International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Tommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma, Diana Figueroa,  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. 

  • Africa

Rwanda police arrest critic of president for forgery, tax evasion – Reuters

Burundi: UN independent panel calls for ICC probe into possible crimes against humanity – UN News Centre

Togo blocks Internet as protesters march for second day – Reuters

Mali: Unchecked Abuses in Military Operations – Human Rights Watch

Address election-related sexual violence – Daily Nation

  • Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

Decolonising mental health: How India’s mentally ill are being drugged without consent – The News Minute

Random drug testing of students will make minors ‘open targets’ – Rappler

Aung San Suu Kyi’s reckless acceptance of human rights abuses – Financial Times

UN chief urges Myanmar to end violence as 120,000 Rohingya flee  – The Guardian

Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che faces trial in Hunan, wife says – The Standard

UN experts urge China to release lawyer Jiang Tianyong currently on trial for subversion – OHCHR

Cambodia Daily closure a major blow for freedom of information and expression in the country – The Conversation

  • Europe

European Court Limits Employers’ Right to Monitor Workers’ Email – The New York Times

Sweden to deport 106-year-old Afghan refugee who is thought to be the world’s oldest asylum seeker – The Independent

EU court dismisses complaints by Hungary and Slovakia over refugee quotas – The Guardian

Crackdown: Prison conditions worsen in post-coup Turkey – IRIN News

Italy Navy Support Libya May Endanger Migrants – Human Rights Watch

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia: Bilateral ceasefire with the ELN, a historic step forward – Amnesty International

Guatemalan Court Blocks President’s Attempt to Expel Anticorruption Panel Leader – International Justice Resource Centre

The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression condemns the closure of more than 50 media outlets in Venezuela – Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

Three Years After 43 Students Disappeared in Mexico, a New Visualization Reveals the Cracks in the Government’s Story – The Intercept

UN Worried About Slow Process of Santiago Maldonado Case in Argentina – Telesur

  • MENA

Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts – Amnesty International

‘We are an example to the Arab world’: Tunisia’s radical marriage proposals – The Guardian

Torture Epidemic May Be Crime Against Humanity – Human Rights Watch

UN Human Rights Official: Abuse of Migrants in Libya Continues – Libyan Express

Morocco King Brushes Evidence Police Abuse – Human Rights Watch

Abdullah Alkhamesi dead: Founder of one of Yemen’s leading humanitarian organisations, Red Crescent, dies aged 76 – The Independent

U.N. Panel Faults Syria’s Military for Chemical Attack – The New York Times

  • North America

Daca Dreamers: US scraps young undocumented immigrants scheme – BBC
Evangelical Leaders Release Anti-LGBTQ Statement On Human Sexuality – Yahoo

Canada’s Indigenous water crisis – VICE News

The Geneva Shuffle: Shifting U.S. Engagement at the UN Human Rights Council – Huffington Post

Canada deported hundreds to war-torn countries: government data – Reuters

  • Oceania

Australian Senate considers new rules after burka stunt – BBC

Australia: “Modern Slavery” proposal lacks concrete requirements, broad application & effective enforcement strategies – Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

New stats data about disabled workforce paint a grim picture, Commission says – New Zealand Human Rights Commission

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


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