International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon Clayette, Nina Giraudel, 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. 


Partnership key to ensuring all children can access education – senior UN officials – UN News

World Cancer Day: UN agency chief urges greater access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment services – UN News


U.S. ups pressure on South Sudan’s Kiir, bans arms sales – Reuters

Congo ‘state agents’ murdered hundreds in 2017, says UN report  – The Guardian

The EU’s migration hypocrisy in Africa – Al Jazeera

Cape Town’s Water Crisis Response Needs to Protect the Rights of Millions – Human Rights Watch

Putting Kenya’s media shutdown in context – Al Jazeera

AU summit: Corruption and conflict were on the agenda – Al Jazeera


Anti-Jewish sentiment ‘becoming more common in Britain’ – Reuters

Turkey court ‘reverses release’ of Amnesty head Taner Kilic– BBC

Italy drive-by attack targets immigrants in Macerata – BBC

Russian Activists Forcibly Disappeared, Allegations of Torture in Custody – Human Rights Watch

Legal support for those in immigration detention with mental ill health needs to be improved – Equality and Human Rights Commission

Personal Independence payments: All 1.6 million claims to be reviewed– BBC

Latin America and the Carribean

For Brazil’s Women, Violence Begins at Home – Human Rights Watch

Peru: Revoke Fujimori Pardon – Human Rights Watch

Costa Rica votes for new president amid gay rights controversy – Reuters

Mexico finds nearly 200 migrants hidden in cramped lorry – BBC News

Deadly storms hit Bolivia and Argentina – Al Jazeera


Turkish border guards are shooting Syrian refugees fleeing war, says Human Rights Watch – The Independent

Bahrain: New Deportations of Nationals – Human Rights Watch

Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast – BBC News

Iran Arrests 29 Linked to Protests Against Compulsory Hijab – New York Times

State media: 7 soldiers killed near Afrin – CNN 

North America

Trump Administration Threatens ‘Sanctuary Cities’ – Human Rights Watch

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open – Al Jazeera

A place where they can take their shoes off and say ‘I’m home’ – The Washington Post

United States unveils sanctions designed to strangle Iranian-backed Hezbollah – The Washington Post


Manus Island: Australia abandons refugees to a life of uncertainty and peril – Amnesty International

Australia unveils plan to become one of world’s top 10 arms exporters – The Guardian

New Zealand announces major inquiry into child abuse in state care – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Thailand: 39 Democracy Activists Charged – Human Rights Watch

The deafening silence on China’s human rights abuses – Al Jazeera

Maldives army seals off parliament, arrests MPs – Al Jazeera

Philippine Police Resume War on Drugs, Killing Dozens – New York Times

Philippines: Endorse UN Inquiry into ‘Drug War’ Killings – Human Rights Watch

Displaced Rohingya children left in limbo by refugee crisis – The Guardian

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


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