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

Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel – UN News Centre

Development cooperation is key to realizing rights to safe drinking water and sanitation – OHCHR

YouTube Censors HRW Video on LGBT Censorship – Human Rights Watch


  • Africa

ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims – BBC

Zimbabwe: Protests Against Eunice Sandi-Moyo and Sarah Mahoka – AllAfrica

Gambia to set up truth commission to probe Jammeh’s rule – BBC

Global court gives Congo’s Bemba an extra year for witness bribing – Reuters

Kenya: Protect Somalis Facing Conflict, Abuses, Drought – Human Rights Watch

Sudan: Criminalization of human rights work threatens protection of freedoms – Amnesty International

South African Human Rights Commission Commemorates Human Rights Day – AllAfrica


  • Americas

Former Haitian mayor sued in Boston over human rights abuses – Reuters

IACHR Condemns Alarming Numbers of LGBT Killings in the Region So Far this Year – IACHR

Canada passes M-103 motion against Islamophobia – Aljazeera

IACHR Holds First Hearing on the Rights of Sex Workers in the Americas -IACHR

Mass Grave Found in Venezuelan Prison – Human Rights Watch

White House refuses to attend international meeting to discuss human rights – Independent

US declines to sign letter criticising China over torture of human rights lawyers – Independent


  • Asia

Israel shuts down Arab primary school in East Jerusalem – Aljazeera

North Korea crimes to be documented for prosecution someday – Reuters

Murder in Malaysia: how protecting native forests cost an activist his life – The Guardian

ILO defers decision on whether to investigate Qatar on migrant abuses – Thomson Reuters Foundation News

The Syrians Campaigning For Justice For Those ‘Disappeared’ By Assad – The Huffington Post

Burma: UN Takes Key Step for Justice – Human Rights Watch

Yemen: Attack on Refugee Boat Likely War Crime – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe

Council of Europe calls on Hungary to reconsider new law that risks exposing migrant children to sexual exploitation – Council of Europe

Swiss authorities extradite war-crimes suspect to Bosnia – The Seattle Times

Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests –  Committee to Protect Journalists

The European Committee of Social Rights publishes its 2016 Activity Report – Council of Europe

Germany to overturn convictions of gay men prosecuted after war – The Guardian

London: The Attack at Westminster – Human Rights Watch

Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties – Reuters

British MPs say Turkish president using attempted coup to suppress human rights – The Guardian


  • Oceania

What Australia Needs to Ask When China Visits – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Commission calls for ban on religious discrimination – The Daily Telegraph


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


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