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

Facebook U-turns on banning abortion page after claims it was stifling human rights – The Telegraph

  • Africa

Iran: Release of prominent human rights defender after a decade in prison – Amnesty International

Bahrain Denies Entry to Human Rights Watch Representative – Human Rights Watch

Africa: Why the African Union Must Press Ahead With a Business and Human Rights Policy – AllAfrica

South Africa Needs a Global Reminder About Education Obligations – Human Rights Watch

Press Release on Launch of General Comment No. 4 on the Right to Redress for Victims of Torture and other Ill-treatment, Compilation of Documents on Torture Prevention, and 7th Edition Africa Torture Watch Newsletter – African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Zambia’s peasants at risk of becoming squatters on their own land – OHCHR

Tunisia deploys army amid protests over jobs, corruption – The Washington Post

  • Americas

Nine ways you can support Venezuelan human rights protests – The Guardian

Fighting fascism: Americans in the Spanish civil war have a lesson for today – The Guardian

Mormon church cuts ties with Boy Scout programs in U.S., Canada – Reuters

Colombia’s Largest Right-Wing Paramilitary Group Labels Human Rights Defenders ‘Military Targets’ – Telesur

US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement – The Guardian

IACHR Welcomes Election of New Commissioner – OAS

Colombia law gives former FARC rebels role in politics – Aljazeera

  • Asia

‘Emaciated, unrecognisable’: China releases human rights lawyer from custody – The Guardian

Uzbekistan: UN Official Calls for Rights Reforms – Human Rights Watch

U.S. lawmakers not backing down on human rights for Tibet, Pelosi says – Reuters

Kyrgyzstan: President Targets Critics – Human Rights Watch

Philippines says will review U.N. concerns over killings – Reuters

Pakistan executes 4 militants convicted by military courts – The Washington Post

India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir, say UN rights experts – OHCHR

Israeli government shutters state news show with just an hour’s notice – The Washington Post

  • Europe

The Tories have violated disabled people’s human rights. We must vote wisely – The Guardian

Theresa May’s Brexit trade deals are going to give away your rights to investors – Independent

EU Getting Serious About Violence Against Women – Human Rights Watch

Europe must turn back migrants on smugglers’ boats: Belgian minister – Reuters

Poland faces criticism at UN human rights forum – The Washington Post

UN judges refuse Mladic request for provisional release – The Washington Post

Austrian court jails asylum seeker for war crimes in Syria – The Guardian

Azerbaijan blocks access to independent media websites – The Washington Post

LGBT activists detained in Moscow while petitioning against Chechen purge – The Guardian

  • Oceania

Gillian Triggs tells of alarm over ‘demonising’ of Muslims in Australia – The Guardian

Australian state apologizes to men convicted for gay sex – The Washington Post

Children held in Barwon prison were deprived of their human rights, court finds – The Guardian

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

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