International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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


Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year – UN News

UNGA meeting spotlights the ‘press behind bars’, as experts denounce record number of jailed journalists – UN News (To watch the whole meeting, click here)

World ‘Nowhere Near’ Reaching Climate Change Target: UN Report – Global Citizen

World Bank Group Commits $1 Billion for Battery Storage to Ramp Up Renewable Energy Globally – The World Bank


Africa: Fight Against ‘Vicious’ Tuberculosis Epidemic Drastically Underfunded – UN Deputy Chief – allAfrica

Egypt: Woman human rights defender and sexual harassment survivor sentenced for speaking out  – Amnesty International

South Sudan’s ‘relentless conflict’ leaves almost 60 per cent suffering desperate food crisis – UN News

DRC resumes battle against Ebola after militia attack – The Guardian

South Sudan Announces Release of ‘Prisoners of War and Detainees’ – Human Rights Watch


UK warns of higher costs if Brexit talks fail – CNN

Malta allows migrants off rescue ship after five days –  Al Jazeera

France: Criminal conviction for a tweet will have chilling effect on migrant rights defenders – Amnesty International

As Brexit divisions widen, PM May challenges Brexit critics – Reuters

Police clash with Catalan separatists in Barcelona – Al Jazeera

Latin America and the Caribbean

Venezuela: Landmark UN Rights Council Resolution – Human Rights News

Women rally against Brazil front-runner – The BBC

Economy on a steady rise in Latin America and Caribbean region ‘despite international turbulence’ – UN report – UN News

Costa Rica Launches Initiative on Environment and Human Rights – Human Rights News

Haiti’s security situation remains ‘fragile’: UN representative – UN News


HRW: Iraqis forcibly disappeared ‘by security forces’ – Al Jazeera

Syria foreign minister tells U.N. country is ready for refugee return – Reuters

Yemen: amid major roadblocks, an ‘unprecedented’ response to an unprecedented tragedy – UN News

Palestinians say seven killed as Israeli troops fire on Gaza protest – Reuters

North America

Interview: How Mothers Jailed in the US Lose Custody of Their Children – Human Rights Watch

Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked – BBC News

Today Is Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day — Here’s What You Should Know – Global Citizen

Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100 – The Washington Post

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is ‘morally wrong’  – The Guardian


Dumping 15m tonnes of salt at Queensland creek ‘considerable’ risk to water  – The Guardian

Australia Needs to Guarantee Military Exports are Not Used in Unlawful Attacks in Yemen: Joint NGO Letter – Human Rights Watch

Fears Coalition’s surveillance bill could destroy privilege against self-incrimination – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Indonesia tsunami: Rescuers dig through rubble for survivors– The BBC

U.N. concerned over spike in civilian casualties in Afghan air strikes – Reuters

Philippines’ Duterte Confesses to ‘Drug War’ Slaughter – Human Rights News

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report – UN News

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


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