International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Ayushi Kalyan , Nina 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.


HIV/AIDS still impacting work and costing billions in lost earnings – new UN agency report – UN News

UN chief launches new disarmament agenda ‘to secure our world and our future’ – UN News

Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows – The Guardian

UN Passes Historic Resolution to Tackle Link Between Conflict and Hunger – Global Citizen


Cameroon Jails English-Speaking Activists On Terrorism Charges- All AfricaCentral

African Republic: Adopt Special Court Rules– Human Rights Watch

Sudanese teenager who killed rapist husband appeals death sentence– The Guardian

AU-UN mission in Darfur extra-vigilant in wake of attacks on civilian camps– UN News

Kenya’s Ogiek celebrate anniversary of landmark rights ruling– Al Jazeera


Greece: Attack on anti-fascists comes amid far-right surge– Al Jazeera

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Repeal Abortion Ban– Human Rights Watch

Turkey slams Germany for allowing pro-Kurdish rally in Cologne– Al Jazeera

France: New terrorism laws may undercut human rights and freedoms, says UN expert– UN News

Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil: People With Disabilities Confined in Terrible Conditions – Human Rights Watch

Armed gangs force ‘growing number’ to flee north and south, in Central America – UN News

Guatemala: ex-military officers convicted of crimes against humanity – The Guardian

Congolese refugees face poverty and racism in Brazil’s favelas – Al Jazeera

Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman PM – BBC

Colombians vote for new president in wake of Farc peace process – The Guardian

Ecuador’s indigenous Waorani launch petition to save the Amazon – Al Jazeera


UN criticises Algeria for expelling African migrants– Al Jazeera

Qatar Joins Core Human Rights Treaties– Human Rights Watch

Egypt: Prominent blogger Wael Abbas detained by authorities– Al Jazeera

Syria war: Russians killed in militant raid in Deir al-Zour– BBC

Jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘to face new trial’– The Guardian

North America

Tennessee Just Took a Big Step Toward Ending Child Marriage – Global Citizen

Indigenous Guatemalan woman shot dead by US Border Patrol – Al Jazeera

Canada rejecting more refugee claims amid border-crossing increase under Trump – The Guardian

US to Strip Funding from Women’s Health Providers Trump’s New Rule Will Hit Poor Women, Women of Color Hardest – Human Rights Watch

U.S., North Korean officials meet for talks on summit – Reuters


Aboriginal Youth Are Disproportionately Jailed, Report Finds – The New York Times

Dutton looks at taking up New Zealand offer to resettle 150 refugees – The Guardian

Manus Island’s refugee babies: Q&A with Father Clement Taulam – Al Jazeera

Otago University seizes and destroys copies of student magazine depicting menstruation – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Myanmar: Deadline to Report on Rape of Rohingya to UN– Human Rights Watch

Record-high opium production in Afghanistan creates multiple challenges for region and beyond, UN warns– UN News

Violence in Kashmir erupts despite calls for ceasefire– Al Jazeera

Inequality in India can be seen from outer space– BBC UK

Philippines: Thousands still displaced in Marawi– Al Jazeera

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the author(s) alone


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