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 2 – 9 November 2018.

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

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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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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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

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

‘Essential step’ towards universal health care made at pivotal UN conference – UN News

Global Food Security Is at Risk If We Don’t Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases – Global Citizen

Those who produce food are among world’s hungriest – UN rights expert – UN News

‘Crippling to our credibility’ that number of women peacekeepers is so low: UN chief – UN News

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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

UN experts deeply concerned by ‘new practice’ of State-sponsored abductions– OHCHR

UN Calls to End ‘Virginity Tests’ Around the World – Global Citizen

Nobel laureate urges end to impunity on rape as weapon of war – Reuters

Inhumane conditions in informal settlements a “global scandal”, says UN rights expert – OHCHR

Human Rights Committee adopts two additional paragraphs of a draft General Comment on the right to life – OHCHR

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The Alleged Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Why this case strikes such a nerve

Carla Ferstman

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Jamal Khashoggi. Photo credit: April Brady/Project on Middle East Democracy

On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent exiled critic of the Saudi regime and journalist for the Washington Post attended the Saudi consulate in Turkey to retrieve paperwork needed for his impending marriage to Turkish national Hatice Cendiz. Ms Cendiz waited for him outside the consulate in vain; he never emerged. Weeks have now passed and Turkish authorities have drip-fed a stream of gruesome information about their investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance and apparent murder within the confines of the embassy.

Details which have emerged include the arrival in Turkey of a team of 15 special forces officers and intelligence officials, information about Khashoggi having been tortured, killed, beheaded and dismembered with a bone saw. Apparently, some areas at the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was last seen alive had been repainted and toxic materials had been found by police. Turkish sources have apparently alleged that the body was transported to the consul general’s house nearby and disposed of.  On 15 October, CNN reported that it had been informed by sources that the Saudis are preparing a report that will say that Khashoggi died in a botched interrogation intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey. According to reports over the last 24 hours, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has travelled to Saudi Arabia for crisis talks regarding the unfolding situation and is on route to Turkey.

Saudi Arabia is clearly no beacon for human rights. While there is no pecking order for atrocious acts of violence, it is hard to ignore Saudi Arabia’s three-year campaign of indiscriminate bombing of Yemen, devastating the civilian population and leading to mass starvation. Nor should we ignore the spate of beheadings in the country.

So why does the Khashoggi case strike such a nerve?

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Mobile phone theft and EU eprivacy law: the CJEU clarifies police powers

By Lorna Woods

This post originally appeared on EU Law Analysis, and is reproduced here with permission.

Introduction

This week’s CJEU judgment in Case C-207/16 Ministerio Fiscal is part of the jurisprudence on the ePrivacy Directive, specifically Article 15 which broadly allows Member States to permit intrusions into the confidentiality of communications for certain specified reasons.  Article 15 is part of the legal framework for the mass retention of communications data from Digital Rights Ireland (Case C-293/12 and 594/12), EU:C:2014:238) (“DRI”) on and in which the Court has affirmed that retention schemes could be justified only in the case of “serious crime” (Tele2/Watson (Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15), ECLI:EU:C:2016:970).  This left the question of what “serious crime” might be, and whether there would be EU law standards circumscribing the scope of this term. It is this question that the reference here seeks to address, though it should be noted that the facts in issue were very different from those in the earlier cases. Continue reading

International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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

International

Taliban confirms talks with US peace envoy – AlJazeera

UN chided over new rights council members – BBC

Improve collection of data on disasters, Secretary-General Guterres urges on International Day for Disaster Reduction – UN News

Jordan and Syria say border to reopen on Monday – Reuters

Failure to act swiftly on climate change risks human rights violation on massive scale – Amnesty International

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