International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By   Tola Akindipe and 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. 

  • International

Resignation of Vitit Muntarbhorn as Independent Expert on SOGI – for Health & Family Reasons –

UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality – The Guardian

  • Africa

Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (A/HRC/36/54) – Relief Web

Kenyan police fire tear gas after women attacked at election meeting – Reuters Africa

Congolese Troops Shoot Dozens of Burundian Refugees – All Africa

  • Central, South-East Asia and East Asia

Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Is ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ U.N. Rights Chief Says – The New York Times

Democracy activist Joshua Wong applies to appeal at Hong Kong’s top court over jail sentence – Hong Kong Free Press

A new government for Timor Leste – The Interpreter

  • Europe

Kosovo forms new government – Politico

Sweden Charges Syrian Asylum-Seeker With War Crimes – The New York Times

Europeans need not apply: evidence mounts of discrimination in UK – The Guardian

Government ratifies Hague Convention on protecting cultural property – UK Government

Public Inquiry Into ‘Unprecedented Tragedy’ Grenfell Begins – RightsInfo

EU sticks to Libya strategy on migrants, despite human rights concerns – Reuters

‘A sexist remark is not a compliment’: New poster initiative hits streets of Dublin – The

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

U.N. rights boss sees possible “crimes against humanity” in Venezuela – Reuters

Protests Erupt in Guatemala Over Laws to Dilute Antigraft Campaign – The New York Times

  • MENA

Child soldier recruits double in one year in Middle East and North Africa – The Guardian

More Saudi public figures arrested in total clampdown on free speech – The New Arab

Israeli Court Throws Out Draft Exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox – The New York Times
Yemen: Coalition Airstrikes Deadly for Children – Human Rights Watch

Tunisia scraps decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims – The New Arab

Syria peace talks restart in Kazakhstan – Middle East Monitor

Egypt charges lawyer investigating Italian student’s murder – The Guardian

Qatar calls on UN Human Rights Council to end ‘unjust’ siege – Middle East Monitor

Jordan: Media Rights Group Threatened Over Funding – Human Rights Watch

  • North America

Drastic Drop in US Admissions is Bad News for Muslim Refugees – Human Rights Watch

U.S. judge presses Trump administration on Dreamer deadlines – Reuters

St. Louis sees second night of protests over ex-cop’s acquittal – CNN

  • Oceania

Girls in Western Australia Gain Right to Wear Pants and Shorts to School – The New York Times

Australian Catholic Church Falls Short on Safeguards for Children, Study Finds – The New York Times

Commissioner urges Government action on UN Declaration – Australian Human Rights Commission

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



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