International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Nina Giraudel, Manon Clayette, 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. 

  • International

#MeToo is important, but the war on women is a far, far bigger deal – The Guardian

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine – The New York Times

Defending the environment has become a suicide mission in many parts of the world– Los Angeles Times

  • Africa

Ethiopia to Free Political Prisoners, Close Prison – Human Rights Watch

Migrant slavery in Libya: Nigerians tell of being used as slaves – BBC

Liberia’s big school experiment – BBC

Letter from Africa: Zimbabwe hopes to rise from the ashes in 2018 – BBC

Central African Republic: UN agency registers thousands of refugees arriving in Chad – UN News

UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo– UN News Centre

Gunmen Kill 13 in Restive Southern Region of Senegal– New York Times

Nigeria’s ‘girl empowerment’ initiative– BBC News

  • Europe

Refugees still sleeping rough in Paris despite Macron’s promises – France 24

Half as many migrants landed in Europe in 2017 as 2016 -IOM – Reuters

Brexit legislation to give Government sweeping powers to water down human rights and equalities laws, MPs warned – The Independent

John Worboys: alleged victims ready to bring fresh prosecutions, lawyer says– The Guardian

Ignoring women’s needs in custody breaches their rights, says watchdog– The Guardian

Turkey jails pro-Kurdish party lawmaker for more than 16 years– Reuters

Iceland makes it illegal to pay men more than women– Independent

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay – The New York Times

Haiti prisons: Overcrowding a major problem – Al-Jazeera

What will Pinera’s win mean for Chile’s abortion law? – Al-Jazeera

Honduras: Thousands take to streets to demand new elections – The Independent

Peru ex-leader Fujimori a free man after pardon– BBC News

  • MENA

Lebanon: Open Burning of Dumps Putting Health at Risk – Human Rights Watch

More than 90 Iranian university students ‘detained’ by regime – The Guardian

Israel’s new death penalty bill ‘targets Palestinians’ – Al-Jazeera

Iraq returning displaced civilians from camps to unsafe areas – Reuters

UN approves largest-ever emergency funding allocation to scale up response in war-torn Yemen – UN News

  • North America

U.S. job growth cools as labor market nears full employment; wages up – Reuters

Transgender recruits to be allowed to enlist in the US military for the first time – The Telegraph

Ontario premier slams coffee shop chain for clawing back minimum wage rise – The Guardian

  • Oceania

Australian Medical Association wants tax on sugary drinks and ban on junk food ads – The Guardian

Labor has ‘no plans’ to change law allowing religious schools to fire gay teachers – The Guardian

Bushfires destroy buildings in Australia as heatwave melts highway surface

  • South, East and South-East Asia

A Chinese #MeToo Movement? Not Yet – Human Rights Watch

Frustration simmers as Nepalis await new government – Al-Jazeera

Thailand’s stateless: Generations without citizenship – Al-Jazeera

Fahmi Reza ordered to enter defence in ‘clown face’ case– Malaysiakini

Orphaned Rohingya children forced to grow up too fast– UNHCR

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



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