Rights watch

Rights watch

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

US finds Israeli units committed human rights abuses before Gaza war

State department says five units mostly from IDF but including at least one police unit responsible for gross violations in West Bank.

Manahel al-Otaibi: Saudi women’s rights activist jailed for 11 years

Two human rights groups have condemned an 11-year prison sentence handed to a Saudi fitness instructor and women’s rights activist by a terrorism court.

When It Comes to TikTok, the World’s Democracies Have Played the Sucker for Far Too Long

China’s violations of human rights and the basic norms of internet freedom are blatant and obvious. This month, with little fanfare, the country ordered Apple to block downloads of WhatsApp, Threads and Signal within its borders.

A decade of failure at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

African human rights commission says it opposes anti-LGBT bias but keeps discriminating.

Pro-Palestinian Columbia students file civil rights complaint against school

Pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school for discrimination against Gaza protesters and students from Palestine.

India again rebukes U.S. reports on human rights abuses, calls the report highlighting ‘Manipur’ as ‘deeply biased’

Amidst escalating tensions between India and the United States, a recent report on alleged human rights abuses has sparked controversy. India has vehemently rejected the report, slamming it as “deeply biased” and showcasing a “poor understanding” of the nation.

AMLO blasts ‘lies’ in US State Department human rights report on Mexico

The United States government’s annual human rights report on Mexico has once again drawn the ire of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who asserted that the document contains false information and is disrespectful of Mexico’s sovereignty.

Pakistan dispatch: judges, lawyers and other luminaries gather to celebrate the legacy of Pakistan human rights pioneer Asma Jahangir

Law students and law graduates in Pakistan are reporting for JURIST on events in that country impacting its legal system. Abu Bakar Khan is a final year law student at University Law College, University of the Punjab. He files this dispatch from Lahore.

SpaceX Is Reportedly Finalizing a Starlink Deal in Yemen

Starlink is already being illicitly used in Yemen. But a government official says Starlink use will soon be above board.

A sanctioned strongman and the ‘fall’ of Myanmar’s Myawaddy

The key border town was ‘liberated’ by Myanmar’s anti-coup fighters, but the story was far more complex than many realised.

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