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

At Holocaust memorial, U.N. chief says “irrationality and intolerance are back” – CBS News

  • Africa

Committee on the Rights of the Child considers the reports of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – OHCHR

Congo expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time – The Washington Post

Zimbabwe: Widows Deprived of Property Rights – Human Rights Watch

Witnesses say dozens killed in al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan troops – The Guardian

Egypt: Court Names 1,500 to Terrorist List – Human Rights Watch

South Africa: SA Reflects On Human Rights Monitoring System – AllAfrica

Somalia: AU Should Release Investigation into 14 Civilian Deaths – Human Rights Watch

Leaders gather to elect AU chair, re-examine key issues – Aljazeera


  • Americas

Brazil: Repórter Brasil releases report on poor working conditions & irregular use of pesticides on certified coffee farms, it includes companies’ comments – Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Latin America and the Caribbean can make hunger history – UN News Centre

IACHR Salutes the Advances on Friendly Settlement Procedures during 2016 – IACHR

Chile Could Soon Provide Women With Limited Abortion Rights – Telesur

Trump’s Gag Rule Puts Women’s Health and Lives at Risk Globally – Human Rights Watch

Donald Trump’s immigrant crimes list labelled ‘shocking in the extreme’ by human rights groups – The Independent

Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t– New York Times

Latin America leaders condemn Trump’s Mexico wall at CELAC summit – Aljazeera

Fighting impunity is the best way to protect Mexico’s human rights defenders  – UN News


  • Asia

Indonesian Police, Anti-LGBT Islamists Restart Sinister Collaboration – Human Rights Watch

Burma: Release or Charge Kachin Christians – Human Rights Watch

Urging ‘bold decisions’ to end Yemen conflict, UN envoy says viable peace plan within reach – UN News Centre

Lebanon: Civilians Tried in Military Courts – Human Rights Watch

Yemen human rights ‘breaches staggering’ – BBC News

Palestine- A struggle with history – The Guardian

Cambodia: UN experts call for immediate release of five human rights defenders – UN News

UN Report on Syria Aid Convoy Attack Deserves Action – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe

Ukraine: Armed Conflict-Related Abuse in Detention – Human Rights Watch

EU looks to fund camps in Africa to cut immigration – Aljazeera

European commission criticises Romania over prisoner pardon plan – The Guardian

Turkey human rights abuses overshadow PM’s trade deal talks with President Erdogan – The Independent

EU demands China investigate torture of lawyer and release political prisoners – The Guardian

A Glimmer of Light for Transgender People in Ukraine – Human Rights Watch

Russian MPs pass bill to soften domestic violence law– BBC

Brexit: Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead– BBC

UK Minister Confirms Indefinite Delay In Plans to Replace the Human Rights Act– RightsInfo

UK’s £100m weapons deal with Turkey ‘turns blind eye to rights abuse’ – The Guardian

UK High Court blocks Nigeria oil spill case against Shell – Aljazeera


  • Oceania

Australia’s refugee deal in jeopardy after Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ order – The Guardian

Right to refuse gay weddings protects against other discrimination, inquiry told- The Guardian



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



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