International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Diana Figueroa, Tommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma,   Tola AkindipeGiulia 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

UN resolution condemns death penalty for same-sex relations –

Anti-nuclear weapons group Ican wins Nobel Peace Prize – BBC

Granting “human rights” to rivers: “Wacky” laws protect special interests, not environment – The Rebel

Promoting human rights through science – Science Magazine

  • Africa

Victory for Gender Identity in Botswana – Human Rights Watch

Rape, sexual slavery are weapons in Central African Republic war, says report – The Indian Express

U.S. lifts sanctions on Sudan, ending two decades of embargo -The Washington Post

Buratai prioritises welfare of personnel, protection of human rights of Nigerians by soldiers – Vanguard

South Africa: Human Rights Commission Calls for End to Political Violence – AllAfrica

African Human Rights Bureau calls for UN intervention in Kenya – Standard Digital

Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region – Reliefweb

  • MENA

Syria: First Atrocities Trials Held in Europe – Human Rights Watch

Draft UN blacklist names Saudi coalition for killing children in Yemen – Middle East Eye

Egypt Expands Crackdown on Gay and Transgender People – The New York Times

Jordan: Syrian Refugees Being Summarily Deported – Human Rights Watch

‘Tortured’ in Saudi Arabia, Hoshiarpur woman rescued by Damdami Taksal – Hindustan Times

UN: More should have been done to fight cholera in Yemen – ABC News

UN criticizes mass execution of 42 ISIS members in Iraq – Rudaw

Security Council re-authorizes operations to disrupt migrant smuggling off coast of Libya – UN News Centre

Morocco urged to address torture allegations – The New Arab

US approves possible sale of THAAD missile to Saudi Arabia – The Hindu

  • South and South-East Asia

Burma: Military Massacres Dozens in Rohingya Village – Human Rights Watch

India is complicit in the Rohingya suffering – Al Jazeera

Indonesian Police Raid ‘Gay Party’ – Human Rights Watch

Revisiting the debate on abortion law – The Hindu

Devadasi: An exploitative ritual that refuses to die – The Hindu

Chronicles of a carnage foretold – The Hindu

Gauri Lankesh honoured with Anna Politkovskaya Award – The Hindu

US should hold China accountable on human rights – CNN

  • Europe

Brenda Hale sworn in as first female president of UK’s supreme court – The Guardian

UK Terminally Ill Man Loses Right To Die Court Battle– Rightsinfo

Spain: Collective Expulsion Condemned by Strasbourg Court – AIDA

Oxford College Takes Down Suu Kyi’s Portrait From Main Entrance – Liberty Front Press

France approves tough new anti-terror laws – BBC

Top European human rights official Pedro Agramunt quits amid scandal – BBC

Erdogan: Turkey backing FSA rebels in new Idlib push – Al Jazeera

The European Court of Human RIghts Fined Turkey with a Total of EUR 61.4 Million – Novinite

Migrant Camp in Lesvos ‘a Concentration Camp’ says Human Rights Watch – Greek Reporter

  • North America

The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People – The Intercept

Canada to Pay Millions in Indigenous Lawsuit Over Forced Adoptions – The New York Times

Even Canada needs breakthroughs to reach UN global goals – Brookings

ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration over roll back of birth control mandate – The Hill

‘Only one thing will work’ with N Korea, says President Trump – BBC

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

IACHR Welcomes Progress toward Marriage Equality in Chile – Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

Outrage greets Mexican feminism panel with 11 participants – all of them male – The Guardian

Mexico: 11th journalist killed, setting path for record-breaking year – Deutsche Welle

UN Human Rights Council Confronts Venezuela – Human Rights Watch

President Trump’s Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Confirms Second-Class Citizenship – ACLU

Brazil’s National Indigenous Movement: resolute in times of crisis – Open Democracy

  • Oceania

The blanket deadline for a group of asylum seekers is unfair and dangerous – The Guardian

Land of the free, but only for a few – Al Jazeera

Melbourne women complains to UN, saying parenting cuts are human rights abuse – The Guardian

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