International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekFloriane Borel, and Mitch Paquette

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.


HRW head Kenneth Roth talks about what role for human rights in Davos – France 24

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Reviews the Situation of Children in Italy – UNOG

8 things we must do to tackle humanitarian crises in 2019 – ICRC


Zimbabwe troops accused of ‘systematic torture’ of protesters – BBC News

Zimbabwe high court orders government to restore full internet – The Guardian

Sudan protests spread as death toll rises to 29 – Al Jazeera

Two peacekeepers killed in an attack against UN convoy in Mali – UN News

Historic day as Tshisekedi is sworn in as DR Congo president – BBC News

UN welcomes Angola’s repeal of anti-gay law, and ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation – UN News


European Court’s 2018 Report Reveals ‘Massive Influx’ Of Complaints Against Russia – Rights Info

More than 2.6m Brits are Holocaust deniers, poll finds – Independent

Britain unveils ‘landmark’ laws against domestic abuse – Reuters

Scotland Unveils Radical To-Do List to Become World Leader in Gender Equality – Global Citizen

The Test for Sweden’s New Government – Human Rights Watch

Russia: First criminal case under “undesirable organizations” law marks a new level of repression – Amnesty International

Latin America and the Caribbean

UN chief calls on Venezuela’s politicians to ‘avoid escalation’, end suffering of the people – UN News

‘I do not want to die’: Central American exodus grows – Al Jazeera

Jean Wyllys: Gay Brazil politician will not return over death threats – BBC News

Colombia’s ELN rebels say deadly car bomb was legitimate act of war – Reuters


Palestinian man shot dead during settler violence in West Bank – Al Jazeera

Yemen ceasefire: Houthi retreat suffers setback, says UN envoy – The Guardian

Tunisia: Bloggers Held for Criticizing Officials – Human Rights Watch

UN rights envoy comes to Turkey to study Khashoggi killing – AP News

North America

US to start returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday – Al Jazeera

New bill seeks to energize American Cyberdiplomacy – Foreign Policy

With Roe v. Wade under threat, a new era in the battle over abortion rights – The New Yorker


Australia Has Seriously Neglected Social Housing for Years: Report – Global Citizen

Human rights and well-being need to be at the centre of Government’s reform agenda – New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Australia’s ‘Battered Wife’ cafe to close after name causes backlash – Reuters

NZ Justice Minister Andrew Little addresses UN Human Rights Council – NZ Herald

Papua New Guinea Is in a Water Crisis. This App Could Change That. – Global Citizen

South and South-East Asia

Rohingya Refugee Children Finally Get to Learn Again With 1,600 New School Centers – Global Citizen

Gay sex ruling brings India’s ‘pink economy’ out of the closet – Reuters

Pakistan: Garment Workers’ Rights at Risk – Human Rights Watch

Indonesian Campus Rape Victims Seek Justice – Global Citizen

In God’s name: Indian girls forced into sex work despite ritual ban – Reuters

Japan must stand with Vietnamese human rights activists – Human Rights Watch

China: Secret detention places writer at risk of torture – Amnesty International


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