International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir Ozbek

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.


2018 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege for Fighting Sexual Violence – Global Citizen

‘Endless volley of assaults’ aimed at refugees: protection chief calls for ‘humane dialogue’ – UN News

Child sexual abuse and exploitation: UN event sheds light on the unthinkable – UN News

World Habitat Day: Governments must end the brutal practice of forced evictions – Amnesty International

Marking World Space Week, UN stresses power of space to ‘unite the world’ – UN News

Global Citizen Launches Campaign to Achieve Health for All – Global Citizen

UN Experts Slam Athletics Gender Regulations– Human Rights Watch


Eritrea: Diplomacy Changes, but Political Prisoners Remain– Human Rights Watch

In DR Congo, UN Security Council says December polls are ‘historic opportunity’ for country– UN News

DR Congo oil tanker collision leaves at least 50 dead– BBC News

Nigeria: Top UN officials say more support needed to ease humanitarian crisis and rebuild lives in conflict-ravaged north-east– UN News

Report on Guinea’s bauxite mining calls for better regulation– Africa Times

In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery– UN News


Romania votes on defining marriage as only between a man and a woman – CNN

British PM May backs heterosexual civil partnerships – Reuters

Saudi journalist ‘killed inside consulate’ – Turkish sources – The Guardian

Paris: Dire Situation for Migrant Adolescents Arriving Alone – Human Rights Watch

Greece: Refugee women speak out against violence, dangerous conditions and official neglect – Amnesty International

Latin America and the Caribbean

Haiti struck by deadly earthquake– BBC News

Presidential elections in Brazil: polls and results– The Brazilian Report

Peru’s high court overturns pardon of former strongman Fujimori– The Guardian


UNRWA concerned over plan to shut its East Jerusalem operation – Reuters

Israel/OPT: Demolition of Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar is cruel blow and war crime – Amnesty International

Lebanon: Discriminatory Nationality Law – Human Rights Watch

Egypt’s LGBT+ face horrific discrimination in housing, says UN rapporteur – Reuters

Iran: Victim of domestic and sexual violence, arrested as a child, is executed after unfair trial – Amnesty International

Morocco: New Domestic Workers Law Takes Effect– All Africa

North America

Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to US supreme court after Senate votes in favour – The Guardian

Trump says it’s ‘a very scary time for young men in America’ – CNN

California Governor Signs Landmark Juvenile Justice Bill – Human Rights Watch

New Satellite Imagery Shows Growth in Detention Camps for Children – Human Rights Watch

#MeToo, 1 year later: Canadian sexual assault crisis centres report record number of calls – Global News Canada

Current child welfare system doesn’t work for Indigenous kids: former B.C. advocate – CBC News


West Papua human rights advocate calls for solidarity– Maori television

Nauru govt discards refugee mental service– The Australian

Abortion rights group brings complaint to Human Rights Group over ‘discriminatory’ laws– tvnz

Housing NZ tenants complain about ineffective heaters– RNZ

South and South-East Asia

India criticised for deporting seven Rohingya men to Myanmar – Al Jazeera

India braces for face-off after lifting of ban on temple entry for women of menstrual age – Reuters

Tokyo: New Law Bars LGBT Discrimination – Human Rights Watch

Osaka drops San Francisco as sister city over ‘comfort women’ statue – The Guardian

Pakistan tells 18 international NGOs to leave – ActionAid – Reuters

Malaysia: Syrian man stuck at airport must not be deported – Amnesty International

Afghan government rejects proposals to privatize war– Reuters

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