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.

  • International

How the ‘business case’ for gender equality sidelines human rights – Opendemocracy

  • Africa

Constitution Amendment Bill Passed by National Assembly – The Zimbabwean

ICC ruling on SA and Bashir: Pragmatism wins the day – News24

  • South America

UN rights office voices concern over Venezuela violence – ABC News

  • North America

Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people – CNN

  • Central Asia

Newspaper financial director jailed in Azerbaijan – Committee to Protect Journalists

‘Flee at Once’: China’s Besieged Human Rights Lawyers – New York Times

  • South-East Asia

Maldives crisis: President locks parliament doors – Bangkok Post

Pakistani Village Council Arrested After Ordering Teenage Girl’s Rape – New York Times

Rodrigo Duterte: Human rights concerns in the Philippines will not stop deadly war on drugs – Independent

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Is Toppled by Corruption Case – New York Times

Thailand: Trafficking Convictions Important Step Forward – Human Rights Watch News

UN Finalizes Team to Investigate Crimes against Rohingya Minority in Myanmar – Latin American Herald Tribune

Indonesia Rejects 75 UN Human Rights Concerns – Human Rights Watch

  • Europe

Sex is still important for older women, European Court of Human Rights rules – The Telegraph

EU urged to raise growing human rights concerns in planned talks with Turkey – Irish Examiner

HRW, Amnesty say US surveillance infringes on fundamental rights, urges EU to rethink cooperation – RT

EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says – BBC

HRW: French police routinely abuse Calais refugees – Al Jazeera

Serbia Prosecutor Files Motion to Restart Srebrenica Trial – Balkan Insight

Poland’s president to veto controversial laws amid protests – The Guardian

  • MENA

Fourteen men at imminent risk of beheading as Saudi Arabia continues bloody execution spree – Amnesty International News

Splitting up from marry-your-rapist laws in the Middle East – The Express Tribune

Algeria: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, list of issues – Amnesty International News

Libya: Activists Being Silenced – Human Rights Watch News

Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in ruthless display of force – Amnesty International News

Israeli settlers occupy Palestinian home in Hebron – Al Jazeera

Tunisia passes law to ‘end all violence’ against women – Middle East Eye

Journalists, NGO slam Saudi ‘threats’ to close Al-Jazeera – The New Arab

Rights chief tells Arab dictatorships ‘examine yourselves’ in Gulf blockade – Asia Pacific Report

  • Oceania

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi calls on Australia to end harmful practice of offshore processing – UNHCR News

Gillian Triggs: Australian government ‘ideologically opposed to human rights’ – The Guardian


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




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