Internationational 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.


UN experts deeply concerned by ‘new practice’ of State-sponsored abductions– OHCHR

UN Calls to End ‘Virginity Tests’ Around the World – Global Citizen

Nobel laureate urges end to impunity on rape as weapon of war – Reuters

Inhumane conditions in informal settlements a “global scandal”, says UN rights expert – OHCHR

Human Rights Committee adopts two additional paragraphs of a draft General Comment on the right to life – OHCHR


Nigeria’s Kaduna state: 55 dead after row at market– BBC News

Amnesty welcomes Zimbabwe’s freedom of assembly law– Business Ghana

Airstrike kills 60 Islamist extremist fighters in Somalia, US military says– The Guardian

Ethiopia police arrests lawyer over ‘Addis Ababa ruler’ declaration– Africa News

Senegalese teen girls sexually exploited in schools– Afica Feeds


EU: Oppose Hungary’s Rejection of EU Values –  Human Rights Watch

Greece suspends police officer for swearing at a migrant woman – Reuters

A year after their detention in Spain, the Jordis should be released – Amnesty International

Turkey: End Prosecutions For ‘Insulting President’ – Human Rights Watch

Europe urged to protect thousands of children from human traffickers – Reuters

Russia: Repressive law on public assemblies used to arbitrarily detain anti-corruption lawyer – Amnesty International

Latin America and the Caribbean

Why speaking out in Nicaragua is getting tough– BBC News

Brazil: Fake news scandal hits country’s presidential election– Al Jazeera

Caravan of 3,000 Central American migrants crosses into Mexico– The Guardian

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hear Case Against Jamaica’s Anti-Buggery Law– Carribean 360
Human Rights Group In Haiti Wants Better Conditions For Juvenile Detainees– Jamaica Gleaner


Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed but claims he died in ‘fistfight’ – The Guardian

Gaza: Fears of further bloodshed as Israel adopts ‘zero tolerance’ policy – Amnesty International

Egypt: France flouts international law by continuing to export arms used in deadly crackdowns – Amnesty International

Iran: Arrests, Harassment of Baha’is – Human Rights Watch

Women in Iran Watched Soccer in a Stadium for the First Time in 35 Years – Global Citizen

Syria: Residents Blocked From Returning – Human Rights Watch

Migrant crisis: Libya opposes EU plan for centres, says minister– BBC News

Algeria bans women working in public sector from wearing full-face veils- The Independent

North America

Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico – Reuters

A year after Raqqa, US-led coalition’s ongoing denials an insult to survivors – Amnesty International USA

UN postal agency ‘regrets’ US withdrawal – UN News

100 Canadian Business Leaders Urge the Government Not to Scrap Basic Income Project – Global Citizen

Quebec Law Could Force Women Who Wear Hijabs Out of Jobs – Global Citizen


Why some sexual abuse survivors shunned Australia’s apology– BBC News

A plan to force migrants to live in regional areas would create ‘ghetto towns’– News Au

UN body says Australia breached human rights laws and needs to review Migration Act– The Guardian

Red Cross welcomes NZ Manus Island resettlement offer– Newshub

South and South-East Asia

Afghanistan election: Voters defy violence to cast ballots– BBC News

Bangladesh: Crackdown on Social Media– Human Rights Watch

Inside Myanmar’s open-air prisons– CNN

S. Korean Envoy: Full-fledged Inter-Korean Projects Could Violate UN Sanctions– KBS World

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