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

  • Africa

UN human rights chief urges Ethiopia to allow opposition – Financial Times

In Ethiopia, UN rights chief urges authorities for greater freedoms; space for critical voices – UNNews Center

Algeria/Morocco: Syrians Stranded at Border – Human Rights Watch

Uganda: Opiyo – the 2017 German Africa Prize Recipient – AllAfrica

South Sudanese government releases U.N. aid worker detained for a month – Reuters

Somalia: Rights Priorities for New Government – Human Rights Watch

Central African Republic violence kills 45 over 3 months – ABCNews

Nigerian officials jailed for selling food aid in famine-hit district – Reuters


  • Americas

Killings by Brazilian police branded a human rights crisis as body count rises – The Guardian

Canada Levels the Playing Field for LGBTI Refugees – Human Rights Watch

Fury in Argentina over ruling that could see human rights abusers walk free – The Guardian

Donald Trump’s repeated praise for totalitarian leaders alarms human rights advocates – Independent

Health Care Act Would Harm Millions – Human Rights Watch

Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico – ABS-CBN News

US: Religious Freedom Order Opens Way for Bias – Human Rights Watch

Colombian FARC dissidents take U.N. official hostage – Reuters

Venezuelans again take to streets as death toll jumps to 37 – The Washington Post

Amazon attack: Gamela tribe shot, stabbed and mutilated – BBC

NSA spied on millions of US communications in 2016 – Aljazeera


  • Asia

Malaysia: Longtime Turkish Residents Detained – Human Rights Watch

José Ramos-Horta calls on Australia to abandon ‘unsubstantiated’ claim in Timor Sea – The Guardian

UN expert in Saudi denied access to imprisoned activists – The Washington Post

Bangladesh is now the single biggest country of origin for refugees on boats as new route to Europe emerges – Independent

Philippines: UN Members Should Denounce Killings, Abuses – Human Rights Watch

A UN-Sponsored NGO Forum in Saudi Arabia? – Human Rights Watch

Myanmar: Displaced Rohingya at risk of ‘re-victimization’ warns UN refugee agency – UN News Centre


  • Europe

Ukraine: Prison Sentence for Academic in Separatist Region – Human Rights Watch

The Observer view on the task facing Theresa May if she wins her landslide – The Guardian

Germany set to ban Turkish citizens from voting in death penalty referendum – Independent

Open Letter to Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on Libya – Human Rights Watch

May Day rallies for Muslim women’s labour rights – Aljazeera

Russian police round up LGBT activists demonstrating against persecution of gay men in Chechnya – Independent

Brexit could erode employment rights for middle and low income earners, TUC warns – Independent

Turkey sacks 107 judges and prosecutors linked to Gulen – The Washington Post

Europe: 24,600 refugee children ‘in limbo’ at risk of mental distress, UNICEF warns – UN News Centre

Dutch Businessman Convicted Of War Crimes Committed In Liberia And Guinea – IJRC

France: Macron Should Prioritize Rights as President– Human Rights Watch


  • Oceania

Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award – The Guardian

Budget expected to expand sponsorship program for refugees – at cost of $40,000 each – The Guardian

1000 Days into the War on ISIS, Civilians Deaths Mount. Trump Meeting with Australia’s Turnbull a Chance to Reduce Casualties- Human Rights Watch



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



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