International Criminal Court convicts DR Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda; new report on extrajudicial executions in the Philippines; focus on human rights at women's World Cup in France; HRW won't stop fighting deportation of Israel & Palestine director Omar Shakir; EU must press for an end to repression in Central Asia; EU-Ukraine summit; and welcome news from Greece as voters kick out neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn from Parliament.
On Sunday, the United States beat The Netherlands in the final of the women's World Cup in Lyon, France. But there was a lot more at stake then just a game of football.
The authorities in Israel are still threatening to deport HRW's Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir. "Israel portrays itself as the region’s only democracy, but is set to deport a rights defender over his peaceful advocacy. The decision sends the chilling message...” said HRW's deputy program director Tom Porteous.
Federica Mogherini, the EU's high representative for Foreign Affairs, had a perfect opportunity this weekend to discuss human rights problems and to call publicly for the release of unjustly jailed people such as journalist Azimjon Askarov when she met her five Central Asia regional counterparts in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. But what did she do instead?
Today the EU-Ukraine summit takes place in Kyiv - the first for Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy since he took office in May. The summit is an important opportunity for the European Union to reaffirm its expectations of Ukraine in terms of human rights protections.
And there is welcome news from Greece, where the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has crashed out of parliament following elections held on Sunday.