International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Nina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Manon Clayette,  Ayushi Kalyan 


US military to cancel $300m in Pakistan aid over terror groups – The BBC

Donors to increase UNRWA support and funding despite US cuts – Al Jazeera

Governments Pressure Russia to Act on Chechnya Abuses – Human Rights Watch

As conflicts become more complex, ‘mediation is no longer an option; it is a necessity’, UN chief tells Security Council – UN News

Iran Takes US to Court Over Alleged Treaty Breach – Human Rights Watch


Islamist militants kill up to 30 Nigerian soldiers in attack on base – The Guardian

UN food relief agency airlifts aid to DR Congo province hit by Ebola outbreak – UN News

Western countries urge calm after deadly Tripoli clashes – BBC

DRC rebel tells ICC he’s a revolutionary, not the ‘terminator’ – Al Jazeera

Theresa May signs security partnership with Nigeria’s president – The Guardian


UK outlines contingency plan in event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit – Al Jazeera

Russia pension protests: Fresh anti-reform rallies held – The BBC

In Scotland, Girls Go to School with One Less Worry. Period. – Human Rights Watch

Refugees overcrowded to ‘boiling point’ on Greek island, warns UN agency – UN News

Russia to hold biggest war games since Cold War – Al Jazeera

Latin America and the Caribbean

Guatemala: Reject ‘Life and Family Protection’ Law – Human Rights Watch

Brazilian court bars Lula from presidential election – The Guardian

UN Security Council: Condemn Abuses in Nicaragua – Human Rights Watch

Guatemala’s President Shuts Down Anti-Corruption Commission Backed by U.N. – The New York Times

Brazil may limit Venezuelans crossing northern border: Temer – Al Jazeera


Yemen: United Nations Experts point to possible war crimes by parties to the conflict – United Nations Human Rights Council

UN Security Council urged to act against ‘worst-case scenario’ Syria’s war-battered Idlib – UN News

Saudi-UAE coalition admits Yemen school bus attack ‘unjustified’ – Al Jazeera

Iran: Over 200 Dervishes Convicted – Trials Violate Rights to Legal Defense, Basic Liberties – Human Rights Watch

Security Council extends mandate of UN Interim Force in Lebanon for a year – UN News

North America

Report Links Nearly 3,000 Puerto Rico Deaths to Hurricane Maria – Bloomberg

Washington Post: US denying passports to Hispanic Americans in South Texas – CNN

National California abolishes cash bail, aiming to treat rich and poor defendants equally – The Washington Post

US confirms end to funding for UN Palestinian refugees – The Guardian

US rejects UN court jurisdiction over Iran sanctions case – Al Jazeera


Nauru child health crisis threatens to overshadow Pacific Islands Forum – The Guardian

Australian Catholic Church rejects compulsory abuse reporting – Al Jazeera

Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says – The Guardian

New Zealand Town May Ban Cats to Protect Other Species – The New York Times

South and South-East Asia

Myanmar army fakes photos and history in sinister rewrite of Rohingya crisis – The Guardian

US military to cancel $300m in Pakistan aid over terror groups – BBC

Thailand: Release Ethnic Minority Refugees, Asylum Seekers – Human Rights Watch

India’s Supreme Court criticises police for arresting activists – Al Jazeera

Nepal: Uphold International Standards in Transitional Justice – Human Rights Watch

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





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