International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Tola AkindipeTommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma,  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

Women’s rights threatened by fundamentalism and the far right, study finds – ABC News

  • Africa 

Central African Republic’s message to UN: ‘The only thing we want is peace’ – UN News

Africa eyes senior Trump envoy visit for US policy hints – Reuters

Tanzania arrests and detains activists on trumped up charges of ‘promoting homosexuality’! – Reprisals for Challenging the Government – PanAfrica ILGA

Peacekeeper, workers killed in attack on UN missions in Mali – CNN

Militants who killed 23 at Mogadishu hotel used intelligence service ID cards– The Guardian

  • MENA 

Evidence of Abuse, human rights violation targeting Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu: Amnesty International – Kurdistan24

Egypt: 6 policemen jailed for torturing inmate to death – Middle East Monitor

Russia vetoes U.N. resolution to continue Syria chemical weapons investigation – The Washington Post

UAE accused of abuse in secret Yemen prisons – Al Jazeera

Syrian government to blame for April sarin attack: U.N. report – Reuters

  • South and South-East Asia

Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says – The Guardian

China human rights work: it’s emotionally draining, but country is the story of our lifetime, says Amnesty researcher – South China Morning Post

Don’t let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea – UN expert – UN News Centre

‘Spokesperson Roque’ hopes to advise Duterte on human rights issues – Rappler

Supreme Court upholds woman’s right to abort – The Times of India

  • Europe

Human rights groups urge Greece PM to end detainment of asylum seekers – Jurist

Poland: Dismantling Rights Protection – Human Rights Watch

Italy’s parliamentarians spearhead efforts to ratify ban treaty – ICAN

Turkish court remands Turkey’s Amnesty chairman in custody, Amnesty says –  Reuters

Belarus human rights record “devastating” as president tightens grip on power – UN expert – OHCHR

Turkish Court Frees Human Rights Workers in Surprising Move – The New York Times

‘Sinister’: UK academics balk at request for lists of Brexit professors– Financial Times

UK Prisoners Will Finally Be Given The Vote, Say Reports– Rightsinfo

  • North America

Court: Undocumented teen must be allowed an abortion – BBC

US: New Evidence Suggests Monitoring of Americans – Human Rights Watch

US: Doctors Need Intersex Care Standards – Human Rights Watch

US Sanctions N. Korean Officials for Human Rights Abuses – VOA News

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

EU awards human rights prize to Venezuelan opposition – Reuters

Citing Uruguay’s commitment to human rights, UN rights chief urges more efforts to tackle violations – UN News Centre

Peru must place human rights at heart of development, urges UN rights chief – UN News Centre

US: Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services – Human Rights Watch

  • Oceania

Australia/PNG: Refugees Face Unchecked Violence – Human Rights Watch


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