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.


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


The lifting of UN sanctions will not solve Eritrea’s problems – Al Jazeera

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track – World Health Organisation

Central African Republic: UN warns that more than six in 10 people now need urgent humanitarian assistance – UN News

Making Ethiopia’s Electoral Board Independent – Human Rights Watch

DR Congo violence puts Ebola humanitarian response at risk, UN food relief agency warns – UN News


Historic Brexit summit: 10 key questions BBC

‘EU won’t allow us out and London won’t fight for us’ Al Jazeera

Thousands march in Spanish cities to protest violence against women Reuters
Greece: Dire Conditions for Asylum Seekers on Lesbos – Human Rights Watch

Stranded in Bosnia, refugees desperate to reach Western Europe – Al Jazeera

Latin America and the Caribbean

Migrant caravan: Humanitarian crisis develops in Tijuana – BBC

After decade of progress, rural areas of Latin America, Caribbean slide back into poverty – UN report – UN News
A new dawn for Cuba? The draft constitution explained – Al Jazeera
Amazon deforestation ‘worst in 10 years’ – BBC
Strike shuts down Haiti as anti-corruption protests continue – Al Jazeera


Yemen: up to 85,000 young children dead from starvation – The Guardian

The Syrian Conflict’s Next Front – Human Rights Watch

Is sexual abuse used as a weapon to silence women? – Al Jazeera

Syria Urges U.N. to Condemn Rebels After Apparent Chemical Attack – New York Times

Conflict and inequality shape children’s lives in Iraq; UNICEF urges ‘right policies’ for protection – UN News

North America
Florida: HIV Care Lacking for Transgender Women – Human Rights Watch

One in 10 New York school students is homeless – Al Jazeera

Dire warning on US climate change impacts – BBC
Harmful ‘Gender Identity’ Resolution Passed by Ontario Party – Human Rights Watch

Australia plans to strip citizenship of native-born ‘terrorists’ – Al Jazeera

For Refugees on Nauru, Little Joy on Children’s Day – Australian Institute of International Affairs

Australia Rejects U.N. Migration Pact, Sticks With Hardline Asylum-Seeker Policy – New York Times

South and South-East Asia

UN migration agency builds temporary safe havens to shelter Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – UN News
India, Pakistan make progress on ‘corridor’ for Sikh pilgrims – Reuters
China’s Social Media Crackdown Targets Twitter – Human Rights Watch
U.N. says hopes for peace in Afghanistan are well founded – Reuters

Protest against sexual abuse in Catholic church grows in India – Al Jazeera

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