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


Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports – UN News Centre

UN women’s rights experts issue findings on Ukraine, Ireland, Jordan, El Salvador, Germany, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Micronesia – OHCHR

Pesticides are “global human rights concern”, say UN experts urging new treaty – OHCHR

UN announces new approach to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation and abuse – UN News Centre

A Challenge to Protect Schools During War  – Amnesty International

Four women’s rights activists you need to know – UNFPA

  • Africa


Sudan: Verdict against three arbitrarily detained human rights defenders postponed to March 5 – FIDH

In Niger, Security Council links aid and development in fight against Boko Haram – UN News Centre

UN: South Sudan blocks desperately needed aid – Aljazeera

Nigeria: Army Investigates Human Rights Abuses – AllAfrica

UK-funded camps in Libya ‘indefinitely detaining asylum seekers’ – The Guardian


  • Americas


Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas – The Washington Post

UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew – UN News Centre

Canada: No plans to clamp down at border to deter migrants – The Washington Post

Forced displacement growing in Colombia despite peace agreement – UNHCR

Brazil’s Illegal Treatment of Women in Prison – Human Right Watch


  • Asia


Israel imposes entry ban on foreign boycott activists – The Washington Post

Syrian children suffer staggering levels of trauma and distress – The Guardian

Former Guantánamo Bay inmate was killed in US airstrike in Yemen – The Guardian

U.N. documents human rights violations in southeast Turkey – Reuters

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up – Amnesty International

Human Rights Council: With Human Rights under Threat, a Time for Leadership  – Human Right Watch


  • Europe


Dying on the streets: The UK’s homeless – Aljazeera

Hungary to detain migrants in border camps, alarming U.N. – Reuters

Protesters shut much of south Nepal a day after clashes – Aljazeera

EU court rules against obligation to issue humanitarian visas – Reuters

UK can strip terror suspects of citizenship, European judges rule  – The Guardian


  • Oceania


Don Dale lawsuit faces jurisdiction and Human Rights Commission hurdles  – The Guardian

Indigenous, Disabled, Imprisoned – the Forgotten Women of International Women’s Day – Human Rights Watch

Gillian Triggs: Racial vilification laws protect those who are silenced by hate speech  – The Guardian

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



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