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

‘Inclusive, equitable and quality education’ at the heart of high-level UN event – UN News Centre

UN experts call for resistance as battle over women’s rights intensifies – OHCHR

15 years of ICC: international criminal justice is working and needs strong support – Huffington Post

  • Africa

Angola: 2 Journalists Face Baseless Criminal Charges – Human Rights Watch

South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Health Meets With South African Human Rights Commission – AllAfrica

UN refugee agency ‘extremely worried’ about renewed violence in Central African Republic – UN News Centre

‘After getting pregnant, you are done’: no more school for Tanzania’s mums-to-be – The Guardian

UN agency ‘alarmed’ by forced refugee returns to Nigeria from Cameroon – UN News Centre

Cambodian court releases 5 human rights workers on bail – The Washington Post

Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram – The New York Times

  • Americas

Venezuela’s top prosecutor charges ex-national guard chief with human rights violations – The Guardian

Donald Trump’s ‘flirtation with torture’ undermines human rights warns UN official – Independent

Organised violence is ravaging Central America and displacing thousands – The Guardian

US Blockade is the Greatest Violation of Human Rights Against the Cuban People: Parlatino – Telesur

Venezuela may be sliding into a civil war – The Washington Post

Colombia’s FARC rebels conclude their disarmament – The Washington Post

  • Asia

British minister accused of ‘appeasing’ China during human rights talks – The Guardian

Hong Kong: President Xi’s attack on human rights a grave threat to city’s freedoms – Amnesty International

The Guardian view on human rights in China: Liu Xiaobo is dying, free him  – The Guardian

Vietnam: Free Blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ – Human Rights Watch

Myanmar says it will refuse entry to U.N. investigators probing Rohingya abuses– Reuters

Sarin was used in April attack on Syrian civilians, global watchdog confirms – The Washington Post

Nepal: Respect human rights during elections – Amnesty International

Qatar/Saudi Arabia: Allow Man Trapped at Border to Enter – Human Rights Watch

China Is Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders, State Dept. Says – The New York Times

  • Europe

Northern Irish appeal court refuses limited lifting of abortion ban– The Guardian

Charlie Gard: Parents of sick baby lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights – Independent

EU: Rights Should Be on Egypt Meeting Agenda – Human Rights Watch

Russia cancels payment to Council of Europe after claiming its delegates are being persecuted over Crimea – Independent

German parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage – The Guardian

Amnesty International won’t comply with Hungary NGO law – The Washington Post

  • Oceania

Australia’s Abusive Asylum Policy Rebuked Again – Human Rights Watch

State and territory legislation risks breach of international treaty – The Australian

Even the UN rejects Australia’s stance on transgender married couples – The Guardian


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


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