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.


Press Freedom Day: ‘Standing up for our right to truth,’ UN celebrates press freedom – UN News

Human rights experts urge media protection and end to attacks on journalists – OHCHR News

International Day of the Midwife: Midwives ‘lead the way with quality care’, as world marks International Day – UN News

The Nobel Prize for Literature Won’t be Awarded for the First Time in Nearly 70 Years – Global Citizen


Nigeria: 45 Dead in Attack By Armed Bandits in Kaduna – All Africa

Uganda: Cholera Outbreak Confirmed in Kampala – All Africa

Nigeria: Lagos Government to Implement Ban On Codeine Use – All Africa

UN chief condemns violence in Central African Republic capital Bangui – UN News

UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Africa’s Sahel region – UN News

South Sudan: UN Mission chief urges warring parties to abide by truce agreement – UN News

Security Council renews UN mission in Western Sahara – UN News


Ukraine: 200,000 children forced to learn in bullet-riddled classrooms– UN News

Ireland’s Cervical Cancer Crisis Began in the US– Human Rights Watch

Spanish PM says Eta’s crimes will not go unpunished– The Guardian

Windrush protesters march against deportation policy– Al Jazeera

Russia’s Alexei Navalny arrested as 1,600 detained nationwide– The Guardian

 Latin America and the Caribbean

2017 was deadliest year on record for Colombian human rights defenders -The Guardian

Honduran journalists face increasing threats and intimidation -Al Jazeera


Saudi Arabia: Thousands Held Arbitrarily– Human Rights Watch

Children bear the brunt as violence escalates in Gaza – UNICEF– UN News

Why women are ‘barely scratching surface’ of Lebanese politics– Al Jazeera

Judges grant appeal against decision to allow UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia– The Guardian

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem– The Guardian

North America

Delaware, New Jersey Are About to Ban Child Marriage, a First in US – Global Citizen

Calling on California To Respect Intersex Children – Human Rights Watch

Cold-War Echoes in Central America – The New York Times

Canada: Longueuil man’s racial profiling case heads to Human Rights Tribunal – Global News


The unheralded story of Australia’s indigenous cricketers – BBC

‘Real bodies’ exhibition causes controversy in Australia – BBC

Government to revise NGO data sharing policy – NZ Herald

South and South-East Asia

 Pain Deepens for Afghanistan’s Media -Human Rights Watch

Remembering Photojournalist Shah Marai -The Atlantic

Afghanistan: UN expert condemns killing of journalists as ‘attack on right to know’

-UN News

‘No Prayers In The Open’. Why These Hindu Outfits Are Protesting Against Namaz In Public Places -InUth

Journalists Watch from Prison as Myanmar Backslides -Human Rights Watch

Women journalists in Afghanistan defiant in the face of violence -UN News

Relentless Assault on the Philippine Press -Human Rights Watch

Security Council urges conditions that allow safe return of Rohingya refugees -UN News

Thai Magazine Editor Released After 7 Years -Human Rights Watch

‘Sharp escalation’ in fighting across Myanmar’s Kachin state, warns rights expert -UN News

Pakistan’s Hazara Community Under Attack -Human Rights Watch

Cambodia’s Imaginary Enemies -Human Rights Watch

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