International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Nina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy,  Ayushi Kalyan , 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.


Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief – UN News

Attacks on schools and universities rising with 12,700 targeted in last five years, Save the Children warns – The Independent

How you can help Amnesty fight Twitter trolls – Amnesty International

Increased Breastfeeding Could Save 800,000 Children Around the World, UNICEF Says – Global Citizen

Press Freedom meets Internet issues – UNESCO News


Somaliland: Prosecutions Threaten Free Expression – Human Rights Watch

Deadly attack on South African mosque has ‘hallmarks of Islamic State’ – The Guardian

Children are dying now in DRC’s Kasai from malnutrition, warns UNICEF – UN News

Tanzania’s Clawback on Rights – Human Rights Watch

Teenager who killed husband after he raped her is sentenced to death in Sudan – The Guardian


Ireland abortion poll: Campaigns in full swing – BBC

Thousands attend far-right commemoration in southern Austria – Al Jazeera

Why HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani fears for his freedom – BB

UN expert warns of ‘stark increase’ in hate crimes across UK, post-Brexit – UN News

UK, French, German foreign ministers to meet over Iran on Tuesday – Reuters

Latin America and the Caribbean

Pope set to be blunt with Chile bishops to unravel abuse cover-up – Reuters

Nicaragua unrest: UN to probe killings of government opponents – Al Jazeera

Colombia: Authorities must investigate killings of community leaders and take urgent action to protect human rights defenders – Amnesty International

Brazil: New Evidence of Army Role in Rio Ambush – Human Rights Watch

AIDS Runs Rampant in Venezuela, Putting an Ancient Culture at Risk – New York Times


Lebanon elections ‘vital step’ in democracy-building: UN chief – UN News

Palestine: ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Law Repealed – Human Rights Watch

Iraq’s government sets up polling stations for IDPs – Al Jazeera

Israel orders Human Rights Watch representative to leave – The Guardian

Iraqis vote in first election since ISIL defeat; UN chief hails polls as progress on path to stronger democracy – UN News

Gaza rallies: How women shape Great March of Return movement – Al Jazeera

North America

Canada sued over years of alleged experimentation on indigenous people – The Guardian

USA: Routine separation of asylum-seeking families violates international law – Amnesty International

US denies some immigrants accused of crimes a day in court – The Washington Post

Transgender rights: Ontario issues first non-binary birth certificate – The Guardian

Pompeo – U.S. to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons programme – Euronews


Australia’s government refuses to comment on refugee protests – Al Jazeera

 Sexual Consent Debated After Acquittal in Australia Rape Case – New York Times

South and South-East Asia

For Rohingya refugees, imminent surge in births is traumatic legacy of sexual violence – special report – UN News

Another Transgender Woman Killed in Pakistan – Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Violence at voter registration sites ‘assault on democracy,’ UN envoy warns – UN News

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week – BBC

Indonesia Family, With Children in Tow, Carries Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches – New York Times

ASEAN Lawmakers Decry Indonesia’s ‘Rising Tide of Intolerance’ – Human Rights Watch

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