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.


New ECOSOC president to revive ‘deliberative function’ of forum – UN News

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: States must treat refugees and migrants as rights holders and act to prevent trafficking and exploitation – OHCHR

‘Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – UN labour agency – UN News

Expect More Heat Waves Due to Climate Change, Experts Warn – Global Citizen


Two Years On, No Clarity on Fate of Burundian Journalist – Human Rights Watch

Africa: Mali Elections Marred By Rocket Attacks, Violence – All Africa

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared over, now let’s tackle other health challenges: WHO chief – UN News

Activist Faces Trumped-Up Charges in Sudan – Human Rights Watch 

Shootings on Video in Cameroon ‘May Not Be Isolated Cases,’ U.N. Fears – The New York Times


Russia’s Responsibility in the Syrian Reconquest of Idlib – Human Rights Watch

Italy: Authorities defy European Court’s ruling and render dozens of Roma homeless – Amnesty International

Proposal for Spain to reckon with its past during Franco era, welcomed by UN rights experts – UN News

Nazi-inspired jewellery, trinkets wiped from auction site – Al Jazeera

Fake news a democratic crisis for UK, MPs warn – BBC News

Latin America and the Caribbean 

Colombia’s social leaders ‘very scared’ amid surge in murders – Al Jazeera

‘The truth is we had to leave’: Fleeing Venezuela for Colombia – Al Jazeera

Brazil Death Signals Need for Abortion Reform – Human Rights Watch

Peru protests: President faces political crisis – Al Jazeera

Despite challenges and ‘unfinished business’, Colombia celebrates progress towards lasting peace, Security Council hears – UN News

Thousands join peaceful protests in Nicaraguan capital – Al Jazeera


Israel intercepts aid boat bound for besieged Gaza Strip – Al Jazeera

Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi released from prison – The Guardian

Hudaydah ‘one airstrike away from unstoppable epidemic’: UN humanitarian chief in Yemen – UN News

Egypt: Cairo court sentences 75 protesters to death – Al Jazeera

Syria: Government must return remains of 161 people confirmed dead after being forcibly disappeared – Amnesty International

North America

USA: Finally! In 2018 it’s legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states – USA Today

USA: New York City Grants Prisoners Free Phone Calls – Human Rights Watch

USA: State Department Gathering on Religious Freedom Must Lead By Example – Amnesty International USA

USA: Politics of Dehumanization in the United States – Human Rights Watch

Canada: British Columbia actions in Site C injunction case a blatant betrayal of its promise to uphold Indigenous rights – Amnesty International Canada


How Australia’s first gay imam is ‘saving lives’ – BBC

‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave – The Guardian

Yoga, herbs and sunshine: New Zealand opens ‘humane’ jail for most violent inmates – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law Survives Court Challenge – Human Rights Watch

UN chief welcomes new law giving extra autonomy to Muslims in Southern Philippines –  UN News

Cambodia: July 29 Elections Not Genuine – Human Rights Watch

UN ‘committed to continue to support’ Pakistan’s Electoral Commission in wake of general election – UN News

Up to 450 detained following deadly caste violence in India – Al Jazeera

Silencing a Witness to Thailand’s Deadly 2010 Crackdown – Human Rights Watch

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

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