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


  • Americas

Donald Trump’s Ban Puts Turnbull in a Bind Over Refugees – Human Rights Watch

Three Paths to America – The New York Times

During Bodega Protests Today on Muslim Ban, Amnesty International Will Drive Calls to Senate from Across U.S. – Amnesty International

Thousands of young Central Americans at risk as refugee ban halts key program – The Guardian

Report links Honduran govt, industry to activist killings – The Washington Post

Friendly Settlement before the IACHR Furthers Progress on Marriage Equality in Chile – IACHR


  • Asia

UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine province – UN News Centre

Iraq: Men Fleeing Mosul Held in Secret – Human Rights Watch

Plan to move Rohingya to remote island prompts fears of human catastrophe – The Guardian

Abusive Philippine ‘Drug War’ Gets Military Reinforcements – Human Rights Watch

China’s Xi Is No Answer To Trump – Human Rights Watch

Kuwait | End crackdown on freedom of expression and women human rights defenders – International Service for Human Rights

Crimea: Defense Lawyers Harassed – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe

9 Syrian Officials Are Accused of Torture in Spanish Court – The New York Times

Turkey, Hungary and Romania drive 23% rise in ECHR applications – The Guardian

Dangerous conditions in Ukraine after heavy fighting shuts down power, water – UN News Centre

Council of Europe urged to investigate Azerbaijan bribery allegations – The Guardian

Austria’s full-face veil ban is a kneejerk reaction to the rise of the far right  – The Guardian

Civilians killed in worsening Ukraine conflict amid concern Donald Trump’s stance could be emboldening rebels – Independent


  • Oceania

How Daniel Andrews’ human rights agenda unravelled – The Guardian


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


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