International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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


Democracy ‘showing greater strain’ than at any time in decades, UN chief – UN News

Hurricane Florence vs. Typhoon Mangkhut: The difference between the 2 major storms – Global News

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says – UNICEF News

Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya, Colombia through next September – UN News

Extreme Hunger Could Kill 600,000 Children in War Zones This Year – Save the Children News


‘Wind of hope’ blowing through Horn of Africa says UN chief, as Ethiopia and Eritrea sign historic peace accord – UN News

Victoire Ingabire: Rwanda frees 2,000 people including opposition figure – BBC

Zimbabwe declares state of emergency in cholera outbreak – CNN

Middle classes drive up life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa – The Guardian

DR Congo: new cases of deadly Ebola virus, as UN steps up response – UN News


New hope for pensioners struggling to survive in Ukraine – UNHCR News

Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance – Amnesty International News

Alternative museum tours explore colonial loot, biased narratives – Al Jazeera

Romania: Rights groups submit legal challenge against ‘homophobic’ referendum – Amnesty International News

Latin America and the Caribbean

Puerto Rico: A year on from Hurricane Maria, new evidence shows how Puerto Ricans were denied essential water – Amnesty International News

Aid groups strain as Venezuelan refugee crisis spills over – Al Jazeera

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva drops electoral bid – CNN

Loss of Indigenous Works in Brazil Museum Fire Felt ‘Like a New Genocide’ – The New York Times

Berta Cáceres murder trial set to begin in climate of suspicion – The Guardian


Syrian refugees face harsh winter as funding falls short – UNHCR News

Syria: Unlawful attacks using cluster munitions and unguided barrel bombs intensify as Idlib offensive looms – Amnesty International News

Iran says Twitter shut legitimate accounts, but not anti-government ones – Reuters

Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade – UN trade and development report – UN News

Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan – Reuters

North America

US Reaches Agreement in Family Separation Cases – Human Rights Watch

Gun violence in the US is a human rights crisis: Amnesty – Al Jazeera

US Intelligence-Sharing Shouldn’t Sidestep Privacy Protections – Human Rights Watch

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual abuse – Al Jazeera

Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens exhibit on Indian Act – CBC


Australia to start powerful public inquiry into aged-care sector – Reuters

Gender gap narrows but push towards science has lowered wages – The Guardian

Maori Language, Once Shunned, Is Having a Renaissance in New Zealand – The New York Times

Indigenous campaign’s Deadly Questions revealed as Victoria pushes for treaty – The Guardian

Where Australia stands on abortion – CNN

South and South-East Asia

Cambodia: Release of Kem Sokha must be made permanent – Amnesty International News

Protests grow over jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar – Al Jazeera

‘More support’ vital to put Afghanistan back on a ‘positive trajectory’ – top UN officials – UN News

Nearly 40% of female suicides occur in India – The Guardian

Protesters Shut Afghan Election Offices as Political Crisis Brews – The New York Times

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


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