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.

  • International

Protests around world show solidarity with Women’s March on Washington – The Guardian

Human Rights Watch World Report – Human Rights Watch

New UN manual aims to address management of violent extremists in prison settings – UN News Centre

World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% – The Guardian

Emergence of populist leaders threatens democracy, says Human Rights Watch – The Guardian

 UN rights chief urges executives gathering in Davos to stand up for human rights – UN News Center

One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UN agency finds – UN News Centre

  • Africa

Egypt court ruling upholds decision to freeze assets of women’s rights activists – The Guardian

South Africa: SA Govt Failing Disabled Children – HRW Report – AllAfrica

Burundi: Attacks by Ruling Party Youth League Members – Human Rights Watch

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election – BBC

New drought strikes millions in Ethiopia, still reeling from El Nino- Reuters

  • Americas

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama– The Guardian

Donald Trump listed as threat to human rights by watchdog due to his ‘politics of intolerance’ – Independent

Goldman Prize-winning activist slain in northern Mexico – The Washington Post

US court rules that cleared Guantánamo prisoners have no right to be released – Reprieve

Brazil supreme court justice overseeing vast corruption case dies in plane crash – The Guardian

  • Asia

China: Drop Charges Against Tibetan Education Activist – Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Human rights on the brink of crisis – Amnesty International

Hong Kong human rights situation ‘worst since handover to China’ – The Guardian

Yemen conflict: At least 10,000 killed, says UN – BBC

Philippine Officials’ Anti-Condom Stance Imperils Youth – Human Rights Watch

Thailand sets up reconciliation panel ahead of polls – Aljazeera

  • Europe

EU citizens in UK could face ‘deliberate hostility’ policy after Brexit – The Guardian

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them – Amnesty International

How you can help EU nationals living in the UK facing Brexit uncertainty – Independent

Greece: Refugees with Disabilities Overlooked, Underserved – Human Rights Watch

Russia’s Top Court Decided To Ignore A Huge Human Rights Judgment – RightsInfo

Jack Straw and UK government must face kidnap and torture claims, court rules– The Guardian

European court rejects whole-life murder term challenge– BBC

  • Oceania

It may not be ideal, but we are saving lives at sea – The Australian

Australia’s export credit agency could fund offshoring of jobs, Senate inquiry told  – The Guardian

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


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