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

General Assembly approves creation of new UN Counter-Terrorism Office – UN News Centre

One in five children in rich countries lives in poverty, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report shows – UN News Centre

States must provide shelters as “survival tool” for women victims of violence – OHCHR


  • Africa

DRC: Human rights grievances fuelling a “desperate and dangerous” situation – Amnesty International

Response to Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations – Amnesty International

Lesotho: End culture of impunity to reverse recent spike in human rights violations – Amnesty International

UN cooperation with African Union must be institutionalized, less ‘ad hoc,’ Security Council told – UN News Centre

Equatorial Guinea: Oil Wealth Squandered and Stolen – Human Rights Watch

Independent UN probe reveals ‘cruel and brutal nature’ of human rights violations in Burundi – UN News Centre

Ntaganda case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms the Court’s jurisdiction over two war crimes counts – International Criminal Court

Security Council backs UN efforts to promote Somalia peace – The Washington Post


  • Americas

Human Rights Take a Back Seat at Central America Summit – Telesur

How to Avoid a Bloodbath in Venezuela – Human Rights Watch

Cuba must end human rights violations to improve relations, US warns – The Guardian

Venezuela: Senior Officials’ Responsibility for Abuses – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Icon Piedad Cordoba: ‘I Will Be President of Colombia in 2018’ – Telesur

Colombia peace process weathers the storm as Farc hands in weapons – The Guardian

Brazil’s refugee policy needs a radical overhaul in response to Venezuela’s crisis – The Guardian


  • Asia

India internet shutdowns ‘violate human rights’ – Independent

Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director – Amnesty International

Myanmar: Top UN official in Myanmar to be changed – BBCNews

Cambodia: Commune Elections Not Free or Fair – Human Rights Watch

The girls being sold into sex work in Myanmar – Aljazeera

Israeli Forces Kill Gaza Fisherman at Sea – Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Only Independent Newspaper Shut Down – Human Rights Watch

Army struggles as Marawi siege enters fourth week – Aljazeera


  • Europe

Finsbury Park attack: Counter terror police investigating after one man killed in van attack near London mosque- The Independent

Greece blocks EU statement on China human rights at U.N. – Reuters

FIFA must challenge Russia’s human rights record – Amnesty International

Ireland’s abortion law violates human rights, UN rules – Independent

Charlie Gard  given six day reprieve as European Court of Human Rights says doctors must keep sick baby alive – The Telegraph

Poland Ignores European Court Over Return of Asylum Seeker – Human Rights Watch

Spanish NGO boat rescues 420 migrants close to Libyan coast – The Washington Post

Russian courts sentence protesters arrested at anti-corruption rallies – The Guardian

EU signs Council of Europe convention to stop violence against women – Council of Europe

Conflict in Ukraine enters fourth year ‘with no end in sight’ – UN News Centre


  • Oceania

Calling bull on Gillian Triggs role – The Australian

Why Australia is paying a $53m asylum seeker settlement – Aljazeera

QUT students’ human rights case in ‘too-hard’ basket – The Australian

Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action – The Guardian

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


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