International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekFloriane Borel, and Anene Regassa

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


In Marrakech, UN chief urges world leaders to ‘breathe life’ into historic global migration pact – UN News

Thousands March for Action on Global Warming at United Nations Climate Talks – TIME

Human rights in 2018 – ten issues that made headlines– The Conversation


Uganda President on Anti-corruption announcement -Africa News

Human Rights watch cautions Ethiopia on hate speech Law– Africa News

Ethiopia deploys federal forces over insecurity; protests, arrests in Oromia- Africa News

Activists: Rwigara acquittal must be a first step on Rwanda’s human rights– Africa Times

Ex-Burkina Faso president’s brother faces extradition from France-Reuters

Sierra Leone doctors strike over conditions, nurses may follow– Reuters


Bulgaria will shun U.N. migration pact – Reuters

Gay people should not join Catholic clergy, Pope Francis says – The Guardian

Central European University Forced to Leave Hungary – Human Rights Watch

Workers arrested in Turkey for protesting conditions at airport construction site must be released – Amnesty International

Traveller women in Britain risk abuse and isolation – Reuters

EU: Students with Disabilities Face Barriers at European Schools – Human Rights Watch

Latin America and the Caribbean

Venezuela’s Health Tragedy and Brazil’s Response – Human Rights Watch

Peruvians back anti-corruption reforms in referendum: exit poll – Reuters


Soccer Player’s Plea: ‘I Am Afraid if I Go to Bahrain, I Will Be Tortured Again’– New York Times

Syrian aid worker who swam refugees to safety freed from Greek jail- The Guardian

Yemen’s warring sides gather in Sweden for peace talks– Al Jazeera

North America

Trump picks Nauert to be UN ambassador – CNN

Court refuses to allow Trump asylum ban for immigrants entering illegally – The Guardian

Asylum Seekers Rely on Ad Hoc Group of Migrant Coordinators – NPR News


Suicide crisis in remote Indigenous communities ‘Australia’s shame’, Senate inquiry finds – The Guardian

Encryption law fails on rights – Australian Human Rights Commission

New Zealand defence report says climate change greatest security risk – Reuters

New accessibility work programme important step in breaking down barriers – New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Campaign calling for New Zealand to protect China expert gathers pace – The Guardian

South and South-East Asia

Woman set on fire in India after complaining of attempted assault – Reuters

Pakistan to expel 18 charities as part of crackdown on international organisations – The Independent

A New Weapon Against Press Freedom in the Philippines – Human Rights Watch

China ‘rejects German human rights delegation’s request’ to visit Xinjiang – South China Morning Post

Cambodian critic held in Thailand over sex-trafficking film – wife – Reuters

Malaysia: Keep Moratorium on Abusive Laws – Human Rights Watch

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


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