International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Tola Akindipe,  Udita Sharma,  Tommaso Poli,  Diana Figueroa,  Elizabeth Mangenje,  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. 

  • Africa

Kenya: Attempts to shut down human rights groups unlawful and irresponsible – Amnesty International, Aug 15

Marikana Massacre: Cry for justice‚ five years on – Sowetan Live

Death toll climbs to over 400 in Sierra Leone floods – Al Jazeera

South Sudan is the most difficult place for aid workers: UNMISS -Sudan Tribune

Nigeria: Illiteracy, Poverty Major Causes of Death During Meningitis Outbreak – Emir  -All Africa

  • Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

Progress on Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan Is Fragile: EU – Tolo News
NHRC issues notice to MHA on deportation of Rohingyas– The Times of India

Bangladeshi Journalist’s Case Casts Spotlight on Controversial Law – Voice of America News

Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community – Human Rights Watch

 Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section– BBC, Aug 17

Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On– New York Times

  • Europe

Barcelona attack: Government says terror cell dismantled– BBC

 Four UK Airports Provide ‘Poor Service’ for Disabled Passengers, Says Report – The Independent

Home Office used charity data map to deport rough sleepers– The Guardian

Fallon apologises to families of soldiers killed in Land Rovers in Iraq– The Guardian

Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle – The Guardian

All jobs should be advertised as flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission says The Telegraph, Aug 15

Reproductive rights on the move: refugee women in Greece struggle to access contraception – OpenDemocracy

  • MENA

Activists in Saudi human rights group jailed for over a century – The New Arab

Libya: ICC arrest warrant for Special Forces commander raises hopes for justice – Amnesty International

Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole – BBC News

  • North America

Businesses take action in wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Indigenous families facing eviction ask feds to intervene – CBC News

1 in 7 New York City Elementary Students Will Be Homeless, Report Says – The New York Times

Trump’s Cruel Deportations – Human Rights Watch

Settlement reached in ACLU lawsuit against CIA interrogation– Politico

  • Latin America and Caribbean

Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot – The Guardian

Trump’s Threat Against Maduro Unites Latin America, Against U.S. – The New York Times

Colombia’s Farc concludes weapons disarmament – BBC News

The ongoing war on Colombia’s social leaders – Colombia Reports

Mexico judge orders new probe in 2014 killings by soldiers – New Zealand Herald

  • Oceania

Crossbenchers take a tilt at human rights – SBS

Australian govt. proposes legislation that will make it a requirement for large businesses to report annually on their actions to address modern slavery – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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



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