International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon ClayetteAyushi KalyanNina Giraudel, and Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy

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.


Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report – UN News 

The EU Parliament makes it clear — no deal for Azerbaijan unless it improves its rights record – Human Rights Watch 

Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons marks first anniversary, but still lacks sufficient numbers to become law – UN News 

UN: Next week, world leaders have a chance to end child migration detention for good – Amnesty International   


Al Qaeda-Backed Terrorist Group Has a New Target: Plastic Bags – The New York Times 

Women’s leadership ‘critical’ to future of Niger – UN News 

Pregnant teens and expectant fathers barred from school in Burundi – The Guardian 

Angolan Journalists’ Acquittal a Victory for Free Speech – Human Rights Watch 

Three-out-of-four South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF – UN News 

Nigeria’s ethnic conflict leaves hundreds dead – Al Jazeera 


Pride organisers say sorry after anti-trans group leads march – The Guardian 

‘Fraternité’ Brings Immunity for Migrant Advocate in France – The New York Times 

An Irish bill on Israeli settlement goods could make history – Al Jazeera 

Seventy domestic violence checks under new ‘right to ask’ scheme – BBC News 

Polish chief justice resists controversial Supreme Court changes – Al Jazeera 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Behind the barricades of Nicaragua’s anti-government protests – Al Jazeera 

Addressing the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela – Human Rights Watch 

Brazil: measles outbreak that infected 500 may devastate indigenous people – The Guardian

UN relief chief concludes disaster-preparedness mission to Haiti and Panama – UN News 

Brazil appeals court judge overrules order to free Lula – Al Jazeera 


Libya urged to end migrant detention amid warnings over threat to Mediterranean search and rescue – UN News 

Interim OPCW report finds proof of chlorine used in Syria’s Douma – Al Jazeera 

Mediterranean: more than 200 migrants drown in three days – The Guardian 

Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border – UN News 

Legal row brewing in Egypt after court backs bearded police officers – The Guardian 

North America

US: More than 2,000 migrant children still separated from parents – Al Jazeera 

Changes on US Supreme Court Heighten Importance of Ballot Initiative – Human Rights Watch 

Doug Ford scraps carbon tax plan and sets up climate fight with Trudeau – The Guardian

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials – The New York Times

Mexico election: historic landslide victory for leftist Amlo – The Guardian 


Australia inquiry raps lender ANZ over dealings with indigenous clients – Reuters 

UN body condemns Australia for illegal detention of asylum seekers and refugees – The Guardian 

Why New Zealand Is Furious About Australia’s Deportation Policy – The New York Times

Stillbirths: Australia’s health policies ‘failing these babies and their families’ – The Guardian 

South and South-East Asia

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – UN News 

Taliban again reject Afghan offer of peace talks with Kabul – The Washington Post 

‘Our fingers bleed’: India’s female miners toil over sandstone for the UK – The Guardian   

Thirty-two pregnant Cambodians detained suspected of China surrogacy – Reuters 

Rohingya refugees reject UN-Myanmar repatriation agreement – The Guardian 

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


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