International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç GüneşFrancesca 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. 


Twitter not protecting women from abuse, says Amnesty -The Guardian

UN Commission delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls -UN News

Western allies expel scores of Russian diplomats over Skripal attack– The Guardian

NATO expels seven Russian diplomats over UK spy poisoning– France 24


 Kenya columnists quit Nation Media Group over ‘meddling’ – BBC

Senegal courts ‘no longer protect people’, says judge – BBC

Uganda: Officials Extort Sex From Refugee Girls – All Africa

Zimbabwe: 391 Doctors Officially On Strike…wages Pathetic, Admits Parirenyatwa – All Africa

Boko Haram kept one Dapchi girl who refused to deny her Christianity – The Guardian

Cambridge Analytica’s ruthless bid to sway the vote in Nigeria – The Guardian


French police suspect anti-Semitism in murder of 85-year-old– Reuters

Mass protests in Poland against tightening of abortion law– The Guardian

Letter to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment Regarding a Polish Law Restricting Freedom of Assembly at COP24– Human Rights Watch

French university protests threaten to spread after violence– The Guardian

German court orders Puigdemont held pending extradition– AlJazeera

 Latin America and the Caribbean

 A Kick in the Stomach in Brazil -Human Rights Watch

Marielle Franco’s murderers must be brought to justice -The Guardian

She’s Famous, From Barbados, and an LGBT Ally -Human Rights Watch

With Caribbean still rebuilding after devastating storms, UNICEF helping to boost resilience ahead of next hurricane season -UN News

Discriminatory Laws against LGBT People in the Eastern Caribbean -Human Rights Watch

OECD: Probe Colombia’s inaction on indigenous hunger crisis -Human Rights Watch

Venezuela’s Journalists Can’t be Silenced -Human Rights Watch


Gazan Christians say have no permits yet to visit Jerusalem at Easter– Reuters

Turkey: Crackdown on Social Media Posts– Human Rights Watch

Israel: Deportation of African asylum-seekers is a cruel and misguided abandonment of responsibility– Amnesty International

Children’s education latest victim of Yemen conflict – UNICEF– UN News

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood banned from politics– AlJazeera

North America

Rights groups slam Trump’s ban on transgender military service -Al Jazeera

Expert who warned of ‘incarcerating’ people with disabilities speaks at Nova Scotia inquiry -Global News

On torture, war crimes and Trump’s pick for CIA director– Al Jazeera

March for Our Lives: Thousands of students rally for gun control -Al Jazeera


 James Packer: Resignation puts focus on ‘high-flier’ mental health – BBC

Aung San Suu Kyi asks Australia and Asean for help with Rohingya crisis – The Guardian

Sea boundaries treaty by Australia and Timor-Leste ‘example to follow’ – UN chief – UN News

South and South-East Asia

 Cambodia Descending into Authoritarianism, UN Rights Body Failing to Act -Human Rights Watch

UN condemns attack that kills dozens near shrine in Kabul -UN News

Sri Lanka: continued Human Rights Council scrutiny needed until justice commitments met in full -Human Rights Watch

Holding Killers to Account for Hate Crimes in India -Human Rights Watch

UN agency envoy Cate Blanchett warns of ‘race against time’ as Rohingya refugee camps brace for monsoon rains -UN News

Reuters reporters clock up 100 days in Myanmar jail -The Guardian

UN appeals for nearly $1 billion to address ‘critical needs’ of Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh host communities -UN News

Security Forces in India Engage in Extrajudicial Killings, Then are Protected -Human Rights Watch

Pakistan’s Lost Children -Al Jazeera

No Shelter in Afghanistan -Human Rights Watch

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


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