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

Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – Human Rights Watch

Many aid groups unable to manage war zone risks, says UN-backed report – UN News Centre

As crises multiply, UN revises annual aid appeal to assist over 100 million around the world – UN News Centre

Violence and persecution uprooted record 65.6 million people in 2016, UN agency reports – UN News Centre

  • Africa

Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees ‘unconstitutional’ – The Washington Post

Egypt must halt executions of six men sentenced after unfair trials – OHCHR

UN rights chief urges international probe of Congo killings – The Washington Post

Clashes erupt in Central African Republic after peace deal – The Washington Post

Editor of Moroccan news website harassed – Committee to Protect Journalists

Morocco: Protest Leader Alleges Police Beat Him – Human Rights Watch

Rwanda genocide case to resume at UN court – The Washington Post

South African Human Rights Commission On Protecting Healthcare Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers – AllAfrica

Central African Republic: People with Disabilities at High Risk – Human Rights Watch

  • Americas

US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution – The Guardian

Jailing of indigenous assault victim sparks debate in Canada – The Washington Post

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction – The Guardian

Google Maps adds indigenous lands in Canada after long omission – The Guardian

Ecuador foreign minister says UK wants a solution to Assange standoff – The Telegraph

Mexican journalists targeted by Pegasus spyware – Reporters Without Borders

Supreme court rules Bush officials cannot be sued over 9/11 detentions – The Guardian

Human rights group wants Dennis Rodman kicked out of the Hall of Fame over North Korea visits – Washington Post

CARICOM Deals a Blow to US Plans for Regime Change in Venezuela – Telesur

  • Asia

Ultimatum on Qatar is ‘violation of human rights’: NHRC – Aljazeera

Pakistan: prominent Human Rights Defender Asma Jahangir threatened – ICJ

ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says – The Washington Post

Philippine police use chaos of Duterte’s drug war to extort families in distress – The Washington Post

Abusive Treatment of Refugees a Blot on Thailand’s Rights Record – The Washington Post

Yemen government says to investigate allegations of abuse in secret prisons – Reuters

Rebel Attack on Philippine School Endangers Students – Human Rights Watch

Vietnam blogger Pham Minh Hoang deported to France – BBCNews

Exclusive – Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers’ list – Reuters

  • Europe

Farms hit by labour shortage as migrant workers shun ‘racist’ UK – The Guardian

The anti-racism commission publishes its annual report – Council of Europe

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof – The Washington Post

Russian ‘gay propaganda’ law ruled discriminatory by European court – The Guardian

Commissioner Muižnieks urges Italian Parliament to adopt a law on torture which is fully compliant with international human rights standards – Council of Europe

Toddler and human rights campaigners added to terror blacklist used by major banks – Independent

Europe is the shared story our papers tell. It’s what made me who I am – The Guardian

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2017 – EUNews

  • Oceania

Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction – The Guardian

Rosalind Croucher to replace Gillian Triggs as Human Rights Commission president – The Guardian

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


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