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

Almost 1.4 million children face ‘imminent death,’ U.N. agency warns – The Washington Post

The State of the World’s Human Rights – Amnesty International

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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

In a period of ‘profound uncertainty,’ stand up for human rights, urges UN rights chief in global appeal – UN News Centre

UN chief Guterres announces steps towards reforming Organization’s peace and security architecture – UN News Centre

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Data for Social Change | An Interview with Andrew Stott

 

By Daniel Marciniak and Vivian Ng

The open data initiative has gained traction and visibility in recent years, particularly with various governments releasing a wide range of public data. Andrew Stott, the former Director for Transparency and Digital Environment for the UK Government, is an expert in this area who has been deeply engaged with the British government’s transformation towards data-driven governance. We interviewed Andrew when he came to speak at the Talk Big Data seminar on ‘Big Data, Big Brother’ at the University of Essex on 17 November 2016.

Could you tell us about the work you have done and your work at data.gov.uk advocating for open data?

I have had a multi-faceted career in government. My recent work has been about driving the open data revolution, fuelling research, improved services in government, and public participation in improving public services at local level.

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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.

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  • Africa

Zimbabwe hits out at US envoy for meddling in human rights issues – AllAfrica

Burundi: Measures being used to ‘criminalize’ work of human rights defenders, warn UN experts – UNNews

Torture prevention in Niger: visible progress but challenges remain – OHCRH

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government’s bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world – BBCNews

Africa’s Hope in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals – AllAfrica

Ideals and values that inspired creation of International Criminal Court still hold true – UN adviser – UNNews 

Somalia’s President Mohamed takes power in fragile state– Financial Times

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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

Enforced disappearances: UN expert group to review in Seoul some 600 cases from 42 countries – OHCHR

 

  • Africa

Africa: 10 Yays for the AU! – AllAfrica

South Africa: Women and girls risk unsafe abortions after being denied legal services –  Amnesty International

Africa: What is Agenda 2063? – AllAfrica

AU’s ‘ICC Withdrawal Strategy’ Less than Meets the Eye – Human Rights Watch

Fears for jailed activists as Cameroon cracks down on anglophone minority – The Guardian

 

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Policing and its relationship with Human Rights

By Graham Dossett

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Recent global images of police brutality provide good reason to cause us to pause and reflect.  Policing need not be unnecessarily violent.  In most cases, in reality, police officers are ordinary members of civil society who have some additional powers and responsibilities in order to allow them to achieve their purpose in circumstances of last resort.  There is absolutely no reason why police and security force personnel cannot treat everyone they deal with, in any circumstance, lawfully and with dignity and humanity.  To do otherwise can be seriously counterproductive.

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