International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Luiza Drummond Veado

 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.


  • 2016 in review

UN’s 2016 Year in Review: Challenges and milestones for the international community – UN News Centre

The Most Read Human Rights Stories of 2016 – Human Rights Watch

2016’s Top UK Human Rights Stories – Rightsinfo

2016 – The Year in Human Rights Tweets – Human Rights Watch

  • Africa

Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram has not been crushed – Aljazeera

Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide – The New York Times

Egypt ratifies new law regulating media outlets – Aljazeera

Amid renewed violence in Somalia’s Gaalkacyo, UN envoy urges respect for ceasefire agreement – UN News Centre

Nowhere to run for the children of South Sudan – Aljazeera


  • Americas

UN experts condemn string of Ecuador clampdowns on human rights organizations – OHCHR

UN rights experts welcome end of “discriminatory” US counter-terrorism measure – OHCHR

Colombia approves amnesty agreed in Farc peace deal – BBC

Argentina Human Rights Hero Milagro Sala Sentenced to 3 Years – Telesur


  • Asia

Flotilla planned to help Rohingya in Myanmar – Aljazeera

Syrian Medical Facilities Were Attacked More Than 250 Times This Year – The Huffington Post

Syria conflict: Clashes reported despite truce – BBC

Syria: UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on War Crimes Investigations – Human Rights Watch

Iraq: UN-Habitat rehabilitates 123 conflict-damaged houses in Anbar Governorate – UN News Centre

Bangladesh garment factories sack hundreds after pay protests – The Guardian


  • Europe

Turkey and Russia ‘agree terms of Syria ceasefire’ – The Guardian

Calais child asylum seekers launch legal action against UK government – The Guardian

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016 – Aljazeera

Theresa May ‘will campaign to leave the European Convention on Human Rights in 2020 election’ – The Independent

Turkey: Journalists, Writers Face Terrorism, Separatism Charges – Human Rights Watch


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



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