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

  • Africa


ICC prosecutor says Congo violence could be war crimes – The Washington Post

Conflict now eroding food security in ‘stable’ areas of South Sudan – UN News Centre

Despite outward calm, Ethiopia extends state of emergency – The Washington Post

Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in Central African Republic – UN News Centre

Congo to investigate deaths of American, Swedish UN experts – The Washington Post

Ex-First Lady of Ivory Coast Found Not Guilty of War Crimes – The New York Times

Rwanda: Government Repression in Land Cases – Human Rights Watch

  • Americas


Stripped of their powers, Venezuelan lawmakers accuse Maduro of a ‘coup’ – The Washington Post

Colombia: UN receives 7,000 weapons from FARC-EP as hunt for hidden caches continues – UN News Centre

On Trans Day of Visibility, IACHR Urges States to Ensure Full Inclusion of Trans People and Combat the Factors that Exacerbate Discrimination and Exclusion – IACHR

El Salvador to investigate military leaders over civil war massacre – Reuters

This Mexico judge cleared a 21-year-old of raping a teen. Then he got suspended. – The Washington Post

Wrong Time for US to Leave UN Human Rights Council  – Human Rights Watch

Video Shows Rio Police Executing Two Men – Human Rights Watch


  • Asia


China convicts 2 activists who supported Hong Kong protests – The Washington Post

Bangladesh: Supreme court orders closure of tanning factories – Aljazeera

U.N. Urges Iraq and Allies to Rethink Tactics as Airstrikes Kill Civilians – The New York Times

Thailand accused of failing to stamp out murder and slavery in fishing industry – The Guardian

‘118 foreign detainees die’ in Malaysia in two years – Aljazeera

China says it has detained Taiwanese activist missing since 19 March  – The Guardian

France: Press Indonesia on Key Rights Concerns – Human Rights Watch

Security-centric approach damaging human rights’ – DailyTimes

Malaysia: Reject Security Bill Extension – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe


Hungary’s use of detention in the spotlight as UN torture prevention body concludes visit – OHCHR

European Court of Human Rights Rules in Favor of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in Greek Abuse – Open Society Foundations

Britain’s next Brexit challenge: Retooling E.U. laws to fit into British system – The Washington Post

EU top court upholds economic sanctions against Russia – Jurist

Ireland should remove obstacles to the equality of Travellers, women and children – Council of Europe

Article 50: Government should ensure human rights are protected  – Amnesty International

Ireland ordered to loosen abortion laws by Council of Europe – Independent

EU: Ensure Aid Reaches Refugees with Disabilities – Human Rights Watch


  • Oceania


Coalition should seek ‘fresh mandate’ for 18C reform, inquiry chair says  – The Guardian

Chongyi Feng, Australian academic banned from leaving China, told not to talk – The Guardian


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


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