Rights watch

Rights watch

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

20 years since rights lawyer Somchai disappeared, still no justice | Bangkok Post

Twenty years have now passed since the disappearance of lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit and Thai and international human rights advocates are still waiting for justice and the truth to be told.

Olga Mikhailova spent 16 years defending Alexey Navalny in court – now her most famous client is dead, and she’s in exile | Meduza

In an interview with Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter, Olga Mikhailova reflects on the life and death of her most famous client and what the persecution of Navalny’s lawyers means for their colleagues working in Russia today.

Israeli human rights groups accuse country of failing to abide by ICJ’s Gaza aid ruling | The Guardian

Twelve of Israel’s most prominent human rights organisations have signed an open letter accusing the country of failing to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) provisional ruling that it should facilitate access of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

UN: Iran committed crimes against humanity during protest crackdown | The Guardian

The Iranian regime’s human rights violations during its brutal suppression of protests in 2022 amount to crimes against humanity, a UN fact-finding mission (FFM) has said.

Inter-American court convicts Brazil for human rights violations | The Brazilian Report

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has announced two convictions against Brazil for human rights violations committed by the police.

Human rights groups sue Denmark over arms exports to Israel | Euronews

A group of the world’s most prominent human rights organisations is suing Danish authorities over the continued exports of arms to Israel even as more than 30,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli military.

Ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, Sapporo High Court rules | The Japan Times

The Sapporo High Court has ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, with strong phrasing that is expected to pressure the government and lawmakers for action.

India’s new citizenship law for religious minorities leaves Muslims out | CBC

India is providing a fast-track to citizenship for religious minorities seeking refuge in the country — except, that is, for Muslims.

French lawmakers approve bill penalising fast fashion | CNN

France’s lower house of parliament has approved a bill seeking penalties on ultra-fast fashion products, sold by companies like China’s Shein, aimed at helping to offset their environmental impact.

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