International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir Ozbek, Agathe Artus, Övünç Güneş, Francesca Fazio

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. 


World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’ – UN News Centre

Journalists living in fear as states crack down on press freedom – The Guardian

UN relief wing appeals for record $22.5 billion in aid for 2018 – UN News Centre

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’ – UN News Centre


Zimbabwe court acquits activist charged with subversion – The Washington Post

Zimbabwe: Disappointment as Mnangagwa names new cabinet Al Jazeera

Investigate Shell for complicity in murder, rape and torture – Amnesty International

UN agency to fly 15,000 migrants home from Libya in wake of reported abuses – UN News Centre

South Sudan: UN envoy condemns ‘horrific’ killings of civilians in Jonglei – UN News Centre

African Union-European Union summit – Joint statement on the migrant situation in Libya – European Council Press Releases


Thousands rally in Hanover against anti-Islam AfD party – Al Jazeera

French president to launch ‘cultural war’ on sexual abuse – The Guardian

Greece: Move asylum seekers to safety before winter hits – Amnesty International

Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency – UN News Centre

Prince Harry is allowed to bring his foreign spouse to the UK – unlike over a third of British people – The Independent

Unmarried Woman Wins Legal Fight Over Lack of Bereavement Damages– Rights info

 Latin America and the Caribbean

UN rights expert calls on Mexico to investigate killing of state-level Ombudsperson – UN News

Mexico/Central America: Authorities turning their backs on LGBTI refugees – Amnesty International

Venezuela: Systematic Abuses of Opponents – Human Rights Watch

Honduras army, police crack down on election unrest – Al Jazeera

Security Council hails ‘remarkable achievements’ one year after Colombian peace accord – UN News

Brazil: No Woman Should Need to Beg for An Abortion – Human Rights Watch


Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would fuel violence: Arab League – Reuters

Jordan’s water crisis is made worse by a feud with Israel – The Economist

Egyptian lawyer jailed for saying women in ripped jeans should be raped – BBC News

Libya: EU/AU migrant plans long on returns, short on resettlement – Amnesty International

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Health check for mother jailed in Iran – BBC News

North America

Trump retweets British far-right leader’s anti-Muslim videos – The Guardian

$100 million for gay purge victims as PM apologizes for LGBTQ discrimination – CBC News

Donald Trump uses ‘Pocahontas’ slur in address to Native American veterans – Independent

US seeking new missile defence sites on West Coast as North Korea nuclear attack fears grow, congressmen say – Independent


New Zealand broadcasters refuse to stop using Māori words – The Guardian

New Zealand’s first refugee MP in controversy over legal defence of war criminals – The Guardian

Adani coalmine: traditional owners file injunction – The Guardian

Linda Burney: Turnbull’s abrupt rejection of Indigenous voice spells end of bipartisanship – The Guardian

Why did the ‘settlement needle’ not make it into the NT royal commission report? – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya crisis in key Burma address – Independent

Vietnamese blogger jailed for posting about toxic spill on central coastline – Independent

Triple talaq: India considers jail for ‘instant divorce’ – BBC News

Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees must not be relocated to uninhabitable island – Amnesty International

Rohingya women sold as sex slaves in Bangladesh – Al Jazeera

Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters – The Guardian

Bangladesh mutiny case: 139 soldiers to face gallows – Al Jazeera


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