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.


World must unite against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution: UN chief – UN News

Global Citizen Launches New Campaign for Gender Equality Because #SheIsEqual – Global Citizen

International Summit: Travel and tourism sector acts to protect children across the industry – UNICEF News

Malala Calls on G7 Leaders to Commit to Girls’ Education – Global Citizen

Hunger surges amid deadly conflicts, poor weather conditions in many countries – UN agriculture agency – UN News

Fathers are one of the best, yet most underutilized child development resources – UNICEF – UNICEF News


UN condemns Central African Republic hospital raids – The BBC

ICC overturns war crimes conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba – Al Jazeera

INTERVIEW: Fighting must end in South Sudan or worsening humanitarian crisis cannot be tackled, says UN aid chief – UN News

Libya: UN Security Council sanctions of prominent human traffickers a welcome step in the right direction – Amnesty International

UN says scores of Ethiopians drown on boat en route to Yemen – Al Jazeera


Italy’s Matteo Salvini shuts ports to migrant rescue ship – The BBC

Lords criticise ‘unfair’ university fees and loans – The BBC

Austria crackdown government to shutdown mosques – Al Jazeera

UK Supreme Court backs N Ireland women’s right to abortion – Al Jazeera

Russia World Cup: Labour Abuses on Stadium Building Sites– Human Rights Watch

Latin America and the Caribbean

‘Slipping into darkness’: How Nicaragua’s crisis unfolded – The BBC

Chile: Authorities must protect Rodrigo Mundaca and other environmental defenders – Amnesty International

Colombia: Mend Transitional Justice Law – Amicus Brief to High Court Details Flaws (See full amicus curiae here: Colombia – Amicus curiae regarding the Special Jurisdiction for Peace) – Human Rights Watch

Argentina agrees to $50bn loan from IMF amid national protests – The Guardian

Guatemala: volcano search and rescue resumes with nearly 200 people missing – The Guardian


UN accuses Libyan linked to EU-funded coastguard of people trafficking– The Guardian

Morocco: Another Crackdown on Protests– Human Rights Watch

Tensions between Lebanon and UNHCR over Syrian refugees– Al Jazeera

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes– Reuters

Aid groups in Yemen warned attack could endanger all supplies– The Guardian

North America

Canada Is Committing $400 Million in New Funds to Girls’ Education – Global Citizen

Children ‘as young as one’ involved in US separation of migrant families – UN rights office – UN News

Make it Safe – Canada’s Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis – Human Rights Watch

Trump commutes sentence after appeal by Kim Kardashian – Reuters

Miss America scraps swimsuit competition in wake of MeToo – The Telegraph


Aboriginal treaties: Australian states at ‘beginning of journey’ – The BBC

A Former Sex Worker Has Been Made a Dame in Queen’s New Zealand Birthday Honours – Global Citizen

Dying refugee on Nauru barred from coming to Australia for palliative care – The Guardian

Australia drafts laws forcing Facebook and Google to reveal encrypted data – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Afghan Taliban announces Eid ceasefire for first time since 2001– Al Jazeera

Germany welcomes freed Vietnamese human rights lawyer– Reuters

Audio clip ‘captures Bangladeshi police killing drugs suspect’– The Guardian

Indian police arrest Dalit activists amid criticism– Al Jazeera

By Law, Trump Must Discuss Human Rights with Kim– Human Rights Watch

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