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

Should human rights top the social work agenda? -The Guardian

World Cup 2018: Fifa admits workers have suffered human rights abuses – The Guardian

UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons – The Guardian

  • Africa

Fresh violence empties city in Central African Republic; senior UN official urges more aid – UN News Centre

UN rights expert urges the international community to support Somalia on all fronts – OHCHR

Formal trade in Africa can improve region, prospects for women – UN News Centre

Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion – Committee to Protect Journalists

Egypt blocks access to news websites including Al-Jazeera and Mada Masr – The Guardian

Human rights activists criticize US praise for lack of Saudi Arabia protests – The Guardian

Winning Battles but Losing the War for a United Iraq  – Human Rights Watch

Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken awarded human rights prize – Aljazeera

Saudi Arabia: Counterterrorism Apparatus Targets Rights Activists – Human Rights Watch

  • Americas

The Daily 202: Trump’s praise for Duterte’s drug war underscores his contempt for human rights – The Washington Post

Mexican authorities urged to boost security after indigenous activists killed – Reuters

IACHR Deeply Concerned about the Worsening Violence in Venezuela and the Use of Military Courts to Prosecute Civilians – OAS

Appeals Court Will Not Reinstate Trump’s Revised Travel Ban – The New York Times

Brazil’s Temer deploys army as protesters battle police – Reuters

Why is Latin America so obsessed with mega dams? – The Guardian

Cry for me, Venezuela – The Washington Times

Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazil’s farmers and loggers target national park – The Guardian

  • Asia

Iraq investigating elite unit accused of human rights violations in Mosul campaign – The Washington Post

Peace eludes Thailand’s mainly Muslim south – Aljazeera

Philippine military says 31 Islamic State group-linked militants have been killed in besieged southern city – The Washington Post

UN experts hacked while investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea – The Guardian

Russia: Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya – Human Rights Watch

Yemen: Ramadan an Opportunity for Detainees – Human Rights Watch

Crimean lawyer fighting ‘unwinnable’ cases wins human rights award – Reuters

China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN – Human Rights Watch

  • Europe

Manchester police chief reports increase in hate crimes since attack – The Washington Post

Macedonian court convicts 9 over parliament invasion – The Washington Post

EU raises human rights in talks with Turkey’s Erdogan – Reuters

Respecting human rights is good business – Euobserver

France: A Human Rights Agenda for President Macron – Human Rights Watch

ECHR highlights Romanian domestic-violence failures – Aljazeera

Charities call on UK and EU to pull support from Libyan coastguard that opened fire during refugee rescue – Independent

Remarks by President Juncker at the joint press briefing with European Council President Tusk ahead of the G7 Summit – EUNews

  • Oceania

Asylum seekers at Australian-run detention centre told to leave or miss U.S. resettlement – Reuters

Dozens of aboriginal Australians walk out of meeting on their future – Reuters

Australia: Protect Civilians in Iraq and Syria – Human Rights Watch

Gillian Triggs warns of increasing sexist attacks against women in public life – The Guardian

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

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