International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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.


Key UN forum in Asia-Pacific sets its sights on combatting inequality UN News

UN health agency aims to save millions of lives by ‘elimination’ of trans-fatty acids from global food chain – UN News

Jobs in the green economy will ‘more than offset’ losses in traditional industry by 2030 – UN labour agency – UN News


Burundi opposition leader rejects referendum ahead of result– Al Jazeera

Sudan’s Many Nouras–  Human Rights Watch

Mass grave of alleged victims of former president Jammeh found in the Gambia– The Guardian

‘Never forget children,’ UNICEF warns of escalating violence in Central African Republic– UN News


Handbook on “the Right to a Fair Trial” published– Council of Europe

Grenfell Tower report that fails to ban combustible cladding is a ‘betrayal and a whitewash’, says David Lammy– The Independent

Russia uncovered: writers on the World Cup host nation- The Observer

Islamic State claims responsibility for church attack in Chechnya– Reuters

Crown Prosecution Service fined over lost child abuse victim DVDs– BBC News

 Latin America and the Caribbean

Venezuela election: Maduro wins second term amid claims of vote rigging– BBC News

Nicaragua’s ‘Truth Commission’ a Farce– Human Rights Watch


Did Israel use excessive force at Gaza protests? – BBC News

Rights groups condemn Saudi women activists’ arrests– Reuters

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

UN envoy ‘encouraged’ by latest talks on avoiding ‘worst-case scenario’ in Syria’s Idlib

How Journalists May Put ISIS Suspects at Risk of Abuse– Human Rights Watch

Libya: Battle for City Endangers Civilians– Human Rights Watch

North America

Trump administration reverses Obama-era protections for transgender prisoners– CBSNEWS

Gina Haspel Likely to Be Confirmed as C.I.A. Chief After Repudiating Torture– New York Times


The gay, transgender and bisexual men on Manus are forced into silence– The Guardian

Turnbull says he’s committed to protecting religious freedoms– The Australian

Australia’s Lame Response to Anwar Ibrahim’s Detention Was a Mistake– Human Rights Watch

South and South-East Asia

Isis claims third attack in Indonesia over four days– The Times

Philippines Acts to Combat Violence Against Children– Human Rights Watch

Rise in Militant Attacks on Schools in Pakistan: Recent Violence Shows Grave Risks Pakistani Schoolgirls Face REPORT– Relief Web

U.S. Supreme Court takes up dispute over power plant in India– Reuters

Afghan Govt, US Conduct ‘Inadequate Probe’ On Civilian Deaths– TOLO News

Multiple bomb attacks hit Thailand’s deep south, injure three people– Channel News Asia

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