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On 21 July, Amnesty International said that the Hong Kong authorities’ prosecution of three pro-democracy student leaders sends a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the city.
On 19 July, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on the Turkish authorities to respond to the attempted military coup on 15 July by reinforcing the protection of human rights and strengthening democratic institutions and checks and balances.
Almost a quarter of a million children in parts of Nigeria's Borno state formerly controlled by Boko Haram are suffering from severe malnutrition, the UN children's agency says. Tens of thousands will die if treatment does not reach them soon, UNICEF warns.
With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day on 15 July.
Development banks should respect human rights in their investments around the world and ensure their activities are not putting human rights defenders at risk, the Coalition on Human Rights in Development said on 14 July in a joint petition signed by 154 development, human rights, and environment groups.
Local justice organisations and the American Civil Liberties Union sued local and state officials and law enforcement agencies in federal court on Wednesday, accusing them of abusing peaceful protesters and violating their constitutional rights.
Egypt's security services had forcibly made hundreds of people disappear and tortured them in the past year to try to tackle dissent, Amnesty International said on 13 July.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on the Thai authorities to withdraw all charges against Taweesak Kerdpoka, a reporter for the independent news website Prachatai, who was arrested on 10 July while covering the activities of members of the opposition New Democracy Movement (NDM) and was released on bail on 11 July.
“I welcome the government’s efforts to combat racism and homophobia in Greece. The 2014 anti-racism law has consolidated the legislative framework and provided useful tools to prosecutors and police officers. However, much more is needed in order to bring this law to life and to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of justice and law enforcement,” said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of his five-day visit to Greece on 8 July.
On 7 July, German parliament has passed the so-called No means No law. Consequently this law brings Germany in line with the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention to end violence against women.