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

  • Africa

Central African Republic: Executions by Rebel Group – Human Rights Watch

Africa: New Mandate for LGBTI Rights At the UN – AllAfrica

Nine countries join UN-supported network to halve maternal, newborn deaths in clinics – UN News Centre

Sexual abuse and corporal punishment ‘widespread’ in Tanzania’s schools – The Guardian

Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans – Human Rights Watch

‘No time to lose’ as humanitarian catastrophe looms in Somalia – UN News Centre

Kenya and South Sudan must reveal fate and whereabouts of two abducted South Sudanese – OHCRH

Congo government: Elections are too expensive, so we may not have one this year – The Washington Post


  • Americas

What happens during a deportation raid in the US? – Aljazeera

Crossing the border: US migrants seek refugee status in Canada – BBC

Mexico’s ‘invisible wall’, a migrant double standard – Aljazeera

Severe drought in Bolivia leaves thousands short of water – BBC

US immigrants stay at home to demonstrate their value – Aljazeera

Venezuelan opposition leader’s sentence upheld day after Trump calls for release – The Guardian

IACHR Announces Competition for Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights – OAS


  • Asia

Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrike Near School – Human Rights Watch

Malaysia arrests North Korean man in connection with death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother – The Washington Post

Iraq: Looting, Destruction by Forces Fighting ISIS – Human Rights Watch

Philippines high court allows protest against vice president – Jurist

U.N. Refugee Agency Must Break Its Silence on Pakistan – Human Rights Watch

UN Human Rights Chief deeply concerned by China clampdown on lawyers and activists – OHCRH

7 Hong Kong police get 2 years’ prison in activist’s beating – The Washington Post

In Duterte’s footsteps, Hun Sen launches a drug war – Asia Times


  • Europe

EU: Human rights cost of refugee deal with Turkey too high to be replicated elsewhere – Amnesty International

New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine – UN News Centre

Human rights within Good Friday deal ‘must get Brexit protection’ – The Guardian

EU: Polish Government Undermines Rule of Law – Human Rights Watch

One million Ukrainian children now need aid as number doubles over past year – UN News Centre

European commission issues ‘final warning’ to UK over air pollution breaches – The Guardian

Austria should improve integrity rules in parliament and independence of the judiciary: anti-corruption report – Council of Europe


  • Oceania

Don’t water down section 18C, Tim Soutphommasane will warn MPs – The Guardian

Australia to boycott global summit on treaty to ban nuclear weapons – The Guardian


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


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