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.


UN Court judge quits the Hague citing political interference – The Guardian

Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows – UN News

Early warning, early action: changing the way disasters are managed – ReliefWeb


Central African Republic reaches peace deal with armed groups: UN – Al Jazeera

Nigeria: Deadliest Boko Haram attack on Rann leaves at least 60 people murdered – Amnesty International

Belgium agrees to take in former Ivory Coast president – The Guardian

Human Rights Council Should Create Independent Fact-Finding Group for Sudan – Human Rights Watch

Djibouti: scores feared dead after two migrant boats overturn – The Guardian


Dutch liability for Srebrenica massacre should be overturned – court advisor – Reuters

Mother of three-year-old is first person convicted of FGM in UK – The Guardian

Italian coastguard blocks migrant rescue ship in Sicily port – Reuters

Russia: Heartless charges against activist who supported detained colleague – Amnesty International

EU Leaders Drag Their Feet on Hungary Sanctions – Human Rights Watch

UK: Anger Over Plans To Allow Ministers To Change Immigration Laws Without Going Through Parliament – Right Info

Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia: Five armed conflicts – what’s happening? – ICRC

Venezuela: Focusing on humanitarian needs in a highly polarized environment – ICRC

European nations set to recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s leader – The Guardian

El Chapo Trial: The 11 biggest revelations from the case – New York Times


Assad regime found liable for war reporter Marie Colvin’s death in landmark $300m US lawsuit – The Telegraph

Yemen’s warring parties meet on ship to discuss stalled troop withdrawal – Reuters

UAE: Pope Should Raise Rights Issues on Visit – Human Rights Watch

USAID assistance in the West Bank and Gaza has ceased – U.S. official – Reuters

Syrians trapped in Rukban call on UN for safe passage – Al Jazeera

North America

Jail or Bail? There’s a New Option – New York Times

Poor students more likely to play football, despite brain injury concerns – NPR News

Kentucky attorney general warns abortion bill is unlawful – ABC News


Australia says last asylum-seeker children will soon leave Nauru – Reuters

Behrouz Boochani: detained asylum seeker wins Australia’s richest literary prize – The Guardian

PNG civil society group wants change on Papua policy – Radio NZ

Why nearly 2 million people are demanding an independence vote for West Papua province – ABC News

‘Progress is incredibly slow’: Australia lagging on disability rights – The Sunday Morning Herald

South and South-East Asia

India’s ‘invisible’ workers march for better pay, job security – Reuters

Hong Kong: Court ruling a setback in fight for equality for transgender people – Amnesty International

Myanmar: Peaceful Critics Prosecuted – Human Rights Watch

Philippines: Peace advocate gunned down in yet another targeted killing – Amnesty International

China: Rights Website Founder Sentenced to 5 Years – Human Rights Watch

Pollution prompts Bangkok to close schools for the week – Reuters


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