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

New human rights to protect against ‘mind hacking’ and brain data theft proposed  – The Guardian

  • Africa

Nigeria: At least 30,000 people forced out from slum housing – Aljazeera

New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people – The Washington Post

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, visits Niger, addresses National Assembly: we must never forget the victims – ICC

Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre – The Washington Post

Tunisia allows individuals and NGOs direct access to African Court – IJRC

20 more deaths in volatile central Congo, UN mission says – The Washington Post

1 person dies in Kenya’s primary elections – The Washington Post

Ethiopian government invites UN human rights chief for talks –  AllAfrica


  • Americas

Anti-Temer strike paralyses major cities in Brazil – Aljazeera

40 years later, the mothers of Argentina’s ‘disappeared’ refuse to be silent – The Guardian

Honduras needs progressive reform of abortion law to advance women’s human rights, say UN experts – OHCHR

Venezuela to withdraw from OAS as deadly protests continue – BBC

UN rights expert visits Panama to investigate global tax avoidance and evasion schemes – OHCHR

Canada’s 2016 record high level of resettlement praised by UNHCR – UNHCR

Latin America loses billions of dollars to ‘double burden’ of undernutrition and obesity – UN News Centre

Human Rights Take Back Seat in Trump’s First 100 Days – Human Rights Watch

Venezuela opposition leader denounces ‘savage repression’ – BBC News

Longing for Dignity, Campesinos Stuck in Latin America Drug War – Telesur


  • Asia

China convicts rights lawyer Li Heping of ‘subversion of state power‘ – The Guardian

U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in ‘camp-like’ villages – Reuters

With two executions of minors looming, UN rights experts urge Iran to halt death penalty – UN News Centre

Palestinian ‘day of rage’ in support of prisoners – Aljazeera

UN disability rights expert announces first visit to North Korea – OHCHR

Sri Lankan protest demands information on civil war missing – The Washington Post

North Korea agrees to visit from UN human rights expert for first time – Independent

Philippines: Release and Protect “Secret Jail” Detainees – Human Rights Watch

China bans Islamic baby names in Muslim majority Xinjiang province – Independent

How was Saudi Arabia Voted onto a UN Women’s Panel? – Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: End Degrading Treatment of Activists – Human Rights Watch


  • Europe

EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament – The Guardian

Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees – The Washington Post

The European Commission adopts its European Pillar of Social Rights – Council of Europe

Opposition lawmaker applies to European court for referendum – The Washington Post

An investigative journalist and a blogger attacked in Russia – CPJ

Life sentences sought for 30 with ties to Turkish newspaper – The Washington Post

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister – The Washington Post

EU Finally Steps Up on Hungary’s Rights Crisis – Human Rights Watch

Council of Europe vote puts pressure on Turkey over human rights – The Guardian

Spain: LGBT Asylum Seekers Abused in North African Enclave – Human Rights Watch


  • Oceania

Federal police admit to accessing journalist’s metadata without a warrant – The Guardian

Trump-Turnbull’s dubious deal – Aljazeera


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

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