Rights watch



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

Singapore: Fake news law a ‘disaster’ for freedom of speech, says rights group

Singapore’s parliament has passed legislation against “fake news”, a move that has been criticised by rights groups, journalists and tech firms over fears it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech.

Algeria: Human rights lawyer subject to judicial harassment

Salah Dabouz, a former president of the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH), is facing a trial for Facebook posts in which he criticized the prosecution of members of the country’s Mozabite ethnic minority.

Myanmar: Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters journalists released from jail

After more than 500 days in prison, two Reuters journalists convicted of breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act have been released from prison.

Chechnya: Human rights group reports new wave of gay abuse

More gay men are being detained and tortured in the Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an international human rights group.

China: Transgender people driven to self-medicate

Young transgender men and women in China are turning to dangerous black market drugs and even life-threatening self surgery, according to a new report from Amnesty International.