International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By  Tola Akindipe,  Giulia Carlini,  Diana Figueroa,  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.


Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?  -Al Jazeera



Mass Nigerian arrests for ‘homosexual acts’ in Lagos State     -BBC News

US investigating allegations of torture by Cameroon troops  -NEWS24

Rwandans set to choose prosperity over human rights in ‘formality’ presidential poll      -France 24

More than 250 killed in DR Congo’s Kasai, says UN    -Al Jazeera

South Africa: Sex, Shrugs and Policy Holes – Why Partially Decriminalising Sex Work Isn’t Enough      -All Africa


Trump backs proposal to curb legal immigration – BBC News

Intersex Infant Surgery Settlement Highlights Regulatory Gaps   -Human Rights Watch

Mexico spying scandal: human rights lawyers investigating murders targeted     – The Guardian

Mexico officials accused of abuse in migration centers: report –  Reuters

Supreme Court justice offers explanation for LGBTQ decision –  The Globe and Mail

Double standard decried as Minnesota mosque bombed– AlJazeera

Chile’s Congress Approves Abortion in Limited Cases –  The New York Times

Venezuela’s Supreme Court suspends Attorney General Luisa Ortega in first act of ‘power grab’ under new constituent assembly – The Telegraph


Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

Tillerson to raise US human rights concerns in Philippines     -ABC NEWS

UN: Myanmar’s Threat to Block Fact-Finding Mission – Human Rights Watch

Indonesia executed Nigerian despite case being unresolved, watchdog says –The Guardian

China accused over ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow – The Guardian

South Korea: Supreme Court affirms LGBT rights – Human Rights Watch

UN Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea     -CNN

Russia: Journalist Faces Expulsion to Uzbekistan – Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack – UN News



UK ‘strips 150 jihadis and other criminals of citizenship’ to prevent influx of militants from Syria –    Evening Standard

Italy impounds NGO rescue ship and sends navy patrol boat to Libya – The Guardian

Why Doesn’t England Want To Know About Its Human Rights? – Rightsinfo

How Europe is bending the arc toward justice – Human Rights Watch



Deadly combination of cholera, hunger and conflict pushes Yemen to ‘edge of a cliff’ – UN News

Iran vilifies human rights defenders as ‘enemies of the state’ – Amnesty International

Yazidi Massacre Survivors Learn Lessons from Srebrenica – Balkan Insight

Carla Del Ponte: War crimes expert quits UN Syria inquiry– BBC News



Marriage equality: UN criticizes Australia for refusing same-sex divorce – The Guardian


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















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