International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Luiza Drummond Veado and Cecilia Grillo

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world

  • International

Pesticide use ‘threatens human rights’, UN advisers say – Chemistryworld

 

  • Africa

Two United Nations workers kidnapped in DRC – Aljazeera

South Africa launches hate crime unit with Nigeria – Aljazeera

In Somalia, little sign of promised food aid for 6 million people facing starvation – The Guardian

Africa Ignores Cameroon Crisis As Human Rights Abuses Mount – AllAfrica

Angola: Respect Women’s Right to March – Human Rights Watch

African Union and South Sudan stalling on human rights court – AllAfrica

Egypt: Possible Extrajudicial Killings in Sinai – Human Rights Watch

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Luiza Drummond Veado and Cecilia Grillo

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world

  • International

 

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports – UN News Centre

UN women’s rights experts issue findings on Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, El Salvador, Germany, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Micronesia – OHCHR

Pesticides are “global human rights concern”, say UN experts urging new treaty – OHCHR

UN announces new approach to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation and abuse – UN News Centre

A Challenge to Protect Schools During War  – Amnesty International

Four women’s rights activists you need to know – UNFPA

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Data Driven Policing: Highlighting Some Risks Associated with Predicting Crime

By Ajay Sandhu

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT) recently made a submission to the UK Home Affairs Committee inquiry into ‘Policing for the future: changing demands and new challenges’. The submission summarized the opportunities and risks associated with the police’s adoption of ‘data driven technologies,’ which aid the bulk collection, storage, and analysis of data about persons, places, and practices. Data driven technologies can improve the efficiency of police work by offering law enforcement agencies methods of analysing crime data and generating predictions about crime that is yet to take place. For example, police can use data driven technology to make decisions regarding the most-effective allocation of scarce police resources. However, existing research indicates a series of risks that must be considered when adopting data driven technologies. This submission highlights three risks associated with data driven technologies, focusing on: the quality of the input data, the potential for discriminatory decision-making, and privacy harms. This blog recaps the conclusion of our submission by highlighting the risks associated with data driven technologies used to predict crimes.

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Luiza Drummond Veado and Cecilia Grillo

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world

  • International

In Geneva, UN urges upholding human rights amid rising populism and extremism – UN News Centre

‘Make some noise’ for safe, supportive HIV/AIDS care, says UN on Zero Discrimination Day – UN News Centre

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University of Essex Human Rights Centre qualify for oral round of LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot competition

A University of Essex Human Rights Centre team has qualified for the oral rounds of the second LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot competition. The competition will take place on 3rd to 4th March 2017 at the London School of Economics. The Essex team consist of postgraduate students Luiza Drummond Veado, Fredrik Aahsberg and Angela Giannini. The coaches are PhD students Paulina Jimenez Fregoso and Alan Msosa.

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Luiza Drummond Veado and Cecilia Grillo

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world

  • International

Almost 1.4 million children face ‘imminent death,’ U.N. agency warns – The Washington Post

The State of the World’s Human Rights – Amnesty International

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