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.


‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration – UN News

The ICC Turns 20 – The Future of International Justice Amid Boundless Cruelty (Interview) – Human Rights Watch

Disney Will Produce 21 Short Films by Aspiring Female Filmmakers Around the World – Global Citizen

World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN – UN News

NATO Issues Strong Statement On Spending, Russia, Amid Discord And Trump Criticism – RFE/RL

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion – Reuters


South Sudan Protests UN Security Council Arms Ban – AllAfrica

In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested – Human Rights Watch

Ethiopia Torture Victims Deserve Justice – Human Rights Watch

Nigeria: Malaria Responsible for 50% Deaths in Borno – WHO – AllAfrica

East African Bishops Should Support Education for Pregnant Teens – Human Rights Watch


France: Acquittal of pensioner for showing compassion to children shows solidarity is not a crime – Amnesty International News

Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion – The Guardian

Tajikistan: Journalist’s Conviction a Mockery of Rights – Human Rights Watch

Trump’s ambassador lobbied Britain on behalf of jailed right-wing activist Tommy Robinson – Reuters

A Reality Check Before the Trump-Putin Summit – Human Rights Watch

Latin America and the Caribbean

Time for Bolivia to Join Safe Schools Declaration – Human Rights Watch

Cuba to recognise private property under new constitution – BBC News

Nicaragua: Senior Officials Responsible for Abuse – Human Rights Watch

UN Security Council calls for calm following violent protests in Haiti – UN News

Nicaragua: Guterres deplores loss of life, attacks against Catholic Church – UN News


Tear gas and water cannon fired at Iraqi protesters in Basra – Al Jazeera

Lebanon: Exonerated Actor Details Torture – Human Rights Watch

Algeria halts refugee expulsions to Sahara after outrage – Al Jazeera

Timeline: UAE’s role in southern Yemen’s secret prisons – Amnesty International News

Egypt: Intensifying Crackdown Under Counterterrorism Guise – Human Rights Watch

In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that ‘everybody will lose’ – UN News

North America

US: Government Has Planted Spy Phones With Suspects – Human Rights Watch

Could Trump pull US out of Nato and what would happen if he did? – The Guardian

Ontario cancels curriculum rewrite that would boost Indigenous content – CBC News

Justin Trudeau says Canada can lead Nato mission in Iraq – Independent

Trump administration to miss deadline to reunite all children under five with families – The Guardian

Canada Says It Has a Plan to Tackle Poverty — But It’s Unclear How It Will Work – Global Citizen


Papua New Guinea launches comprehensive outbreak response to CVDPV detection – Relief Web

South and South-East Asia

A Step Toward Ending ‘Virginity Exams’ in Afghanistan – Human Rights Watch

‘A better life’: India moves a step closer to legalising gay sex – The Guardian

Cambodia: Answer Demands for Justice in Kem Ley Murder – Human Rights Watch

Afghanistan: Civilian deaths hit record high, says UN – Al Jazeera

Pakistan: UN strongly condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead and wounded at election rally – UN News

Hindu group protests against Muslim teachers wearing abaya – Al Jazeera

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