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Chinese human rights lawyer Chang Weiping in closed trial as family barred from county

Chinese human rights lawyer Chang Weiping was tried behind closed doors on Tuesday for subversion in Shaanxi province after his family was unable to attend the hearing.

Fighting reprisals against activists in India: international human rights groups to the EU

Five international human rights groups have issued a joint statement urging the European Union to address reprisals against human rights defenders and systematic attacks against civil society actors in India.

Millions in Pakistan without digital IDs: rights activists

After three years of repeated attempts to obtain her digital national identity card, Rubina, a woman from Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, decided to take her battle to court, winning a historic victory.

ExxonMobil’s Indonesian accusers go to court after 21 years

A group of Indonesian villagers who are suing ExxonMobil for alleged human rights abuses will have their day in court after a judge rules their case can go to trial after more than two decades in legal limbo.

Rights groups blast Macron’s decision to host Mohammed bin Salman

Human rights activists have denounced Emmanuel Macron’s decision to host Mohammed bin Salman for talks in Paris during the Saudi crown prince’s first visit to Europe since the journalist’s murder nearly four years ago Jamal Khashoggi.

Egyptian activist: “I am disappointed with German politicians”

Sanaa Seif, sister of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of Egypt’s best-known dissidents, was recently in Berlin. She told DW about her brother’s hunger strike and Europe’s double standards on Ukraine and the Middle East.

UK in diplomatic stalemate over removal of abortion rights from gender declaration

The UK government is in a diplomatic stalemate with three European countries over a declaration on gender equality which it amended to remove commitments to women’s reproductive and sexual health rights.

Chile files first human rights complaint for captive orangutan

The Chilean Foundation for Interspecies Justice has filed a lawsuit for an orangutan in captivity, in the country’s first “Habeas Corpus” in favor of a non-human animal.

Hundreds of human rights defenders killed in Colombia in 5 years – UN report

More than 562 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia between 2016 and 2021, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office.

Lavrov’s African tour, another front in the struggle between the West and Moscow

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, arrives in Uganda for the final leg of his Africa tour, aimed at rallying the continent’s support for Russia as the war in Ukraine enters its sixth month.


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