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.


UNICEF urges all countries to provide ‘Super Dads’ with paid leave – UN News

The High Commissioner is proud of the UN Human Rights Office in 2017 – OHCHR

Discrimination Has No Role in the World Cup – Human Rights Watch

‘Much more’ can be done to raise awareness about the plight of persons with albinism: UN chief – UN News

The Most Inspiring Photos of 2018 Pride Marches Around the World – Global Citizen

At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016, first UN global study shows – UN News


Progress on Health is not Good Enough for Africa’s Children – AllAfrica

 South Africa: #youthday2018 – Not Yet Uhuru for the Youth of SA – AllAfrica

 Gay asylum seeker faces deportation from UK to Nigeria – The Guardian

 INTERVIEW: Development is the long-term solution to Sudan’s humanitarian crises, outlines top UN relief official – UN News

 Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School – Human Rights Watch News


Why Housing Networks and Pressure Groups Fear Another Grenfell- Rightsinfo

 Italy closes ports for two more Mediterranean rescue ships– AlJazeera

EU: States push to relax rules on exporting surveillance technology to human rights abusers– Amnesty International

 What Lies Beneath Russia’s World Cup Glam and Glitter?– Human Rights Watch News

 France’s Macron seeks common ground with Italy on immigration– Reuters

 Latin America and the Caribbean

 The disappeared of Guatemala: a family’s search for their murdered son -The Guardian

 Held Incommunicado for Tweeting in Venezuela – Human Rights Watch

Nicaraguans go on strike to protest Ortega’s grip on power – Al Jazeera

 Argentina: Decriminalize Abortion – Human Rights Watch


Why is the Palestinian Authority attacking Palestinian protests?– AlJazeera

Iran: Arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is an outrage– Amnesty International

Yemen’s Hudaida offensive: UN warns of a catastrophe– AlJazeera

Women Cheer Iran’s Win at the World Cup in Russia—But Still Can’t at Home– Human Rights Watch News

 Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish candidate in first TV appearance for 20 months– Reuters

 North America

Nearly Half of American Women in Science Have Been Harassed, Study Says – Global Citizen

The Singapore Summit’s Failure on North Korean Human Rights – Human Rights Watch

Canada: Female OPP civilian employees claim they face ‘systemic discrimination,’ launch human rights complaint – Global News

Melania Trump ‘hates to see’ children separated from their families at borders – CNN


 Hundreds of Australian doctors call for dying refugee to be brought from Nauru – The Guardian

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

 Nazi flag on Australian army vehicle ‘unacceptable’, PM says – BBC

 South and South-East Asia

 Transitional Justice in Nepal – Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban; UN urges both sides to work towards lasting peace – UN News

 India Should Not Reject UN Report on Kashmir – Human Rights Watch

 UN rights chief calls for international inquiry into Kashmir violations – UN News

 Singapore: End Broad Restrictions on Speech – Human Rights Watch

 Rohingya refugee shelters ‘washed away’ in Bangladesh monsoon rains: UN agency – UN News

A Violation of Rights in Bangladesh – Human Rights Watch

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


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