Rights watch

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

In Lydd, Palestinians fear tinderbox of Israel’s war, threat of expulsion

Since October 7, Palestinians in Lydd have been living under constant fear of state violence and Israeli extremists.

U.N. says China violating ‘fundamental rights’ in Xinjiang, Tibet

U.N. human rights chief Volker Turk on Monday said China was violating fundamental rights in its Xinjiang and Tibet regions and called on Beijing to change course.

‘We need a special tribunal’ to try Putin, says Ukrainian Nobel Peace Prize winner

FRANCE 24 spoke to Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022 alongside the Russian NGO Memorial and Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski.

Communist Party Directive Takes Aim At ‘Hostile Forces’ in Vietnam

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) has issued a broad-ranging directive calling for further restrictions against the activities of civil society groups, including trade unions, and increasing scrutiny of foreign organizations and Vietnamese nationals traveling abroad.

India rejects UN concerns over fair participation in upcoming election

UN says it is ‘particularly important in pre-electoral context to ensure open space that respects meaningful participation of everyone’.

Images show North Korea sealing its border with China

North Korea has used the Covid-19 pandemic to seal up its northern border with China, new images from a leading human rights group show.

From pariah to protector? South Africa, genocide, and the world court

South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice belies its recent history of ignoring international law, writes Imogen Saunders. But the case could have long term consequences for how international justice operates.

Colombia, the deadliest country in the Americas for human rights defenders

A new report from the IACHR reveals that the departments where defenders are killed the most are the areas with the highest production of coca.

Greenlandic women sue Danish state for contraceptive ‘violation’

Group of 143 allege they were fitted with coils without consent or knowledge between 1966 and 1970, when some were children.

The price of freedom: The company making millions from Gaza’s misery

An Egyptian company is charging Palestinians $5,000 per person to flee Gaza and has increased its prices 14-fold since the war began. Sky News investigates how the company has become the only option for many families seeking safety.

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