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.


The UN Wants to Create a Treaty to End Workplace Harassment – Global Citizen

‘Positive’ community building helps combat hate online: UN counter-terrorism chair – UN News

More Than Half the World’s Children Face Poverty, Conflict, or Discrimination – Global Citizen

World Environment Day: Joint Statement by UN Environment and Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment – OHCHR

Gender Inequality Could Be Costing the World $160 Trillion – Global Citizen


 Zimbabwe: Condom Distribution to Prisons Sparks Religious, Moral Debate – AllAfrica

 Tanzania’s Latest Clampdown Takes Decades of Suppression to New Lows – AllAfrica

Nigeria: #nottooyoungtorun – Exclusion of Youth From Governance, Crime Against Humanity – Dogara – AllAfrica

Africa: Traffickers Plot to Sell Nigerians for Sex At Russia’s World Cup – AllAfrica

Africa: Gender Pay Gap Could Cost World $160 Trillion – World Bank – AllAfrica


Self-harming in Scotland’s prisons almost doubles in four years– The Scotsman

Dutch Court Signals Need for Gender Neutral Option– Human Rights Watch

Anti-immigrant party set to win Slovenia vote, exit polls show– Reuters

France: Pensioner facing jail term for showing compassion to children– Amnesty International

Denmark’s Face Veil Ban Latest in Harmful Trend– Human Rights Watch

Landmark rulings expose Romanian and Lithuanian complicity in CIA secret detention programme– Amnesty International

 Latin America and the Caribbean

 What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Means for Latin America -Human Rights Watch

 Nicaragua protests: What you should know -Al Jazeera

 Ecuador: Meeting with President Moreno –Human Rights Watch

 Protests in Argentina calling for decriminalisation of abortion –Al Jazeera

UN rights chief urges action in Mexico to end ‘outrageous’ wave of disappearances -UN News

 Venezuela releases 39 jailed activists -Al Jazeera

Women of the Venezuelan Chaos –Human Rights Watch


 You Say You Want a Lawyer? Tunisia’s New Law on Detention, on Paper and in Practice– Human Rights Watch

 Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years– AlJazeera

 Bahrain: Exonerate, Free Nabeel Rajab– Human Rights Watch

 Lebanese tourist referred to criminal trial for insulting Egypt on Facebook– Reuters

 46 migrants drown after boat sinks off Tunisian coast– AlJazeera

 Israel: Illegal demolition and forcible transfer of Palestinian Bedouin village amounts to war crime– Amnesty International

North America

Judge to temporarily block Iowa’s restrictive abortion law – Reuters

US Policy Forcibly Separating Children from Parents Is Inhumane – Human Rights Watch

Trump says Singapore summit with Kim is back on – CNN

US may open door to more temporary immigrant workers, Trump aide says – Reuters

Canada: Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission finds Halifax Transit mechanic discriminated in ‘poisoned work environment’ – Global News

Canada: Environmentalists and Indigenous Peoples React to Trudeau’s Pipeline Purchase – Global Citizen


Lucy Gichuhi: Coalition says it will take senator ‘at her word’ over citizenship – The Guardian

Germaine, your shock-jock musings just alienate today’s young feminists – The Guardian

Australian minister Greg Hunt accused of misogyny – BBC

South and South-East Asia

The ICC and the plight of the Rohingya -Al Jazeera

Afghan Government Ignoring Violence Against Women -Human Rights Watch

Half of Afghan children out of school, due to conflict, poverty, discrimination: UNICEF -UN News

Philippines: ISIL-linked Maute recruiting children in Marawi -Al Jazeera

 UN agencies and Myanmar lay groundwork for possible Rohingya return –UN News

 Fury in Kashmir after youth killed by police vehicle -Al Jazeera

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


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