International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon ClayetteNina GiraudelAyushi Kalyan 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.


Silence from international community as thousands sent to ‘re-education camps’ in China’s latest ‘religious extremism’ crackdown – The Independent

From the Americas to the Far East, Courts Are Advancing LGBT Rights – Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests – The BBC

Trump moving to strip Palestinians of refugee status: report – Al Jazeera

UN receives 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in three months – UN News 


South Sudan’s rival leaders sign power-sharing agreement – Al Jazeera

Ebola Poses High Risk in Congo, W.H.O. Says – The New York Times

Ethiopia: humanitarians scale up life-saving aid to over 1 million forcibly displaced by violence in the south-west – UN News

Zimbabwe: At Least 6 Dead in Post-Election Violence – Human Rights Watch

Former warlord returns to DR Congo from prison to run for president – The Guardian


Germany opens refugee ‘anchor centres’ amid criticism – Al Jazeera

Far-right protesters ‘ransack socialist bookshop in London’ – The Guardian

France Approves Flawed Asylum and Immigration Law – Human Rights Watch

EU to support Spain, Morocco on migration, but funds limited – Reuters

Latin America and the Caribbean

‘Economy is society’s servant, not its master,’ say UN rights experts, urging Brazil to put human rights before austerity – UN News

Brazil: Reproductive Rights Activist Threatened – Human Rights Watch

UN rebukes Mexico over case of reporter kidnapped and tortured in 2005 – Mexico News Daily

Crackdown feared after Venezuelan president survives alleged attack – The Guardian

23,000 flee unrest-hit Nicaragua to seek asylum in Costa Rica –  Al Jazeera


Yemen ‘worst humanitarian crisis in the world’: EU – Al Jazeera

UN calls on Saudi Arabia to release jailed human rights defenders, including women activists – UN News

Iran: Environmentalists Face Arbitrary Detention – Human Rights Watch

Israeli Druze rally against new nation-state law – Reuters

Israel seizes aid boat headed for Gaza Strip, arrests 12 on board – Al Jazeera

North America

Ontario’s new Conservative government to end basic income experiment – The Guardian

Trump renews threat to shut down government over border wall – The Guardian

Human rights experts denounce Trump’s attacks against media – UN News

Stint in Solitary Preceded Death in US Immigration Detention – Human Rights Watch

US judge: Progress to reunite migrant families ‘unacceptable’ – Al Jazeera


Australian Coroner’s Report Documents a Refugee Tragedy – Human Rights Watch

Australia’s Turnbull: ‘Now we are the land of droughts’ – BBC

Pulled into line: girl, seven, gets New Zealand to change sexist road signs – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

IFAD to fund project to help hurricane-damaged agricultural areas of Haiti recover – International Fund for Agricultural Development

Bangladesh: World Heritage Site threatened by ‘heedless industrialisation’ – UN expert – UN News

North Korea’s nuclear programme has not been halted, says UN – The Guardian

First Woman in Pakistan Nominated as High Court Chief Justice – Human Rights Watch

Twelve schools bombed, burned in northern Pakistan – Reuters

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


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