International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir Ozbek


6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week – UN News

Bi Visibility Day: Making the existence of bisexual persons visible is a key building block in the eradication of violence and discrimination against them – OHCHR

Gender Equality Index Highlights Big Data Gaps Ahead of 2030 Deadline – Global Citizen

Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’: UN deputy human rights chief – UN News

Human Rights Council holds general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms – OHCHR

Report Traces Goods Made with Child Labor to 76 Countries – Human Rights Watch

A Call for Inclusion on International Day of Sign Languages– Human Rights Watch

UN anti-torture body issues landmark decision on rehabilitation for torture victims– IRCT


Eritrea – Ethiopia hailed by Nobel laureate on 2018 World Peace day– Africa News

Tanzania: Death Toll in Lake Victoria Tragedy Reaches 196– All Africa

Due process concerns over Boko Haram trials in Nigeria– New York Times

Burundi: UN Human Rights Body – Renew Mandate of Burundi Investigation– All Africa

Illegal Organ Harvesting Is Rampant in Egypt, and Refugees Are the Main Target– Haaretz

Amnesty International urges Cameroon ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses committed by government forces and armed groups– Relief Web


Construction Workers At Turkey’s New Airport Jailed For Protesting Work Conditions – Human Rights Watch

A Closed Trial in Chechnya– Human Rights Watch

Turkey jails 24 Istanbul airport workers pending trial after protests– Reuters

Victims of Modern Slavery Wrongly Imprisoned– RightsInfo

Belfast court to hear landmark challenge over abortion rights– The Guardian

Latin America and the Caribbean

President Maduro jails grocers for causing food crisis– The Sunday Times

‘Stop this disaster’: Brazilian women mobilise against ‘misogynist’ far-right Bolsonaro– The Guardian

‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings– The Guardian

Guatemalan human rights activist shot to death, 21st in 2018– The Washington Post


Yemen’s Hodeida Offensive: Once Avoidable, Now Imminent- International Crisis Group

Iran’s Rouhani fumes at US after Ahvaz parade attack– BBC News

I won’t get to see women driving in Saudi Arabia– BBC News

North America

The U.S. Department of Labor struck an ‘America First’ tone as it released its list of slave-made goods – Reuters

US Reaches Agreement in Family Separation Cases – Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International USA Calls New Refugee Cap ‘Abandonment of Refugees’, Calling on Congress to Oppose – Amnesty International USA

$154M plan with federal government step toward self-government for Métis: Manitoba Metis Federation – CBC News

‘Offensive’ online test about Indigenous Canadians symptom of larger problem in Alberta schools, say advocates – CBC News


Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia– BBC News

Australia’s elder abuse scandal ‘beyond belief’– BBC News

New Zealand to raise refugee quota in 2020– The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

UNPO Concerned About Impacts of EU-Vietnam FTA on Human Rights–

Breakthrough for LGBT rights as Hong Kong to recognise same-sex partnerships in spousal visa applications– South China Morning Post

Is #MeToo changing China?– New York Times

Jovito ‘The Butcher’ Palparan sentenced for kidnapping students– Al Jazeera

Kyrgyzstan: Abusive Crackdowns on ‘Extremist’ Material– Human Rights Watch

Maldives election: Votes cast in controversial poll– BBC News

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on opening a Preliminary Examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh-International Criminal Court

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