International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Nina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Manon Clayette, and Ayushi Kalyan

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

Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN – UN News Centre 

The Revived Debate over Development and Human Rights: Economic Self-Determination, Sovereignty, and Non-Discrimination in State Policies – EJIL: Talk!

Africa

Mali | Groundbreaking new law strengthens legal protection of human rights defenders – International Service for Human Rights

Nigeria: Providing Much-Needed Care in Isolated Enclaves – Doctors Without Borders

More flee Cameroon’s English-speaking areas; UN concerned over safety of women and children – UN News Centre

DRC: Protesters killed in anti-Kabila protests – AlJazeera

Cape Town confronts looming ‘Day Zero’ water crisis – AlJazeera

George Weah to be sworn in with Liberian hopes sky-high – Agence France Presse

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Members of HRBDT Project Submit Evidence on Proposed Amendments to Investigatory Powers Act

 

On 30 November 2017 the Home Office issued an open consultation regarding proposed amendments to the UK Investigatory Powers Act 2016. These amendments were proposed in response to an adverse judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15.

The full scope of the proposed amendments are discussed in the Government’s Consultation Document.

Dr. Daragh Murray, Prof. Pete Fussey, and Prof. Maurice Sunkin QC, members of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, submitted written evidence. Their submission focused on the Government’s proposal to amend the statutory purposes for which communications data may be retained or acquired. It argues that the Government’s proposals are overly broad, add uncertainty to the law, and have not been adequately justified. Continue reading

International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç Güneş, Francesca Fazio

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

Migration, sustaining peace, development high on UN General Assembly’s agenda for 2018 – UN News Centre

Freedom of expression under threat – Human Rights Watch

Migration should be act of hope, not despair: UN chief proposes ways to maximize migrants’ contributions – UN News Centre

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Nina Giraudel, Manon Clayette, and Ayushi Kalyan

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

#MeToo is important, but the war on women is a far, far bigger deal – The Guardian

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine – The New York Times

Defending the environment has become a suicide mission in many parts of the world– Los Angeles Times

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç Güneş, Francesca Fazio

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

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Everyone has the right to work without fear of violence, so why should sex workers be any different? – Independent

Protection, well-being of uprooted children must be central to new global migration compact – UNICEF – UN News Centre

Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns – UN News Centre

The State of Marriage Equality Worldwide – Human Rights Watch

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report – UN News Centre

Assembly activates Court’s jurisdiction over crime of aggression– International Criminal Court

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To be a truly progressive party Labour need a Manifesto for Social Rights

By Paul Hunt

People have a inalienable right to a decent home, a good healthcare system, education, and social security. Labour need to start stating this.

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Corbyn is the first leader of the Labour Party to talk explicitly about social rights. And increasingly, the UK’s national human rights institutions are using explicit social rights language. This might be how we realise a new progressive politics.

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