International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç 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.


International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Everyone has the right to work without fear of violence, so why should sex workers be any different? – Independent

Protection, well-being of uprooted children must be central to new global migration compact – UNICEF – UN News Centre

Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns – UN News Centre

The State of Marriage Equality Worldwide – Human Rights Watch

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – UN-backed report – UN News Centre

Assembly activates Court’s jurisdiction over crime of aggression– International Criminal Court


Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF – UN News Centre

ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants – UN News Centre

Rwanda needs to take torture seriously – AlJazeera

Nigerian law graduate denied call to bar over hijab – AlJazeera

Nigerians want police’s SARS force scrapped – AlJazeera

Kenya: Sexual Violence Marred Elections – Human Rights Watch


‘Syrian refugees improve Armenia’s social fabric’– AlJazeera

Exclusive: Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard – Reuters

First vulnerable child refugee arrives in UK from Greece under Dubs scheme– The Guardian

British troops breached Geneva conventions in Iraq, high court rules– The Guardian

In Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism -The Guardian

Democracy in Romania facing its ‘gravest danger since 1990’ – Euronews

Home Office policy of deporting homeless EU citizens is illegal, High Court rules– The Independent

Latin America and the Caribbean

Torture still being carried out at Guantanamo Bay despite US denials, says UN investigator – The Independent

El Salvador: Failure to release woman jailed after miscarriage, outrageous step backward for justice -Amnesty International

UN rights office urges El Salvador to reform ‘draconian’ abortion laws -UN News Centre

Venezuela’s opposition wins EU’s prestigious human rights prize -The Guardian

Thousands of children need assistance three months after Caribbean hurricanes – UNICEF -UN News Centre


East Libyan commander Haftar says will listen to ‘will of free Libyan people’– Reuters

Iraq: Parliament Rejects Marriage for 8-Year-Old Girls– Human Rights Watch

Iran tells France’s Macron not to ‘blindly follow’ Trump– Reuters

Iraq: 38 hanged in abhorrent mass execution– Amnesty International

Hostilities flare on Yemen’s west coast, sparking new displacement – UN refugee agency – UN News Centre

North America

USA: Net neutrality vote: FCC abolishes protections in latest blow to internet freedom – Independent

‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion,’ says UN human rights expert – UN News Centre

Canada: ‘We see suicidal seniors’: B.C. housing crisis forcing elderly into the streets – CTV News

US health leaders alarmed by report ‘fetus’, ‘transgender’ among CDC banned words – The Guardian

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate seat in 25 years – VOX Media


Acting on Australia’s landmark abuse inquiry – BBC

Barnaby Joyce says New Zealand should ‘back off’ on offer to resettle refugees – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

China’s Uighur minority shackled by digital technology as thousands are detained for ‘vocational training’ The Independent

Pakistan: Government Shutters International Groups – Human Rights Watch

Indian minister says women hoping to marry should not wear jeans – The Independent

Laos: 5 Years Since Civil Society Leader’s ‘Disappearance’ – Human Rights Watch

Rohingya crisis: Muslim women reveal rape and torture inflicted by Burma military forces – The Independent

More Than 6,700 Rohingya Killed in One Month: Daily Brief -Human Rights Watch

Sri Lankan man ‘risks torture and rape’ if deported from Australia -The Guardian

Pakistan: Quetta church hit in suicide attack – Al Jazeera

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


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