International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Udita Sharma, Elizabeth Mangenje, Tola Akindipe, and Giulia Carlini

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

New refugee framework “dead in the water” without more international support-IRIN

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals –The Guardian

  • Africa

‘Now we’re back it’s even worse’: the Bangui residents who preferred a refugee camp to their home city– The Guardian

Petty Crime Suspects Summarily Executed – Human Rights Watch

UN refugee agency sounds alarm as displacement sees no end in Kasai region -UN News Centre

Zimbabwe Expecting More Trafficked Women to Return From Kuwait -All Africa

Court dismisses bid for UN-supervised polls -Daily News

Zuma directs minister to act on black lawyers’ complaints -IOL

  • Americas

Donald Trump’s pick to lead FBI rejects use of torture in interrogations -T Now

 Leopoldo López Is Home. But Venezuela Is Not Free– The New York Times

Video of brutal police attack on lone man emerges in Venezuela– The Independent

Amnesty International USA: Travel Ban Ruling Short-Term Relief-Amnesty International

Mexico: Arbitrary detentions taint “new” justice system-Amnesty International

  • Asia

 Sold for $60: Yazidi children describe cruel life as IS slaves– Middle East Eye

Jailed For A Facebook Poem: The Fight Against Myanmar’s Draconian Defamation Laws-Fast Company

Yemen cholera epidemic: 300,000 cases confirmed but vaccine plans ‘on hold’– The Independent

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody-The Guardian

Bahrain Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in jail –Al Jazeera

Singapore: Malaysian executed for drugs conviction after unfair trial –Amnesty

Joint Statement: Myanmar Authorities Must Immediately Release and Drop Charges Against Three Detained Journalists -Forum Asia

Mumbai Police books All India Bakchod for ‘Modi meme’– The Hindu

India: Top Court Orders Manipur Killings InquiryHuman Rights Watch

Urgent Action Victory! Three Labour Activists Released On Bail (China: Ua 136.17)-Amnesty

  • Europe

North Koreans in Russia Work ‘Basically in the Situation of Slaves’– The New York Times

Erdoğan to continue crackdown as Turkey marks failed coupThe Guardian

G20 leaders must demand that President Erdoğan release the Istanbul 10– The Guardian

Italy’s New Law on Torture Fails to Meet International Standards-Human Rights Watch

Muslim teacher awarded €7k compensation for hijab job rejection -RT

Brexit vote sees highest spike in religious and racial hate crimes ever recorded-The Independent

  • Oceania

Julie Bishop expects Australia to win UN human rights council seat after France drops out-The Guardian


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


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