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

Pesticide use ‘threatens human rights’, UN advisers say – Chemistryworld


  • Africa

Two United Nations workers kidnapped in DRC – Aljazeera

South Africa launches hate crime unit with Nigeria – Aljazeera

In Somalia, little sign of promised food aid for 6 million people facing starvation – The Guardian

Africa Ignores Cameroon Crisis As Human Rights Abuses Mount – AllAfrica

Angola: Respect Women’s Right to March – Human Rights Watch

African Union and South Sudan stalling on human rights court – AllAfrica

Egypt: Possible Extrajudicial Killings in Sinai – Human Rights Watch

  • Americas

UN expert commends Argentina’s “progressive laws and policies” but urges action to stop attacks on LGBT people – OHCHR

US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the ‘war on terror’ – The Guardian

Following visit to Haiti, UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims – UN News Centre

Colombia Approves Creation of Special War Crimes Court – Voice of America

Jamaica activist arrested after posting names of alleged sexual predators – The Guardian

IACHR Expresses Concern over Setbacks in Federal Protections for Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Students in the United States – IACHR

US Sends Group Rejecting Rights to UN Women’s Commission – Human Rights Watch

Rex Tillerson skips launch of US state department’s human rights report – The Guardian


  • Asia

Punishing rights lawyers a top achievement, says China – Aljazeera

Yemen on brink of famine, warns UN food relief agency chief, appealing for resources and access – UN News Centre

Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 42– BBC

UN experts urge Filipino legislators to reject death penalty bill – OHCHR

Philippine Vice President Slams Duterte’s Drug War in a New Video – Time

‘This is about more than just prisons’: Thailand tries out a special wing for transgender inmates – The Washington Post

China: Disclose Details of Terrorism Convictions – Human Rights Watch

Yemen: Cluster Munitions Wound Children – Human Rights Watch

Senior U.N. official quits after ‘apartheid’ Israel report pulled– Reuters

Assad is secure, but Syria’s war shows no sign of ending- BBC


  • Europe

Scotland leader calls for independence referendum ahead of Brexit – JURIST

Parliament passes Brexit bill and opens way to triggering article 50 – The Guardian

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming – The Guardian

Russian whistleblower might have been poisoned, court hears – The Guardian

E.U. court says employers can ban Muslim headscarf at workplace – The Washington Post

EU top court rejects argument that Tamil Tigers did not engage in ‘terrorist acts’ – JURIST

France: Put Rights at Heart of Presidential Campaign – Human Rights Watch


  • Oceania

Proposed “Homeless Ban” in Australia cause for concern – OHCHR

Street art unites newly landed young migrants in Australia – Reuters


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


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