International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Giulia CarliniUdita Sharma,  Tola 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. 

  • Africa

Chaos in Zimbabwe after Mugabe fails to announce expected resignation – The Guardian

Political Clashes in Kenya Leave Several Dead – The New York Times

Nigeria: Prison Congestion as Denial of Human Rights – What Govt is Doing – AllAfrica

Where are Burundi’s missing witnesses to crimes against humanity? – Irin News

Kenya Supreme Court Sides With Incumbent in Presidential Revote – The New York Times

  • Europe

EU’s policy of helping Libya intercept migrants is ‘inhuman’, says UN – The Guardian

European Parliament OKs talks for Dublin reform – Ansa Med

UK Home Office response to asylum accommodation report fails to address critical findings from the Parliament – ECRE News

Divided Srebrenica awaits Mladic verdict 22 years after massacre – Reuters

Turkey has failed to adopt to Europe’s legal sphere: Former ECHR judge Riza Turmen – Hurriyet Daily News

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

 Brazil’s Congress to Vote on Abortion Ban – Human Rights Watch

Colombia’s Senate approves peace tribunals for ex-rebels – Reuters

Colombia: Don’t Promote Officers Linked to Killings – Human Rights Watch

There are 342 political prisoners in Venezuela this week. Here’s how we know that – Miami Herald

UNHCR concern at increasing murders of local leaders in Colombia – Reliefweb

  • MENA

 Russia casts latest UN veto, blocking probe on Syria chemical weapons – CNN

Libya war: Human rights lawyers seek ICC probe into Khalifa Haftar – Middle East Eye

MSF says it can’t deliver live-saving aid to Yemen capital – Seattle Times

Yemen: UK must stop arming Saudi Arabia or risk being complicit in ‘collective punishment’ – Amnesty International

UN condemns Iran’s human rights violations for 30th time – Baha’i World News Service

Iran quake survivors complain of slow aid effort, battle freezing cold – Middle East Monitor

  • North America

 US Senate Disregards Bradbury Role in Torture – Human Rights Watch

Alberta legislature passes contentious Bill 24 strengthening gay-straight alliances – Global News

Trump Lauds ‘Great Relationship’ With Duterte in Manila – The New York Times

After Weinstein: A List of Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and the Fallout for Each – The New York Times

  • Oceania

 Australians Say ‘Yes’ to Same-Sex Marriage in Nonbinding Vote – The Wall Street Journal

George Brandis may incorporate human rights treaty into SSM bill to satisfy conservatives – ABC

  • South and South-East Asia

 Myanmar troops gang-raped Rohingya women and girls: Human Rights Watch – Hindustan Times

Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi Jinping – The Times of India

UN committee condemns North Korea for building missiles as people starve – Global News

Massive protests against Pakistan govt in PoK, traders launch non-cooperation stir – India Today

Cambodia’s Top Court Dissolves Main Opposition Party – The New York Times

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam – Global Voices


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