International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Nina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, 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. 


UN: Facebook had a ‘role’ in Rohingya genocide – Al Jazeera

UN Body Freezing Out Human Rights Groups – Human Rights Watch

Refugee Education: the Time to Act is Now – Save the Children News

BBC appeals to UN over ‘persecution and harassment’ of Persian service journalists by Iran– Independent


Nigeria: Amnesty activists uncover serious negligence by oil giants Shell and Eni – Amnesty International News

Alarmed by plight of Central African refugees in Chad, UN urges funding to scale up humanitarian response – UN News

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President – The New York Times

UN backs ‘free, fair, credible’ July elections in Zimbabwe – Al Jazeera

How a scheme in Mali cut child deaths in one district by 95% – The Guardian

Mayotte unrest: French island residents round up ‘foreigners’ – The BBC


Russia: Opposition activists face escalating crackdown as presidential election nears – Amnesty International

The Salisbury Attack: Don’t Forget Human Rights– EJIL: Talk!

UK Government wins High Court appeal against ruling benefit cap unlawfully discriminates- The Independent

France will strike Syria chemical arms sites if used to kill – Macron – Reuters

Protests in Greece as EU-Turkey refugee deal nears two years – Al Jazeera

Hungary’s Government Turns on the UN – Human Rights Watch

Russia: President Putin easily wins new 6-year term – Al Jazeera

Facing far-right challenge, minister says Islam ‘doesn’t belong’ to Germany – Reuters

Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil Boosts Transgender Legal Recognition– Human Rights Watch

Mexico: UN report points to torture, cover-ups in probe into disappearance of 43 students – UN News

Pollution, illness, threats and murder: is this Amazon factory the link? – The Guardian

Brazil: Assassination of Rights Defender, Driver – Human Rights Watch

Women in Argentina live in hell’: calls for legal abortion grow– The Guardian


Iran: Crackdown on Dervish Minority – Human Rights Watch

Syria conflict: 2017 deadliest year for children, UN aid official reports – UN News

Yemen: Diphtheria outbreak ‘symptoms of collapsed health system’ – Al Jazeera

Tunisia: Open letter urges government to end impunity for security forces – Amnesty International News

UN ‘deeply alarmed’ about civilians in besieged Afrin – Al Jazeera

Egypt wants answers in death of teenage student in UK – CNN

North America

US Senators Urge EPA to Keep Protecting Kids from Pesticides – Human Rights Watch

Trump’s decision to deport 200,000 to his ‘shithole countries’ challenged in lawsuit – The Guardian

Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS – The New York Times

It’s time to diversify and decolonise our schools’ reading lists – Al Jazeera

US students stage nationwide walkout against gun violence – France 24

The sorriest urban scene: why a US homelessness crisis drags on – The Guardian


Australia: ASEAN Summit Should Promote Rights – Human Rights Watch

Lawyers in Australia seek to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi – Al Jazeera

Sailing Maori Journey, New Zealanders Rekindle Indigenous Pride – The New York Times

South and South-East Asia

In Sri Lanka, hate speech and impunity fuel anti-Muslim violence – Al Jazeera

Myanmar: Military land grab as security forces build bases on torched Rohingya villages – Amnesty International

A ‘long march’ by India’s farmers forces government to act – Al Jazeera

Maldives: Mass arrests mark heightened repression – Amnesty International

Coverup in Thai Army Killing of Teenage Activist – Human Rights Watch

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


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