International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon Clayette, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, and Ayushi Kalyan

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. 


No man will reach full potential unless women reach theirs, UN says on Day of Eliminating Violence– UN News Centre

Third Committee adopts resolution on human rights defenders by consensus – International Service for Human Rights

HIV/AIDS: Fewer deaths, but infections still rising – AlJeezera


Nigeria mosque attack: suicide bomber kills dozens– The Guardian

Mugabe resigns under military pressure after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s leader – The Washington Post

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for his family – The Guardian

Four peacekeepers killed in two deadly attacks against UN mission in Mali – UN News Center

Egypt attack: Airstrikes launched after mosque attack leaves at least 305 dead– ITV News


International Court of Justice: UK abandons bid for seat on UN bench – BBC News

ICTY/Bosnia: Life Sentence for Ratko Mladic – Human Rights Watch

Moscow Police Fail to Effectively Investigate Brutal Attack on LGBT Activists – Human Rights Watch

Iceland women politicians go public on harassment – BBC News

EU Criticizes Russia’s ‘Foreign Agents’ Media Law – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Explaining the coup in Luhansk – Open Democracy

UK Budget 2017 a missed opportunity to help the most disadvantaged in society– Equality and Human Rights Commission

Latin America and the Caribbean

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’ – The Guardian

Honduras election: Women’s rights put on the agenda – AlJeezera

Mexico: Human rights experts to launch official mission to assess safety of journalists – OHCHR News


Saudi Arabia Squeezes Detainees as It Tries to Seize Assets – New York Times

Mauritania strengthens blasphemy law after blogger case – AlJeezera

Migrants for sale: Slave trade in Libya – AlJeezera

Saudi Arabia still barring aid to Yemen despite pledge to lift siege – The Guardian

Israel pushes to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda – AlJeezera

Yemen’s looming famine is on 20th-century scale– Financial Times

North America

 Victims of Canada’s ‘Gay Purge’ to Get Apology from Trudeau – New York Times

Justice at Last for the Youngest Inmates? – New York Times

Trudeau Apologizes for Abuse and ‘Profound Cultural Loss’ at Indigenous Schools – New York Times

Canadian firm to face historic legal case over alleged labour abuses in Eritrea – The Guardian

Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protection for Haitians – New York Times

US to stop arming anti-IS Syrian Kurdish YPG militia – Turkey – BBC News


Australia backpacker exploitation ‘endemic’, study finds – BBC News

Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers – BBC News

Manus humanitarian crisis a ‘damning indictment’ of Australia’s refugee policy: UNHCR – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

 Rape and no periods in North Korea’s army – BBC News

China: Baseless two year prison sentence for prominent human rights lawyer – Amnesty International

China: France should postlight rights crisis – Human Rights Watch

 ‘The Illusory Safe Haven’: Examining Bangladesh’s Position on Managing the Rohingya Refugee Crisis – London School of Economics and Political Science Human Rights Blog

Pakistan calls in army to end anti-blasphemy protests – AlJeezera

Kyrgyzstan Inaugurates New President In Peaceful Transfer Of Power – Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

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