International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By  Tola Akindipe,  Giulia Carlini, Elizabeth Mangenje,  Tommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma

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.

  • Africa

Uganda: Arrests of Dozens Attending Peaceful Meetings is Absurd – Amnesty International

Children Increasingly Targeted for Murder, Rape in Central African Republic – UN News

Boko Haram suspects tortured in Cameroon, Amnesty says   – BBC Africa

Zim man set free over anti-Mugabe slur– Zimbabwe Situation

Somali spike but global piracy still declining– Maritime Journal

  • South America

Venezuela: Video Footage Exposes Brutal Repression – Human Rights Watch

 After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace – NY Times

Chile moves to ease strict abortion laws – Al Jazeera News

  • North America

‘That’s Just Hate’: Arizona Senate Candidate Fends Off Anti-Muslim Facebook Comments – Phoenix New Times

Supreme Court allows Trump travel ban enforcement, but says it must allow broader exemptions for relatives – The Washington Post

  • Central Asia

Liu Xiaobo: Censured by China, Supporters Take to Social Media – BBC News

The Real Story of North Korean Labor Camps in Russia – The Moscow Times

What is the Great Firewall of China? – The Indian Express

Tajikistan: Stop Persecuting Opposition Families – Human Rights Watch

  • South East Asia

Prominent Human Rights Defender Detained ahead of Death Penalty Conference – Worldwide Movement for Human Rights

India’s Turn to Intolerance – NYT

Philippines: Human rights must not be ignored during martial law – Amnesty

Indonesia’s Police Chief Touts Killing Drug Dealers as Crime Solution – Human Rights Watch

Thailand Should Leave ‘No Stone Unturned’ After 62 Found Guilty Of Trafficking– NDTV

  • Europe

Chechnya Leader Ramzan Kadyrov says he condones honour killings of gay people – Independent

Greece: Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected – Human Rights Watch

Turkey: Re-arrest of Four Human Rights Defenders a Cruel and Retrograde Step – Amnesty International

Berlin condemns Turkey arrests of Peter Steudtner and further human rights activists – Deutche Welle

Bosnian Serb President in ‘Hate Speech’ Probe – Balkan Insight

Polish senate approves bill to give government influence over courts – The Guardian

Russia: Assault on Freedom of Expression – Human Rights Watch

On first looking into the Brexit Bill– UK Human Rights Blog

Charlie Gard case: Latest report ‘makes sad reading’– BBC

  • MENA

ISIS’s suspects dying amid horrific conditions in Mosul prisons – Human Rights Watch

Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen Committed 23 ‘Grave Violations’ against Children Last Year – Save the Children

Saudi Dress Code Debacle – Human Rights Watch

Libya: UN rights arm sounds alarm for safety of prisoners at imminent risk of torture – UN News Centre

End of Mission Statement of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices – OHCHR

Iraq: Execution Site Near Mosul’s Old City – Human Rights Watch

Egypt sentences 28 to death over top prosecutor killing – Al Jazeera News

  • Oceania

‘The idea is coming of age’: Indigenous Australians take carbon farming to Canada – The Guardian


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


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