HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Amy Dickens

Each week the Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from 16 – 23 November 2018.

You can follow the HRBDT Project on twitter: @hrbdtNews.

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UN austerity and human rights report highlights Big Data risks in the UK

By Carmel Williams

Big Data and artificial intelligence are, perhaps surprisingly, a featured highlight in the UN expert’s report on extreme poverty in the UK. Technology is frequently proffered as a solution to poverty and other social rights failings (see for example the recent Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care). However, Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, focuses instead on its potential to erode democracy.

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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

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.

International

Statement by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, Geneva – Human Rights Watch

Joint Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November – UNICEF

Revealed: faulty medical implants harm patients around world – The Guardian

Refugees Have Missed 1.5 Billion Days of School Since 2016, UN Says – Global Citizen

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An End to PFI/PF2- Implications for the Right to Health

By Amy Dickens

On 29thOctober 2018, Philip Hammond delivered a Conservative Budget declaring an end to austerity and outlining plans for a post-Brexit economy. Amidst his speech was the announcement that the government will finally end the Private Finance Initiative (PFI/PF2) on the basis of ‘compelling evidence’ that it does not deliver value for money or transfer risk to the private sector, as proclaimed by the Conservatives and their political predecessors.

Hammond also stated the government’s commitment to honouring its existing contracts. What the Chancellor omitted is the scale of the legacy PFI leaves behind; the 700 existing PFI and PF2 deals will cost the taxpayer an estimated £199 billion by the 2040s. These staggering costs, and the political opacity surrounding PFI, have attracted expert criticism and public outrage. I argue, however, that the PFI saga amounts to more than just an administrative scandal; it is an egregious violation of the rights of UK citizens. Continue reading

International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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.

International

World Diabetes Day: ‘What I wish people knew about my condition’– BBC News

Coral reefs can’t wait for world to take action, urges UN, as Biodiversity Conference gets underway– UN News

When nations work together, hope prevails and collective solutions can be found – UN chief tells Peace Forum, marking World War centenary in Paris- UN News

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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

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.

International

Multilateralism more vital than ever, as World War centenary looms: Security Council – UN News

UN chief sees ‘parallels’ with 1930s amid nationalism warnings – AlJazeera

Pope Francis Says Selling Water Is ‘Incompatible’ With Human Rights – Global Citizen

Waste not, want not: Improving diets by reducing food loss and waste (Full Policy Brief) Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets) – Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

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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.

International

 International court rejects Saif Gaddafi call to drop arrest warrant – UN News

UN experts: Time to end global crisis of impunity for crimes against journalists – OHCHR

Google walkout: global protests after sexual misconduct allegations – The Guardian

Girls Are More Likely to Die in Countries Where Gender Inequality Persists – Global Citizen

More countries partner to target ‘zero hunger’ in global south – UN News

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