International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Udita Sharma, Giulia CarliniDiana Figueroa,  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

Plane crash that killed UN boss ‘may have been caused by aircraft attack’ -The Guardian

Cherif Bassiouni, ‘father of international criminal law,’ dies at 79 – The Washington Post

Almost 75% of all children are subjected to violence each year, research finds – The Guardian

  • Africa

Kenya: IEBC Fails to Convince Nasa, Jp to Back Ballot Papers Deal – allAfrica

Tanzania: No External Investigators in Lissu Shooting, Says Govt – allAfrica

Cameroon is on edge after security forces opened fire on Anglophone protesters – Quartz Africa

  • MENA

In Switzerland, Proceedings For War Crimes Against Rifaat Al-Assad – Trial International

Saudi Arabia’s king issues order allowing women to drive – The Guardian

Saudi Arabia ‘threatens countries’ that back UN probe into Yemen civilian deaths – The New Arab

Egyptian Concertgoers Wave a Flag, and Land in Jail – The New Times

UN agrees to send war crimes investigators to Yemen in compromise deal – Middle East Eye

  • South and South-East Asia

Banned West Papua independence petition handed to UN – The Guardian

Slaughtered Hindus a testament to brutality of Myanmar’s conflict – Reuters

Rohingya Muslims fear the UN failed them – BBC News

UN Human Rights Council puts Cambodia under scrutiny ahead of 2018 elections – The Online Citizen

Surviving sexual assault in Japan, then victimized again – The Japan Times

  • Europe

EU: Countries have fulfilled less than a third of their asylum relocation promises – Amnesty International

Rescue ship says Libyan coast guard shot at and boarded it, seeking migrants – Reuters

Macron’s counter-terror bill risks France’s human rights record, say UN experts – The Guardian

UN rights experts criticise Spanish efforts to block Catalan vote – The Guardian

New UN report details grave human rights violations in Crimea – UN News Centre

  • North America

Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad – The Guardian

U.S. denies request for Puerto Rico shipping waiver – Reuters

Canada has a toxic mercury blind spot – The Globe and Mail

NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump – The Guardian

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals – Human Rights Watch

After Sweatshop Collapse Caused by Mexico City Quake Kills Dozens of Women, Anger Grows – Telesur

IACHR Hails El Salvador for Creating the National Commission on the Search for Disappeared Persons – Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

Brazil: Reject Trying Children as Adults – Human Rights Watch

Ayotzinapa three years later: new light, few answers – Open Democracy

Argentine Protesters Demand Free, Legal and Safe Abortions – Telesur

  • Oceania

Justice delayed for disabled children in NZ education system – Maori Television

Australia softens Rohingya UN resolution to accusations of ‘whitewashing’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

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


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