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

International Court Says Violence in Congo May Amount to War Crimes – The New York Times

ECOWAS election observation mission urges peaceful parliamentary vote in the Gambia – ECOWAS

Mali ratifies amendment to Montreal Protocol, first country vowing to slash HFCs – OHCHR

The low-down: South Africa before ICC over al-Bashir non-arrest – Coalition for the ICC

Ethiopia: No Justice in Somali Region Killings – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch Testimony at Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs and Global Health Policy on Dodd-Frank Section 1502 – Human Rights Watch

Africa Rights Court to Visit Egypt and Tunisia – AllAfrica

Egypt’s Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday – BBC News


  • Americas

Denounced as dictator, Maduro backs down, reverses court’s ruling on Venezuela legislature’s powers – The Washington Post

Paraguay ‘coup’: death of activist threatens to reignite protests – The Guardian

Former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt to face second genocide trial – Reuters

Colombia: Prosecution Suspended on Army Killings Case – Human Rights Watch

Peruvian court: Indigenous communities must be consulted before drilling – CRUX

New Brunswick becomes first Canada province to offer free abortion pill – The Guardian

25 Years After Self-Coup, Peru’s Ex-Dictator Fujimori Declares Himself ‘Architect of Modern Democracy’ – Telesur

Exclusive: Mexico opens up its heroin fight to U.S., U.N. observers – Reuters

Uruguay government legalises sale of recreational cannabis in pharmacies – Independent


  • Asia

Bahrain approves military trials for civilians – Aljazeera

China: 3 Activists Convicted on Bogus Charges – Human Rights Watch

Chemical attack kills dozens in Syria as victims foam at the mouth, activists say – The Washington Post

Syria war: US warns of ‘more’ after missile strikes– BBC

Thailand’s king signs constitution that cements junta’s grip – The Guardian

Donors pledge $6 billion to help support future of war-torn Syria at UN-backed conference – UN News Centre

Aung San Suu Kyi: From human rights heroine to alienated icon – BBC News


  • Europe

Chechen police ‘have rounded up more than 100 suspected gay men’ – The Guardian

Armenia elections tainted by vote-buying: OSCE monitors – Aljazeera

UN rights experts urge Russia to drop Jehovah’s Witness lawsuit which threatens religious freedom – OHCHR

Iceland to enshrine equal pay for women and men in law – The Guardian

Protests against Vucic’s election win for third day – Aljazeera

Brexit: Human rights must form ‘key component of future trade deals’, says Commons report – Independent

UN’s ‘Universal Declaration’ most important contribution to UK human rights in last 80 years – new survey  – Amnesty International


  • Oceania

Offshore detention may hurt Australia’s bid for UN Human Rights Council seat – The Guardian

Sexual assaults on campus: universities to release survey results  – The Guardian

Totalitarian-minded citizens challenge our freedom of speech – The Australian

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


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