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.


World Autism Awareness Day: UN celebrates voice and visibility of women and girls with autism – UN News

People on Twitter Have Declared April 3rd #LoveAMuslimDay  – Global Citizen

UN chief honours enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King – UN News

Social Safety Nets Have Lifted 50 Million People Out Of Poverty – Global Citizen


Nigeria: Detained OSIWA Nigeria Director Released – Speaks On Encounter With SSS – All Africa

Congo-Kinshasa: Opposition Leader Held Italian Citizenship for 16 Years, Town Says– All Africa

South Africa ex-President Jacob Zuma charged with corruption – BBC

Winnie Mandela – the young mother who refused to be broken – BBC

Two aid workers charged with theft of refugee camp supplies in Uganda – The Guardian

Mali mass grave victims had been in military custody, claims Amnesty – The Guardian


Still dissatisfied, Slovak protesters keep up pressure over corruption– Reuters

Hungary’s war on democracy is a war on democracy everywhere– The Guardian

Refugees hoping to reach France find solidarity in the Alps– AlJazeera

Vatican police arrest ex-diplomat over ‘child pornography’– BBC

78% of UK Companies Pay Men More Than Women, Final Figures Reveal – Global Citizen

Latin America and the Caribbean

Nearly 800 Venezuelans arriving in Brazil each day, many seeking asylum, UN refugee agency says -UN News

Cheap Political Trick in Barbados– Human Rights Watch

UN eyes transition of Haiti role from peacekeeping to development – UN News


Turkey to deport nearly 600 Afghan migrants – interior ministry– Reuters

Lebanon: Migrant Worker’s Abuse Account Investigate Allegations, Retraction After Return to Workplace– Human Rights Watch

Chief ICC lawyer calls for end to violence along Gaza border– The Guardian

Chemical Weapon Attacks in Syria Show No Signs of Letting Up– The New York Times

Libya: Female activists struggle to bring change– AlJazeera

Saudi Arabia makes spying on spouse’s phone illegal – Independent

North America

Martin Luther King anniversary marked by events from Washington to Memphis – The Guardian

USA: President Trump’s plans to militarize border could cost lives – Amnesty International

Canada: Nova Scotia NDP wants immediate moratorium on police street checks – Global News

USA: Saheed Vassell killing puts policing and gentrification in the spotlight – The Guardian

USA: To end the opioid epidemic, save lives, don’t take them – Human Rights Watch

USA: A Record-Breaking Number of Women Are Running for Congress This Year – Global Citizen

In the US, you don’t have to kill to be a murderer – BBC News


Major parties close to deal on charities and foreign donations – The Guardian

Shocking live export conditions not uncommon, say animal rights groups – The Guardian

Australia’s immigration policy is meant to be blind to race, but is it? – The Guardian

South Sudan, Somalia and Iran excluded from one of Australia’s refugee programs – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Indonesia: Four Arrested for Same-Sex Conduct – Human Rights Watch

Pakistan: Thousands protest over extrajudicial arrests, killings – Al Jazeera

For First Time in Decades, Some Pakistani Women Vote – Human Rights Watch

Myanmar: Quash Conviction of Former Child Soldier – Human Rights Watch

Detained Afghan refugees cry for help in Indonesia’s Balikpapan– Al Jazeera

Access to Justice for Women and Girls with Disabilities in India – Human Rights Watch

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