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.


UN Human Rights Council: As US Retreats, Other Countries Need To Work Together in Defense of Human Rights – Human Rights Watch

Rise in number of children killed, maimed and recruited in conflict: UN report – UN News

The World Is Behind Target to Achieve the Global Goals by 2030 – Global Citizen

‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal and human rights, declares UN chief – UN News


Torture and Ethiopia’s Culture of Impunity – Human Rights Watch

UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel – UN News

Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators – UN News

Addressing Torture in Uganda – Human Rights Watch

‘Crimes against humanity,’ ‘war crimes’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo, warn UN experts – UN News


Turkey Has No Excuse to Ban Istanbul Pride March – Human Rights Watch

EU’s migrant centres could breach human rights, say campaigners – The Guardian

Serbia: More Support For Minorities and Children With Disabilities Needed to Truly Advance Human Rights – Human Rights Watch

UK wrong to deny transgender woman pension at 60, court rules – The Guardian

Detention of Windrush Generation “A Total Violation” Finds Rights Committee – Rights Info

Dutch senators vote for partial ban on burqa in public places – The Guardian

Latin America and the Caribbean

Migrant crisis overshadows Mike Pence’s Central America tour – Al Jazeera

Mexico election: why is the leftwing frontrunner so quiet on social issues? – The Guardian

Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017 – The New York Times

Entire Ocampo police force detained over candidate’s murder – Al Jazeera

Why Families Flee Central America to the United States – Human Rights Watch


UN chief ‘deeply alarmed’ over military offensive in south-west Syria – UN News

UAE Continues To Flout International Law – Human Rights Watch

‘Bleakest period yet’ in Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN human rights expert – UN News

Algeria: Inhumane Treatment of Migrants – Human Rights Watch

Iran: UN rights chief ‘deeply disturbed’ by continuing executions of juvenile offenders – UN News

UN’s ‘List of Shame’ Goes Easy on Saudi-Led Coalition – Human Rights Watch

North America 

US Turning Its Back on Human Rights – Human Rights Watch

Family Separation Is Officially Over, but History Suggests the U.S. Won’t Find a Good Solution for Migrant Children – Time

Hundreds of Women Arrested on Capitol Hill During Peaceful Immigration Protest – Global Citizen

Toronto cannot take any more asylum seekers, mayor warns – The Guardian

Nearly Half of Canada’s Very Young Children Live in Child Care ‘Deserts’ – Global Citizen


Australia urged to cut ties with Myanmar military over Rohingya atrocities – The Guardian

Dying man and wife at ‘breaking point’ due to restrictions in family carers policy – NZHerald

‘You hate us that much?’ Mother of refugee who killed himself on Nauru berates Australia – The Guardian

Dying refugee receiving care at Gold Coast hospital after Nauru move – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Do Indonesia’s Abusive ‘Virginity Tests’ Hurt UN Peacekeeping Operations? – Human Rights Watch

UN chief applauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees in need – UN News

Accountability Mechanism Needed to Break the Cycle of Impunity in Myanmar – Human Rights Watch

Cambodian PM now ‘fully fledged military dictator’, says report – The Guardian

Indonesian Reporter Dies in Police Custody – Human Rights Watch

Philippines: ‘Anti-Loitering’ Arrests Target Poor – Human Rights Watch

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


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