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Rights watch

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

Human rights lawyer predicts international warrants in Rohingya genocide case | Voice of America

A court in Argentina is hearing evidence of genocide in the 2017 murder and rape of tens of thousands of Rohingya people and may soon issue international arrest warrants against members of the Myanmar military, according to a legal representative of the Rohingya complainants.

‘I am ready to return whenever they say’: Nasrin Sotoudeh on prison, the hijab, and violence in Iran | The Guardian

In an exclusive interview, the human rights lawyer, temporarily released from jail on medical grounds, describes her love for her family, and why she keeps going despite brutal treatment at the hands of the regime.

Israel orders shut down of Al Jazeera in the country, seizes equipment, in ‘dark day for democracy’ | CNN

Israel has shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in the country and seized some of its communication equipment, prompting condemnation from the United Nations and rights groups over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s moves to restrict press freedoms.

Possible genocide committed in Sudan, report says | BBC News

A genocide may have been committed in the West Darfur city of El Geneina in one of the worst atrocities of the year-long Sudanese civil war, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Israeli whistleblowers detail abuse of Palestinians in shadowy detention centre | CNN

At a military base that now doubles as a detention centre in Israel’s Negev desert, an Israeli working at the facility snapped two photographs of a scene that he says continues to haunt him.

Vietnam’s arrest of reformist labour lawyer could disturb bid for better trade terms with the US | NBC News

A senior Vietnamese lawyer with the country’s labour ministry was arrested for “deliberately disclosing state secrets”, police have announced, a development that analysts say could hurt Vietnam’s efforts to obtain more favourable trade terms for exports to the United States.

Human rights groups call on France to hold Bashar Al-Assad accountable for 2013 chemical attacks | JURIST

Syrian and international human rights groups and victims’ associations have called upon the French government to support the independent investigation against Bashar Al-Assad on the 2013 Syrian chemical attack in a joint statement.

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof sentenced to eight years in prison and flogging | The Guardian

The Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in prison, flogging, a fine and the confiscation of property, his lawyer has confirmed.

Opinion: European realpolitik risks undermining democracy and respect for human rights abroad | EURACTIV

Europe takes pride in the export of rule of law and democracy, but has done quite the opposite by supporting corrupt regimes with woeful human rights records, turning a blind eye to their misdeeds when it suits, argues Joël Ruet.

“Brazilian Superman” takes social media by storm | Samaa

A 36-year-old human rights lawyer from Brazil, Leonardo Mailart, has become an unlikely internet sensation after a stranger posted his photos and videos on social media, highlighting his striking resemblance to Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.

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