Roe v Wade and Sri Lanka curfews: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

The Guardian - Sat May 14 06:30

  • Two pro-choice protesters attend a rally outside the federal courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, in response to the leaked supreme court draft opinion to overturn Roe v Wade.

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    Two young pro-choice protesters outside the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Nashville.
  • A woman makes a noise with her pots outside her window during a protest against the Covid lockdown conditions in Shanghai. Tensions are high in the city of 25 million, as the state’s zero-tolerance approach to containing the virus has caused widespread discontent.

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    A woman bangs pots outside her window during a protest against the Covid-19 lockdown conditions in Shanghai.
  • African migrants gather outside the UN office in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, for a third day of a sit-in protest. Hundreds of people from Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia say they fled hunger and violence to get to safety in Europe and are now being held in limbo, and are demanding to be evacuated to another country.

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    African migrants gathered outside the UN office in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, for the third day of a sit-in protest.
  • Pro-Ukrainian street art in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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    Pro-Ukrainian posters in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • The latest World Press Freedom Index shows on a map where dangerous disinformation is at its highest. Red indicates where unregulated online content and political propaganda are at their worst. Political divisions worldwide had been amplified by such behaviour, the media watchdog warned, and even contributed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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    The latest World Press Freedom Index map of the world.
  • Military vehicles on Tverskaya street, Moscow, during night rehearsals for Russia’s Victory Day parade on Red Square on 9 May.

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    Military vehicles on Tverskaya street, Moscow, during night rehearsals for Russia’s Victory Day parade on Red Square on 9 May.
  • Awareness posters at the Cyprus police anti-trafficking unit in the capital Nicosia. The island is a hub for trafficked women from eastern Europe and Africa.

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    Awareness posters at the anti-trafficking unit of Cyprus police in the capital Nicosia.
  • Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned this week after months of protests against the country’s economic crisis. Stones are seen on an empty street during a curfew a day after police fired on protesters in the town of Rambukkana, killing one person and wounding a dozen. The authorities have pledged to investigate after initially peaceful protests left many dead around the country.

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    Stones are seen on an empty street during a curfew in the town of Rambukkana, Sri Lanka.
  • After more than 19 months, the human rights commission of Mexico recovers its headquarters from feminists who occupied it to demand justice for the victims of femicide, after police cleared the building.

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    Human Rights Commission of Mexico headquarters.
  • Dinghies used by people attempting to cross the Channel and intercepted by Border Force are moored in Dover. The UK government has announced that the first refugees were told whether they would be relocated to Rwanda under widely criticised plans.

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    Dinghies moored in Dover, after being intercepted by the UK Border Force as people attempted to cross the Channel.
  • Feminist groups protest in Mexico City to demand justice after the recent suspected murder of 18-year-old student Debanhi Escobar Bazaldúa. Five young women have been found dead in the region of Nuevo León since January. No one has been arrested in connection with Bazaldúa’s death.

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    Feminist groups protest in Mexico City to demand justice after the recent suspected murder of 18-year-old student Debanhi Escobar Bazaldúa.
  • Returns are sorted during the presidential election in the Philippines. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr won the race despite incidents of violence and complaints of faulty vote counting machines. Marcos is the son of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was accused of corruption and committing widespread human rights abuses during his autocratic rule.

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    Returns are sorted during the presidential election in the Philippines
  • Taiwanese pro-democracy and human rights activist Lee Ming-che, left, and wife Lee Ching-yu at a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, 10 May 2022. Lee was detained by authorities in China in March 2017 and served five years in prison on charges of subversion before being released last month after international pressure and advocacy from his wife.

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    Taiwanese pro-democracy and human rights activist Lee Ming-che, left, and wife Lee Ching-yu.
  • Rwandans attend the 28th local commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi at the Murambi memorial in Nyamagabe. It is estimated the Tutsi genocide claimed between 800,000 and 1 million lives, mainly among the Tutsi minority, between April and July 1994.

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    Rwandans attend the 28th local commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi at the Murambi genocide memorial in Nyamagabe.
  • A protest in Istanbul against a Turkish court decision that sentenced philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison for trying to overthrow the government.

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    A protest in Istanbul against a Turkish court decision that sentenced philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison for trying to overthrow the government.