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

Traffickers and smugglers exploit record rise in unaccompanied child refugees – The Guardian

On day against homophobia, UN officials urge respect for sexual and gender diversity – UN News Centre

Microsoft donates £5m to UN to prevent human rights abuses – Independent

The 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival – Human Rights Watch

 Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally  – Amnesty International

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 UK faces difficult questions over its Human Rights record during its third Universal Periodic Review

By Andrew Fagan and Munira Ali

Human rights have become deeply political in the UK, and have been persistently condemned by many opinion-formers (for examples, see here and here). Where once many considered human rights to be entirely secure, in the UK human rights are increasingly misrepresented as embodying the out-of-touch prejudices of that increasingly reviled class: the liberal elite. Human rightsphobia has become a powerful, if irresponsible, political weapon and we can expect more of the same during the UK’s general election campaign in which some politicians will seek political advantage by drawing upon fears and hostility which no healthy democracy should encourage.

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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

In ‘post truth’ era, leaders must defend objective, independent media, UN says on Press Freedom Day – UN News Centre

New mobile app puts human rights at your fingertips – OHCHR

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