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 Geneva, UN urges upholding human rights amid rising populism and extremism – UN News Centre

‘Make some noise’ for safe, supportive HIV/AIDS care, says UN on Zero Discrimination Day – UN News Centre

  • Africa

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

South Africa: Celebrate Your Basic Human Rights  AllAfrica

More than 100 people starve to death in 48 hours in drought-hit region of Somalia, government warns – Independent

Human rights must shape economic reforms in Tunisia- UN expert – AfricaNews

Iranian Officials’ Hypocrisy Over Oscar Win – Human Rights Watch

Zimbabwe nurses join doctors’ strike over unpaid bonuses – Aljazeera

Cholera on the rise in famine-hit South Sudan – Aljazeera

  • Americas

White House calls on UN Human Rights Council to end ‘obsession with Israel’ – Independent

Is brutal treatment of young offenders fuelling crime rates in Brazil? – The Guardian

Mexico opens legal aid centres to fight US deportations – BBCNews

Another Indigenous Human Rights Activist Killed in Colombia – Telesur

US ‘considers withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council’ – Independent

Berta Cáceres court papers show murder suspects’ links to US-trained elite troops – The Guardian

Colombia’s FARC rebels begin disarming under peace deal – Aljazeera

  • Asia

China dismisses human rights activists’ torture claims as ‘fake news’ – Independent

Bangladesh: Man Released From Long Secret Detention – Human Rights Watch

Jordan: 15 executions ‘shocking’ says human rights group – The Guardian

Human rights violations endemic in South Asia – Amnesty International

Nationalist group ABVP accused of Delhi campus violence – Aljazeera

Rodrigo Duterte’s next target: 9-year-old children – The Washington Post

  • Europe

Northern Ireland election 2017: implications for human rights – Amnesty International

Anders Breivik: Norway did not violate mass killer’s human rights, rules appeals court – Independent

’10 attacks a day’ against refugees, shelters in 2016 – Aljazeera

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey – The Guardian

Compulsory sex education: Human rights campaigners criticise government over faith school ‘get-out clause’ – Independent

Is the Privacy of Europeans at Risk? – Human Rights Watch

Germany racial profiling: UN experts highlight situation of people of African descent – OHCHR

Polish judges urged to ‘fight every inch’ for their independence – The Guardian

Italy appeals court rules in favor of same-sex parental rights – Jurist

  • Oceania

Time for Marriage Equality in Australia – Human Rights Watch

Australia encourages Israel’s occupation of Palestine – Aljazeera

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


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