International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Giulia CarliniTola AkindipeTommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma,

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

Guterres says UN needs to do more to combat sexual harassment -Devex

UN Human Rights Committee formally excludes unborn child from ‘right to life’ – LifeSiteNews

Protecting environmental defenders should be a central issue at climate talks – Open Global Rights

  • Africa

G5 Sahel launches military operation in African scrublands – Reuters

Nigerian Human Rights Groups Sue National Assembly Over NGO Regulation Bill – Sahara Reporters

US launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia – CNN

  • MENA

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, regarding her decision to request judicial authorisation to commence an investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – ICC

Iraq: Anbar Displaced Barred from Going Home – Human Rights Watch

Egypt summons Canadian ambassador over detainment of human rights lawyer – Global News

Germany Interrupts Egypt’s Bid to Crush Online Dissent – Human Rights Watch

  • Europe

 Europe’s top human rights job deserves better. We urge Greece to choose again – The Guardian

Turkey: Arrest of Civil Society Leader Arbitrary, Punitive – Human Rights Watch

French women will ‘work for free’ until end of the year, study says – France24

Voluntary living wage rate rise to boost 150,000 UK staff – BBC

Catalonia ex-officials freed by Belgian judge – BBC

  • North America

 Trump Declares Suspect ‘Should Get Death Penalty’ – The New York Times

US: New Drone Rules Increase Risks for Civilians – Human Rights Watch

Canada sanctions 52 human-rights violators under new Magnitsky law – The Globe and the Mail

Supreme Court approves B.C. ski resort development on Indigenous lands – The Star

Manitoba government rejects bid for human rights protection for the obese – CBC News

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

 Venezuelan president among 52 people sanctioned for human rights violations – Global News

Brazil Bill Would Try Children as Adults – Human Rights Watch

Preventive Detention and Arraigo: Mexico’s Attack on Human Rights – Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Miss Peru pageant contestants share violence against women statistics instead of body measurements – ABC News

  • South and South-East Asia

 Canadian prisoner in China has sentence reduced after ‘re-education’ – CTVnews

China’s patriotic crackdown: three years in jail for ‘disrespecting’ national anthem – The Guardian

Japan to launch crackdown on asylum seekers: Yomiuri – Reuters

Student’s ‘sexual predator’ list names professors – BBC

Railway ticket forms to have ‘T’ option for transgender people soon – Scroll

  • Oceania

 Australia refuses NZ offer on Manus Island refugees – BBC

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas – The Guardian


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

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