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.

  • Global

Infographics: Inequality in Numbers – Sur

UN expert calls for concerted action to guarantee rights for persons with disabilities – UN News Center

Record Number of Journalists Jailed in 2016, Press Advocacy Group Says – The New York Times

UNHCR Issues Guidelines on Refugee Status of Those Fleeing Conflict – International Justice Resource Center

UN’s new expert on sexual orientation and gender identity faces yet another attempt to halt work – International Service for Human Rights

  • Africa

Only swift action can avert South Sudan genocide, says UN human rights chief – The Guardian

UN rights chief urges establishment of hybrid court for atrocities in South Sudan – UN News Centre

Central African Republic: Arbitrary killings, sexual violence cited in new UN human rights report – UN News Centre

ICC calls S. Africa and UN to explain lack of cooperation on Bashir – Justice Info

Migrants in Libya facing “human rights crisis” – U.N – Africa News

South Sudan faces ‘Rwanda-like’ genocide, UN human rights commission warns – The Independent

Public hearings of torture victims broadcast in Tunisia – Aljazeera

  • America

Colombia court approve plan for expedited peace deal with rebels – Jurist

Brazil senate approves austerity package to freeze social spending for 20 years – The Guardian

Yemeni victim to attend first-ever court hearing on US drone killing – Reprieve

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty gives away rights of Americans – Washington Times

US: Rights Concerns Over Trump Foreign Policy Nominees – Human Rights Watch

Colombia’s slow action on peace deal leaving ‘power vacuum’, UN warns – The Guardian

  • Asia

‘It is past time for you to act’ to end carnage in Aleppo, UN chief tells emergency Security Council session – UN News Center

Syria government renews shelling on east Aleppo – Aljazeera

Syria: Aleppo Residents at Risk as Fighting Resumes – Human Rights Watch

International concern over claims of chemical weapon attack in Syria – The Guardian

Hungry, Thirsty and Bloodied in Battle to Retake Mosul From ISIS– New York Times

Thai fishing industry: abuses continue in unpoliced waters, Greenpeace claims – The Guardian

Lawyer: Police confirm they detained Chinese rights activist – The Washington Post

US defers major Philippines aid package over human rights concerns under President Duterte – The Independent

Uzbekistan: Free Long-Imprisoned Journalist – Human Rights Watch

We visited the place the world has forgotten (pictures and videos of the Yemeni War)- The New York Times

  • Europe

Serb general’s lawyers call for acquittal at genocide trial – The Washington Post

Mladic’s UN war crimes trial ends, judges ponder verdicts – The Washington Post

Russia blocks United Nations tribute to Ban Ki-moon for promoting LGBT rights – The Guardian

Human rights watchdog urges Ireland to do more to safeguard trafficking victims – The Guardian

Fear of Populism is Hollowing Out Europe’s Leadership on Refugees – Human Rights Watch

UK Prisoner numbers ‘must be cut to prevent further violence’– BBC News

Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive 2016 Sakharov Prize – European Parliament News

  • Oceania

Australia death in custody case rouses racism debate – Financial Times

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

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