International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

 By Luiza Drummond Veado and Cecilia Grillo

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

  • International

Amnesty International Slams Colgate, Nestlé and Unilever For Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses – Forbes

WHO issues new guidance on HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day – WHO

UN’s new LGBT expert urges global partnership to end violence and discrimination – UN News

Defenders of women’s rights speak out – The Guardian

  • Europe

EU Report Focuses on Hardships of EU’s Roma Population – The New York Times

EU Counterterrorism Directive Seriously Flawed – Human Rights Watch

Luxembourg Prime Minister Becomes First EU Leader To Marry Same-Sex Partner – NPR

Ireland offers £25,000 to woman forced to have abortion in the UK – The Independent

Dutch court rejects lawsuit over Ivory Coast spill – World Bulletin

When is the Supreme Court judgment on Article 50 and will it derail Brexit? – The Telegraph

The Government Just Got Hugely Increased Data Spying Powers – Rights info

Austria election: Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer concedes defeat – The Independent

  • Africa

Act to protect civilians, UN experts urge Burundi Government – OHCHR

How South Africa’s women are eradicating HIV at the front line of the Aids epidemic – International Business Times

Egypt’s Parliament passes new NGO law – Mada Masr

Morocco: Drop Homosexuality Charges Against Teenage Girls – Human Rights Watch

Group Storm Lagos Assembly over abuse of Human Rights – Nigeria Today

Yahya Jammeh loses to Adama Barrow in Gambia election – Aljazeera

  • Americas

High time to protect sexual and reproductive rights defenders in the Americas – OHCHR

Colombian Peace is Ratified. When is “D-Day?” – WOLA

As a Distracted Brazil Mourns, Lawmakers Gut a Corruption Bill – the New York Times

The US Supreme Court’s Chance to Protect Immigrants’ Rights – Human Rights Watch

Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election result – The Guardian

UN admits for first time that peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti – The Guardian

  • Asia

Myanmar: UN rights chief warns of ‘spiral of violence’ in Rakhine state – UN News

Another Mass Grave Dug by ISIS in Iraq, and a Ghastly Ritual Renewed – The New York Times

Philippines: Presidential speech threatens to kill human rights defenders – Frontline Defenders

Sports journalist jailed for three months in Bahrain over a tweet – The Guardian

US says mistaken coalition airstrikes in Syria were legal – Business Insider

Family of Chinese human rights lawyer fear he may have been secretly detained – The Guardian


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