HRBDT Weekly News Circular

By Manuel Fernandez Sierra

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 10 – 16 February 2018.

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

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

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


The War on Children: Time to End Violations Against Children in Armed Conflict  – Save The Children

Efficient national tax systems critical for sustainable development and inclusive growth, urge UN, partners – UN News

HRC | Cooperation, participation and dialogue key to solving challenges in 2018 – International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data – UNICEF

Press release: New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears – UN Women

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç GüneşFrancesca Fazio


International Day of Women and Girls in Science: UN calls for smashing stereotypes – UN News Centre

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – Geneva International Centre for Justice

With rising number of girls at risk, world in ‘race against time’ to end female genital mutilation – UN News Centre

Winter Olympics begin with powerful message of peace – The Guardian

UN seeks $1.06 billion to help fragile countries create ‘firewall against famine’ – UN News Centre

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon Clayette, Nina Giraudel, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, and 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. 


Partnership key to ensuring all children can access education – senior UN officials – UN News

World Cancer Day: UN agency chief urges greater access to diagnosis, prevention and treatment services – UN News


U.S. ups pressure on South Sudan’s Kiir, bans arms sales – Reuters

Congo ‘state agents’ murdered hundreds in 2017, says UN report  – The Guardian

The EU’s migration hypocrisy in Africa – Al Jazeera

Cape Town’s Water Crisis Response Needs to Protect the Rights of Millions – Human Rights Watch

Putting Kenya’s media shutdown in context – Al Jazeera

AU summit: Corruption and conflict were on the agenda – Al Jazeera

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç GüneşFrancesca Fazio


International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – OHCHR Statement

‘We are all at risk’ when humanity’s values are abandoned; UN honours memory of Holocaust victims – UN News Centre

World Leprosy Day: Time to end leprosy stigma, says new UN human rights expert – OHCHR News

UN flag no longer offers ‘natural’ protection to peacekeepers, says report on mission casualties – UN News Centre

Bring human rights to discussion tables and into decisions at Davos, UN experts urge – UN News Centre

Davos: UN rights chief stresses leading role of businesses in ending LGBTI discrimination – UN News Centre

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Paying a tribute to Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

It has now been a year since Professor Sir Nigel Rodley passed away. A great number of tributes have been shared by friends, colleagues, past students and collaborators. What has been made abundantly clear through these tributes is that Nigel has had a deep impact on many, both professionally and personally.

Tributes have come in various forms, and continue to be developed. Examples include two memorial conferences which were held in September and October of 2017, one organised by the Human Rights Centre and the School of Law at the University of Essex, and the other hosted by The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati College of Law; a memorial plaque produced by the Bahrain Human Rights Society in recognition of Nigel’s efforts in advancing human rights in Bahrain; and a documentary on the life and legacy of Nigel is currently being produced by Human Rights in the Picture.

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Crossing the Niagara Falls on a Bicycle? The enduring hospital crisis in Latin America

By Luis F. Yanes

“They took me to a hospital ‘of people’ (supposedly)

And in the emergency room, the receptionist was listening to the lottery.

We’ve got to check your blood pressure, but the room is occupied.

And, my dear, in this hospital there’s no electricity for an EKG.” – J.L. Guerra.

 It’s been almost 20 years since Juan Luis Guerra’s famous song ‘El Niagara en Bicicleta’ came out, and the dramatic situation of public hospitals in Latin America has not changed. Anyone who listens to the song would think it embodies part of Latin American magical realism narrative: exaggerated, full of metaphors and borderline sci-fi. However, one needs only to read some of the news concerning the public health crisis in countries such as Venezuela, Brazil or Guatemala, to understand that this is not exaggerated narrative, this is the dramatic reality that millions of people are facing in Latin America.

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