International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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

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

Dealt A Weaker Hand: Are Left Handed People Discriminated Against? – Rightsinfo

Menstrual Hygiene a Human Rights Issue – Human Rights Watch

  • Africa

Timbuktu destruction: Reactions to landmark ICC reparations order – Coalition for the ICC

South Africa’s Rising Poverty Rates Are Indicators Of A Deteriorating Human Rights Situation – Huffington Post
South Africa coffin case: Two guilty of attempted murder – Sky News

DR Congo violence displaces 3.8 million: UN  – Al Jazeera

Grace Mugabe ‘strikes again’ as ‘Zanu-PF youths destroy villagers’ homes in Mazowe’ – News24

10 civilians, including kids, dead in US-backed Somalia raid – News24

UN Envoy Warns of Election Risks in South Sudan -All Africa

  • Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

Supreme Court declares Triple Talaq unconstitutional, strikes it down by 3:2 majority – The Times of India

Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right under Article 21, Supreme Court – Bar and Bench

SC Ruling Reopens Debate on gay sex law, says privacy must protect sexual orientation – Hindustan Times

Azerbaijan: Independent News Director Jailed – Human Rights Watch

Cambodia: UN human rights wing concerned by media, civil society curbs – UN News Centre

Haryana orders search into Dera ‘congregation centres’ – The Hindu

Maldives army occupies parliament to block no-confidence vote – The Guardian

  • Europe

Italy: Police Beat Refugees During Eviction – Human Rights Watch
Conservatives ‘Should Be Loudest Champions of Human Rights Act’ Claims New Report – Rightsinfo

Should Heterosexual Civil Partnerships be Allowed? UK’s Highest Court Set to Decide – Rightsinfo

Italy accused of bribing Libyan militias to stop migrants reaching Europe – The Middle East Eye
Tories urged to abandon effort to scrap Human Rights Act – Financial Times

Spain attacks: thousands march through Barcelona in show of defiance – The Guardian

  • Latin America and Caribbean

Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases – Reuters
Mexican Prosecutor Accused of Negligence in Ayotzinapa Case – TeleSur

In Paraguay, your health data and credit records can be used against you – Business Standard

Final Curtain for Venezuela’s Democracy as Parliament is Dissolved – Crisis Group

In a Mexico ‘Tired of Violence,’ Zapatista Rebels Venture Into Politics – The New York Times

Peru tribal leaders vow to halt oil output unless indigenous rights respected – The Guardian

El Salvador’s supreme court sides with massacre suspects – The Washington Post

  • MENA

Iraq ‘must do more’ for IS sex abuse victims – The New Arab

Morocco’s Stability Is Roiled by Monthslong Protests Over Fishmonger’s Death – The New York Times

EU condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian schools – Arab News

Qatar: New Law Gives Domestic Workers Labor Rights – HRW

Yemeni NGOs call on UN to investigate human rights abuses – Middle East Eye

UN says Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week – Press TV

  • North America

U.S. Slaps Egypt on Human Rights Record and Ties to North Korea – The New York Times

Charlottesville: United Nations warns US over ‘alarming’ racism – The Guardian

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration – The New York Times

Trudeau urges Varadkar to see abortion as a ‘fundamental right’– The Irish Times

  • Oceania

‘Fags’ and Fear-Mongering in Australia’s Gay Marriage Debate – Human Rights Watch

Citizenship Changes are Risky, says Australian Human Rights Commission – The Guardian

Another Convention under Indonesia’s Dangerous Blasphemy Law – Human Rights Watch

PNG Foreign Minister Pato Commits to Fight Human Trafficking Through APEC Process – Papua New Guinea Today

An act of ‘shocking cruelty’ as govt defends decision to slash support for some asylum seekers – SBS News


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