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


  • Africa


Central African Republic: Four UN peacekeepers wounded in ambush by armed group – UN News Centre

South African High Court Rejects ICC Withdrawal  – Human Rights Watch

Bodies of more than 70 migrants washed ashore in western Libya – The Washington Post

‘Time lost means lives lost,’ warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia – UN News Centre

Africa: Amnesty Report on Human Rights – Africa 2016/2017 – AllAfrica


  • America


Police make arrests at Standing Rock in push to evict remaining activists – The Guardian

Protests over Morales expose divisions among Bolivians – Aljazeera

Haiti / Human rights: UN expert announces new visit to follow-up on his recommendations – OHCRH

US Net Neutrality Rules Turn 2 With Uncertain Future – Human Rights Watch

‘Historic’ day as last FARC-EP members gather to turn in arms – UN News Centre

Children Stuck Behind Bars in Canada – Human Rights Watch

White House rolls back federal transgender protections – Aljazeera


  • Asia


Duterte’s fiercest drug-war critic faces arrest warrant — on drug charges – The Washington Post

Yemen’s health system another victim of the conflict – UN News Centre

Rights groups urge Thailand officials to drop charges against 3 activists – Jurist

Malaysia: ARTICLE 19 condemns conviction of human rights activist for screening banned film – Article 19

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting disarmed Palestinian attacker – The Washington Post

Libya: Discriminatory Restriction on Women – Human Rights Watch

Israel calls Human Rights Watch a propaganda tool, says it is not welcome – The Washington Post

Bahrain: Proposed Military Trials of Civilians – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe


Bavaria approves partial ban on full-face veil – Jurist

Paris: Arrests as youths protest against police abuse – Aljazeera

Turkey lifts military ban on Islamic headscarf – The Guardian

French human rights ‘at tipping point’ as state of emergency continues, says Amnesty International – Independent

Supreme court backs minimum income rule for non-European spouses  – The Guardian

A dark age for human rights in the UK – Amnesty International


  • Oceania


Australia’s ‘inconsistent approach’ to human rights could jeopardise UN seat bid, Amnesty warns  – The Guardian

Pakistan and Australia ‘join hands’ against terrorism – Daily Times


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


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