International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Udita Sharma, Diana Figueroa,  Tommaso Poli,    Elizabeth Mangenje,  Giulia CarliniTola 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

African and European leaders agree action plan on migration crisis – The Guardian

U.N. Security Council to meet Monday on North Korea nuclear test – Reuters

  • Africa

US urges Sudan to protect religious minorities  – Washington Post

Sudan: Dr Mudawi released after eight months of wrongful imprisonment – Amnesty International

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court– BBC

Owerri Killing: Lawyer Writes National Human Rights Commission – PM News

Hate Speech Law Is A Resurrection Of Decree 4 By Bayo Oluwasanmi – Sahara Reporters

  • Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

NHRC in bid to blacklist rights violators – The Kathmandu Post

Indian girl kills herself after alleged period shaming by teacher – The Guardian

Duterte’s ‘very good’ rating on human rights questioned – The Philippine Star

Myanmar army ‘beheading children and burning people alive’ according to eyewitnesses – The Telegraph

Cambodian government accused of ‘alarming’ crackdown as newspaper closes – The Telegraph

  • Europe 

Italian PM attends talks on migration after mass protest over Rome eviction – The Guardian

UN denounces British government for failing to protect disabled peoples’ rights – Independent

Ukraine: Foreign Journalists Barred or Expelled – Human Rights Watch

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Haiti Network Blames UN Mission for Rape, Killings, Cholera – Telesur

Guatemala court overrules order to expel UN official – BBC News

Honduras: Tourism company Carivida files defamation lawsuits against Garifuna leaders defending ancestral land – Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

  • MENA

Yemen: Cholera death rates soar in rebel-held areas – Al Jazeera

For first time, Saudi women step into haj emergency role – Reuters

Qatar: New Law Gives Domestic Workers Labor Rights – Human Rights Watch

  • North America

Trump to lift military gear ban for local police – CNN

Canada sets international example in LGBT rights – The Globe and Mail

  • Oceania

 Northern Territory intervention violates international law, Gillian Triggs says – The Guardian

Australia’s record on human rights during the last several years has been deplorable – Bendigo Advertiser

Mask off: National decides gang members have ‘fewer human rights’ – The Spinoff

  • News on Enforced Disappearances to Commemorate August 30, International Day of the Disappeared

 Syria’s ‘disappeared’ are murdered on an industrial scale. The UN must step in – The Guardian

Follow-Up Mechanism to Ayotzinapa Case Makes Second Visit to Mexico – Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

Tragedy at Evros: A perilous river crossing to Greece – The International Committee of the Red Cross

‘Day of the Disappeared’ Commemorated Across Balkans – Balkan Insight

Universal Jurisdiction: Will Spain’s ‘disappeared’ find justice in Argentina? – Al Jazeera

To Prevent Enforced Disappearances, Rethink the Justice and Security Equation – Huffington Post

Agony of Afghanistan’s Enforced Disappearances – Human Rights Watch


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