International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Ayushi KalyanNina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Manon Clayette

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. 


Facebook privacy debate shows most countries not ready for digital economy – UN – UN News

China and Russia accused of waging ‘war on human rights’ at UN– The Guardian

UN Sec-Gen | New High Commissioner should be strong, capable, independent and deeply committed to human rights – International Service for Human Rights


Guinea: Ensure Security Forces Show Restraint – Human Rights Watch

Winnie Mandela, ‘mother’, then ‘mugger’, of new South Africa – Thompson Reuters

Kenya: Stop Arbitrary Detention of Lawyer at Airport – Human Rights Watch

Their 15-year mission a success, UN peacekeepers depart a stable and grateful Liberia – UN News

Ethiopia Seeks Calm With a New Leader – The New York Times


Northern Ireland Just Took a Major Step Toward Passing Same-Sex Marriage – Global Citizen

Time’s up on non-disclosure agreements, says national equality body – UK Equality and Human Rights Commission

Russia expels more British diplomats over spy poisoning row – The Guardian

Ireland sets May date for historic abortion referendum – The Guardian

French armed officers spark Italy migrant row – BBC News

Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil: Armed Forces Set Wide Leeway on Lethal Force – Human Rights Watch

Venezuela: Fatal police station fire must spur change in authorities’ treatment of prisoners – Amnesty International

Cheap Political Trick in Barbados – Human Rights Watch

Costa Rica centre-left easily wins presidency in vote fought on gay rights – Thompson Reuters

14, Pregnant from Rape, Dead in Childbirth – Human Rights Watch

Mexican police officers found guilty of murdering journalist in rare conviction – The Guardian

Ecuador: Judicial Harassment of Amazonian Defenders – Human Rights Watch


Lebanon: Candidates Should Commit to Rights Agenda – Human Rights Watch

Sisi wins landslide victory in Egypt election – The Guardian

Israel’s Netanyahu puts African migrant deal with UNHCR on hold – Thompson Reuters

Mauritania: Administrative Obstacles Keep Kids from School – Human Rights Watch

Saudi women strive to bring male guardians to a Twitter end – The Guardian

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

Saudi Bombing Is Said to Kill Yemeni Civilians Seeking Relief From the Heat – New York Times

North America

Proposed US Healthcare Changes Would Undermine Patient Rights – Human Rights Watch

Civil liberties groups pressure tech companies to take ‘security pledge’ – The Guardian

Justin Trudeau apologises for Canada Tsilhqot’in hangings – BBC News

US Immigrants’ Rights Groups Turn to Education to Protect Rights – Human Rights Watch

Daca Dreamers: Trump vents anger on immigrant programme – BBC News


Secular groups call for review of ‘blatantly discriminatory’ school chaplains program – The Guardian

Papua New Guinea: A month after deadly quake, UN on the ground delivering life-saving aid  – UN News

Inquiry launched into how Perth prisoner gave birth alone in jail cell – The Guardian

Australia: Scrap proposed laws that would suffocate NGOs and create a climate of secrecy – Amnesty International

Stateless in Australia: new centre to shine light on those incarcerated without hope – The Guardian

Nauru cuts asylum seekers’ right to appeal – BBC News

Coalition criticised for ‘pathetic’ response to Indigenous incarceration report – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Malala Yousafzai, world’s youngest Nobel laureate, returns home to Pakistan – The Washington Post

Indian brothel owners get first life sentence for trafficking children – Thompson Reuters Foundation

Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of China – Human Rights Watch

Rohingya refugee boat restocks after storm in southern Thailand – Thompson Reuters Foundation

Thailand: Verdict Threatens Labor Abuse Reporting – Human Rights Watch

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