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

108 million people in food crisis countries face severe acute food insecurity – situation worsening – FAO

Unity within Security Council vital to prevent mass atrocities – UN chief Guterres – UN News Centre

  • Africa

Equatorial Guinea: Free Human Rights Defenders – Human Rights Watch

Burundi: UN Human Rights Commission Condemns Human Rights Violation in Burundi – AllAfrica

Fear of Investigation: What Does Ethiopia’s Government Have to Hide? – Human Rights Watch

UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must urgently monitor human rights – Amnesty International

Iranian film-maker released from Evin prison: human rights group – Reuters

Draconian amendments to Egyptian laws spell further disaster for human rights – Amnesty International

Mission to pursue African warlord Kony is declared over – The Washington Post

UN, African Union sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges – UN News Centre


  • Americas

Hillary Clinton tells LGBT advocates: ‘gay rights are human rights’ – Independent

Peru Campesinos Could Face More Violations from Mining Giant – Telesur

Venezuela seizes a General Motors plant amid anti-government protests – The Washington Post

Canada, US and OAS vs. Venezuela: Arbitrary to the Extreme – Telesur

U.S. jury rejects damages for Ecuadoran farmers in coca-eradication spraying – The Washington Post

Asylum applications in Mexico have soared 150% since Trump’s election -The Guardian

ICC signs enforcement agreement with Argentina – International Criminal Court


  • Asia

No One Should Defend the Use of a Human Shield by the Army – Human Rights Watch

Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts – Human Rights Watch

Secure Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights to Combat Climate Change – AIPP

Pakistan prime minister narrowly avoids ouster in court ruling over corruption claims – The Washington Post

The failed Australia–China extradition treaty – EastAsiaForum

Palestinians ask Red Cross to intervene in hunger strike – The Washington Post


  • Europe

Fresh claims of Azerbaijan vote-rigging at European human rights body – The Guardian

Journalists suffer violence, intimidation and self-censorship in Europe, says a Council of Europe study – Council of Europe

Young offenders locked up for nearly 24 hours in UK prisons in breach of human rights law, report reveals– Independent

Joint Letter to Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – Human Rights Watch

A Landmark Decision for Transgender Rights in Europe – The New York Times

Anti-torture committee urges European states to hold persons in remand detention only as a measure of last resort and in adequate conditions – Council of Europe

Growing anti-Muslim rhetoric permeates French presidential election campaign – The Washington Post

Turkey to extend state of emergency by three months – Aljazeera


  • Oceania

Australia: Suspend Military Sales to Saudi Arabia – Human Rights Watch

Australia’s hidden refugees embrace art to reveal their plight – Financial Times

Australian leader seeks tougher citizenship laws – Aljazeera


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