International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Udita Sharma, Giulia CarliniTola AkindipeTommaso Poli

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 human rights office moves to tackle sexual harassment – Devex

UN Experts Place Human Rights at the Center of Paris Agreement Implementation – IISD – SDG

  • Africa

U.N. watchdog tells Congo to hold election, clean up human rights – Business Insider

International court opens probe into Burundi deadly violence – ABC News

UN releases Central African Republic crimes suspects – BBC News

  • MENA

Human rights curriculum to be included in police training – The Jordan Times

Yemen: An urgent call to keep borders open for health, medical supplies – ICRC

Israel to Pay Out Over $120,000 to African Asylum Seekers Jailed Illegally – Haaretz
World’s Biggest Famine Looms in Yemen: Daily Brief – Human Rights Watch

Reparations for the victims of conflict in Iraq: Lessons learned from comparative practice – ReliefWeb

UN Should Consider Sanctions Yemen for Aid Obstruction – Human Rights Watch

  • South and South-East Asia

India: Rape Victims Face Barriers to Justice – Human Rights Watch
Indonesian court recognizes native religions in landmark ruling – Reuters
China detains 10 North Koreans amid possible defector crackdown: sources – Reuters

Philippines’ Duterte offers to host ‘world summit’ on human rights – CNBC

The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya is Visible from Space – Quartz

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Wave of killings threatens civil society work in Colombia – Devex
In Guatemala, Molina Theissen case moves closer to trial after 36 years – Global Human Rights

How OECD Could Help Save Lives in Colombia – Human Rights Watch

  • North America

First openly transgender state lawmaker elected in Virginia – CNN

US Execution of Mexican National Sparks Human Rights Outcry – Telesur
Man refused job due to sexual orientation, race gets $56,000: Human Rights Tribunal – Edmonton Journal

Legal challenge launched against Quebec face-covering ban – BBC

  • Europe

Refugee centers in Germany suffer near daily attacks – Deutsche Welle

UK bulk spying challenge in European Court of Human Rights – Tech Crunch

EU: Seek Stronger Central Asia Rights Commitments – Human Rights Watch

Mafia gangster arrested in Italy for attack on journalist – Deutsche Welle

Humanitarian corridors “double up”: a new protocol signed in Rome – ONUItalia

Germany’s far-right AfD calls for repatriation of Syrian refugees – Reuters

60,000 join far-right march carrying racist banners and chanting for ‘white Europe’ – Metro

How the EU Can Manage the Migrant Flow – Human Rights Watch

Women at human rights chambers complain of sexual harassment – The Times

  • Oceania

UN Human Rights Commission slams Australia on gay marriage postal survey –

UN slams Australia’s human rights record – The Conversation

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


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