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The disappeared in Mexico, Afghan female footballers and a giant puppet: human rights this fortnight in pictures

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  • Demonstrators drape a sheet with anti-government messages over Bangkok’s democracy monument. Thai protesters have clashed with police during weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations that have continued despite Covid-19 cases remaining at a record high.

    Demonstrators drape a sheet with anti-government messages over Bangkok’s democracy monument.

  • Film and TV posters at an international fair in Beijing. The Chinese government has instructed broadcasters to promote ‘revolutionary culture’ in an attempt to tighten its control over businesses and society.

    Film and TV posters at China’s international fair for trade in services in Beijing.

  • A women’s rights demonstration at a government building in Pristina, Kosovo, after the torture and murder of an 18-year-old woman by her husband and another man. Both men had criminal records and were known to the police. The sign says: ‘The state has abandoned women.’

    Protesters gather at the Kosovo government building.

  • Female football players from the Afghan national team at the emergency operations centre in Avezzano, Italy. The new Taliban government has banned women, including the national cricket team, from playing sport.

    Women football players from the Afghan national team at the emergency operations centre in Avezzano, Italy.

  • Esther, right, and her son – who tested positive for Covid – are treated by health workers at their home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After a year of anti-foreigner rhetoric, migrants and refugees are wary of seeking help from medical services, fearing arrest or detention.

    Esther (right) and her son who tested positive for Covid-19, are treated by medical workers at their home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • A roundabout has been turned into a monument by families and rights groups demanding justice for the victims of forced disappearances in Guadalajara, Mexico. It has been covered with photographs of some of the thousands of missing people.

    A roundabout has been turned into a monument by families and rights groups demanding justice for the victims of forced disappearances in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

  • Transgender sex workers calling for their human rights to be respected stage a performance with activists at a protest against police abuse in Medellín, Colombia.

    Transgender sex workers calling for their human rights to be respected stage a performance with activists at a protest against police abuse in Medellín, Colombia.

  • An activist holds a placard reading ‘No to rape culture’ at a demonstration against Ivory Coast TV channel Nouvelle Chaine Ivoirienne.

  • Polish security forces surround migrants along the border with Belarus. Poland has reinforced its border with Belarus after thousands of migrants from Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries tried to enter the country. Human rights activists are concerned about a group caught along the border, trapped between armed guards on each side.

    Polish security forces surround migrants stuck along the border with Belarus.

  • A photographer from Myanmar, who has not been named for security reasons, won the Visa d’Or News award at the photojournalism festival in Perpignan in France for his coverage of the uprising in his country. His series of photographs, Myanmar’s ‘Spring Revolution’, portray civilian protesters armed with stones, soldiers firing live bullets and families mourning their dead.

    A photographer from Myanmar, who has not been named for security reasons, won the Visa d’Or News award at the international photojournalism festival in Perpignan in France for his coverage of the uprising in his country.

  • A spate of violent attacks on Afghan journalists by the Taliban is prompting growing alarm, with one senior journalist declaring that ‘press freedom has ended’. Journalists from the Etilaatroz newspaper, Nemat Naqdi, 28, left and Taqi Daryabi, 22, say they were beaten by the Taliban after being arrested for reporting on a women’s rights protest in Kabul.

    Journalists from the Etilaatroz newspaper, Nemat Naqdi, 28, left and Taqi Daryabi, 22, were beaten by the Taliban while in custody after they were arrested for reporting on a women’s rights protest in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • The municipal band of Piraeus serenade Little Amal, a giant puppet depicting a young Syrian refugee girl, as she leaves the port of Piraeus in Greece bound for Italy. Little Amal is a 3.5-metre-high puppet walking 5,000 miles (8,000km) across Europe to highlight the plight of child refugees. There are some 26 million refugees worldwide, and more than half of them are children.

    The Municipal Band of Piraeus serenade Little Amal, a giant puppet depicting a young Syrian refugee girl, as she leaves the port of Piraeus in Greece bound for Italy.

  • Students from the University of Texas rally to protest against their state legislature passing the nation’s strictest abortion law, which makes it a crime to abort a foetus after six weeks, or when a heartbeat is detected, even in cases of rape or incest. The near-total abortion ban empowers any private citizen to sue an abortion provider who violates the law. Senate Bill 8 was ushered through the Republican-dominated Texas legislature and signed into law by the governor, Greg Abbott.

    Students from the University of Texas rally to protest the signing of the nation’s strictest abortion law that makes it a crime to abort a fetus after six weeks, or when a heartbeat is detected.

  • A parade of security forces to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea in Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang. The United Nations has warned that Covid-19 had exacerbated human rights concerns in the country and said detainees are forced into gruelling manual labour and beaten so severely it may be a form of torture.

    A parade of paramilitary and public security forces celebrate the 73rd founding anniversary of North Korea at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

  • Relatives mourn a Palestinian boy, Omar Hassan Abu al-Nile, 12, who was shot during a violent demonstration near the border fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. About 350 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces bordering Gaza over more than a year of demonstrations.

    Relatives of Palestinian boy Omar Hassan Abu al-Nile, 12, who was shot on during a violent demonstration near the border fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, mourn his death. About 100 people attended his funeral.

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