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

“Diversity in humanity” clarion call for expert on sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights – OHCHR

Businesses must eradicate human trafficking from their supply chains – OHCHR

Domestic violence a form of “arbitrary execution”, says UN rights expert  – OHCHR


  • Africa

Africa: Naming and Shaming Human Rights Violators – AllAfrica

Egypt: Cancel Military Court Death Sentences – Human Riights Watch

DRC: Zeid calls for international investigation into massive human rights violations in Kasais – OHCHR

14 killed, mostly civilians, as soldiers clash over food aid in drought-ravaged Somalia – The Washington Post

UN migration agency launches $60 million appeal for drought-hit East, Horn of Africa – UN News Centre

Enforced Disappearances: UN expert group launches first official visit to The Gambia – OHCHR

Ugandan soldiers accused of rape and assault to face court martial – The Guardian

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda visits Nigeria: “during war and conflict, the law must not remain silent” – International Criminal Court


  • Americas

New Mass Grave Found in Veracruz, Mexico – Telesur

Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council over ‘anti-Israel bias’ – Independent

Colombia: Armed Groups Oppress Riverside Communities – Human Rights Watch

Hundreds of Campesinos Resist Eviction in Guatemala-Mexico Border Encampment – Telesur

Chief prosecutor urges Venezuelans to reject Maduro’s constitution rewrite – The Guardian

Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN and Inter-American experts warn – OHCHR

Colombian rebels hand over 30 percent of weapons to UN – The Washington Post


  • Asia

Turkey: Jailing of Amnesty Head Unjust – Human Rights Watch

Iraqi government rejects Kurdish move for independence – Aljazeera

Russia: Children, Students Targeted after Protests – Human Rights Watch

Saudi Arabia jails human rights activist who defied women’s driving ban – Independent

Turkmenistan: 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Group Counts Cost of Gulf Crisis With Qatar – Telesur

Central Asia: UN Leader Should Feature Rights on Regional Visit – Human Rights Watch

In war-shaken Philippine city, civilians struggle to escape – The Washington Post

After 50 years of Israeli occupation, ‘now is the time’ to create Palestinian state – UN chief – UN News Centre


  • Europe

Theresa May and the politics of denouncing human rights law – Financial Times

What is at Stake for Human Rights in France’s Parliamentary Elections? – Human Rights Watch

UK would have to declare state of emergency to change human rights laws – The Guardian

Armenia: Death Threats Against Rights Defender –  Human Rights Watch

The Committee of Ministers reviews the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights’ judgments – Council of Europe

Top court: mass murderer Breivik’s rights weren’t violated – The Washington Post

A place to call our own’: Europe’s first Roma cultural centre opens in Berlin – The Guardian

Turkey arrests head of Amnesty over ‘Gulen links’ – Aljazeera


  • Oceania

Julian McMahon and Paris Aristotle honoured for defence of human rights – The Guardian

Gillian Triggs says Australia’s politicians leading ‘assault’ on democratic ideals – The Guardian

Australia’s carbon emissions rise in off-season for first time in a decade – The Guardian


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



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