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

  • America

Donald Trump’s alleged human rights abuses are being tracked by one of the world’s best legal institutions – The Independent

Chile Takes First Step Toward Marriage Equality – Human Rights Watch

Colombia: Spike in killings as activists targeted amid peace process – Amnesty International

Refugees crossing into Canada from US on foot despite freezing temperatures – The Guardian

Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience – UN News Centre

Argentina’s immigrant hotel is a ghost of welcoming times amid deportation order – The Guardian

  • Asia

Iraq: In Mosul Battle, ISIS Used Hospital Base – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights in Myanmar – The New York Times

Saudi Arabia ‘steps up’ crackdown on human rights activists, watchdog claims – Independent

Philippine Lawmaker Declares Abusive ‘Drug War’ A Failure – Human Rights Watch

Israeli legislation on settlements violates international law, says UN chief Guterres – UN News Centre

Indonesia’s Aceh Authorities Lash Hundreds Under Sharia Statutes – Human Rights Watch

Syria: Secret campaign of mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison – Amnesty International

  • Europe

Hungary submits plans to EU to detain all asylum seekers – The Guardian

Serbia confronts its past in landmark Srebrenica trial – Deutsche Welle

EU appoints 19 international judges to special court in Kosovo – Jurist

Thousands of Roma ‘made homeless’ in France in 2016 – Aljazeera

Austria ‘preparing to send troops to protect EU borders’ against refugees – Independent

The Lords should block Brexit to remind Britain the ‘will of the people’ is nothing compared to the ‘will of the rich’ – Independent

UK to end ‘Dubs’ scheme to resettle refugee children– Al Jazeera

  • Oceania

4,444 victims: extent of abuse in Catholic church in Australia revealed – The Guardian

Health fund HCF divests from fossil fuels, saying industry harms members – The Guardian

Australians are worried about Trump. But there’s a lot to be worried about at home – The Guardian

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

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