International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup


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


Stark Inequality: Oxfam Says 8 Men as Rich as Half the World– ABC News

World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights- Human Rights Watch

  • Africa


US eases sanctions against Sudan, citing humanitarian improvements– The Guardian

Inter-communal tensions in Darfur threaten return of millions of displaced people, Security Council told – UN News Centre

Senegal hosts president-elect of The Gambia as Jammeh urged to leave– The Guardian

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’– BBC

Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns– UN News Centre


  • Americas


Chicago Police Routinely Trampled on Civil Rights, Justice Dept. Says– The New York Times

Inmates beheaded as 30 die in Brazil jail riot– Sky News

Brazil: Clash of cultures over Amazon dams– BBC News

Guy Philippe: Former Haiti coup leader pleads not guilty in US court– BBC News

Washington protesters vow to fight for civil rights under Trump– Reuters



  • Asia


UN warns of war crimes over disruption to water supply north of Damascus-The Guardian

Kazakhstan: Trade Union Shut Down– Human Rights Watch

UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo– UN News Centre

Syria ceasefire holding amid rising concerns about aid delivery and Damascus water supply – UN envoy- UN News Centre

Mosul emergency has now displaced over 144,500 Iraqis: IOM– Relief web

Humanitarian crisis in Mosul could outlive Iraqi military operations, senior UN official warns– UN News Centre

Pakistan: Bloggers Feared Abducted– Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan now a ‘continual emergency’, as war drives record numbers from their homes- IRIN News

Bahrain: First executions in more than six years a shocking blow to human rights– Amnesty International

Saudi campaign has killed 1,400 Yemeni kids, UNICEF says- PressTV

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests two human rights activists’– BBC News


  • Europe


Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea– Independent

Attorney general calls for new legal basis for pre-emptive military strikes– The Guardian

More than 90 per cent of children reaching Italy’s shores are separated or unaccompanied – UNICEF – UN News Centre

International conference is ‘watershed moment’ for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoy– UN News Centre

Age checks to stop children accessing online pornography is a breach of human rights, UN warns– The Telegraph

Fresh fears over UK links to Bahrain’s ‘torture prisons’- The Guardian

Migrants battling exposure as freezing temperatures grip Europe, warns UN agency– UN News Centre

Hungary’s Orban defies EU with migrant detentions– Yahoo News



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