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German arms sales to Egypt must meet human rights criteria, foreign minister says

The German decision is in line with the coalition government’s position of reducing arms sales to non-European and NATO countries. Egypt is the leading recipient of German weapons

Saudi spying Pegasus Saudis used Pegasus to spy on UN investigator looking into war crimes in Yemen 

Saudi Arabia started spying on the chairman of the UN-mandated Group of Eminent Experts weeks before the independent panel released a bombshell report recommending criminal prosecution against members of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen

Thailand protests As petition against Thailand’s lèse-majesté law receives over 200,000 signatures, pressure on government grows

As authorities in Thailand have escalated the political crackdown on activists through prosecutions and lawsuits, civil society groups and progressive movements continue demanding legal changes, accountability, and the release of political detainees

Bangladesh enforced disappearances A decade of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Several rights organizations have called for Bangladeshi security agencies to be held accountable for allegedly subjecting hundreds of people to enforced disappearances in the country

UN report on killing of Soleimani UN investigator’s report condemns US drone strike targeting Qassem Soleimani

The report by Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, is due to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday

Shell workers Nigeria IndustriALL questions violations of worker rights by Shell in Nigeria

82% of oil giant Shell’s workforce in Nigeria is sourced through labor contractors. As per IndustriALL, the workers “live in poverty with no job security, poor healthcare and little regard for health and safety.”

UN publishes list of companies with ties to illegal Israeli settlements in West Bank

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered to be a war crime and are illegal under international law.