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.


The Human Rights Centre blog marked Human Rights Day (10 December 2016) with a blog post from the director of the Human Rights Centre, Lorna McGregor, who discussed why we must reclaim human rights.

  • International

Global survey reveals strong support for Geneva Conventions but growing indifference to torture – ICRC

Annual ICC Assembly: States hold ground on ICC, but serious challenges remain – Coalition for the International Criminal Court

How to end gender violence? Give money to visionary local groups – The Guardian


  • Africa

ICC: First Lord’s Resistance Army Trial Begins – Human Rights Watch

South Africa: UN experts shocked by death of at least 37 people in flawed relocation process from psychiatric hospitals – UNCHR

Nigeria: Communities and NGOs protest against super-highway project in Cross River state; say 1 million people will be displaced – Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Egypt: Women’s Rights Defender Arrested: Azza Soliman Accused in Escalation of Foreign Funding Case – Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Bring to justice those behind deadliest church attack in years– Amnesty International

AU special envoy urges South Sudan to respect women’s rights – Africa News

 Zambia FA may face legal conflict over anti-discrimination proposals – BBC

Gambia: UN calls on outgoing President to respect election results and to carry out a peaceful transition– UN News Centre



  • Americas

Inside Central America’s New Anti-Gang Joint Task Force – WOLA

Protesters Gain Victory in Fight Over Dakota Access Oil Pipeline – The New York Times

Report: LGBT Students Still Face Discrimination at School – ABC News

Colombians take to streets to demand justice after rape and murder of 7-year-old girls – Independent

A Bumpy Peace for Colombia – The New York Times

Brazil’s austerity package decried by UN as attack on poor people – The Guardian

Indigenous group in Peru vows to block oil drilling on Amazon ancestral land – The Guardian


  • Asia

The Philippines: No country for poor men – BBC

Malaysia PM urges world to act against ‘genocide’ of Myanmar’s Rohingya – The Guardian

India Records Huge Spike in ‘Honor Killings’ in 2015 – The New York Times

Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action – The Washington Post

UN fears Chinese human rights lawyer has been ‘disappeared’ by authorities – The Guardian

UN experts call on Malaysia to stop targeting human rights defenders under national security legislation – OHCHR


  • Europe

Under-representation of women in political life undermines democratic processes in the Eastern Partnership countries: new study – Council of Europe

Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property – The Washington Post

Men killed 900 women in six years in England and Wales, figures show – The Guardian

Angela Merkel calls for widespread ban on ‘full veil’ Islamic coverings – The Washington Post

Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding discrimination appeal – The Guardian

New cyberattacks on major banks thwarted, Russia says – Aljazeera

Conflict in Ukraine continues to take civilian toll – UN human rights report – UN News Center

Home Office forced to defend anti-fracking groups from extremism claims– The Guardian

Turkey Faces Crossroads Over Constitution– Wall Street Journal


  • Oceania

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders – The Guardian

Australia Expands ‘Control Orders’ on Children: Counterterrorism Measure Applies to 14-Year-Olds – Human rights Watch

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone.







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