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

  • Africa

South Sudan: UN report exposes human rights violations against civilians in Yei – UN News Centre

Concern as Sudan leader wanted for war crimes plans Saudi trip alongside Trump – The Guardian

Trust Fund for Victims decides to launch assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire – ICC

Bodies of 29 illegal miners pulled from South African shaft – The Washington Post

Rouhani Win Matters for Human Rights – Human Rights Watch

Burundi: Regional leaders must prioritize ongoing human rights crisis – Amnesty International

Human rights: H. Hichilema in Zambia, Dr Gudina in Ethiopia, South Sudan – European Parliament News

Iran refuses hospital transfer for jailed human rights defender on hunger strike for 40 days – Amnesty International

Libya: Mass Executions Alleged at Military Base – Human Rights Watch

  • Americas

U.S. sanctions 8 judges on Venezuela’s supreme court – The Washington Post

Human Rights Coalition Calls on ICC to Investigate Role of Chiquita Executives in Contributing to Crimes against Humanity – FIDH

Mexico: UN rights experts strongly condemn killing of human rights defender and call for effective measures to tackle impunity – OHCHR

Venezuela: UN human rights chief regrets opposition leader being blocked to travel – UNNews Center

US Congress: Reject Draconian Anti-Immigrant Bill – Human Rights Watch

Argentina Moves to Prosecute 88-Year-Old Human Rights Activist – Telesur

  • Asia

Police just arrested 27 men ‘for homosexuality’ in Bangladesh – The Washington Post

“No end in sight,” says UN human rights expert after five decades of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory – OHCHR

Lebanon launches Arab world’s first gay pride week – Reuters

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national – The Washington Post

Syria Denies Burning Bodies of Political Prisoners – The New York Times

Indonesia: Stop Public Flogging of Gay Men – Human Rights Watch

Sri Lanka: Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse – Human Rights Watch

China: Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy – Human Rights Watch

  • Europe

European Parliament Demands Investigation Into Ethiopia Killings – Human Rights Watch

The Latest: Turkish courts urged to apply Europe’s standards – The Washington Post

Hungary gets EU sanctions warning – Aljazeera

Ukraine: Revoke Ban on Dozens of Russian Web Companies – Human Rights Watch

Gay rights supporters demonstrate in Russia’s St. Petersburg – The Washington Post

With barely enough money for food, conflict-displaced Ukrainians struggling to survive – UN News Centre

Chechnya accused of ‘gay genocide’ in ICC complaint – BBC

EU Parliament demands action on Hungary human rights – Aljazeera

Day against Homophobia: MEPs debate LGBTI human rights violations in Chechnya – European Parliament News

  • Oceania

Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret – The Guardian

Australia Vies for UN Human Rights Council Seat – Human Rights Watch

UN and human rights groups condemn campaign to punish Manus Island men – The Guardian


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