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

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