International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

 By  Giulia Carlini, Udita Sharma,  Tommaso Poli, Diana Figueroa,  Elizabeth Mangenje,  Tola Akindipe

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. 

  • World

World still lagging on indigenous rights 10 years after historic declaration, UN experts warn – UN OHCHR News

Do Astronauts have Human Rights in Space? – RightsInfo

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By  Tola Akindipe,  Giulia Carlini,  Diana Figueroa,  Elizabeth Mangenje,  Tommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma

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

Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?  -Al Jazeera

 

Africa

Mass Nigerian arrests for ‘homosexual acts’ in Lagos State     -BBC News

US investigating allegations of torture by Cameroon troops  -NEWS24

Rwandans set to choose prosperity over human rights in ‘formality’ presidential poll      -France 24

More than 250 killed in DR Congo’s Kasai, says UN    -Al Jazeera

South Africa: Sex, Shrugs and Policy Holes – Why Partially Decriminalising Sex Work Isn’t Enough      -All Africa

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Vicarious Trauma of the Private Counter-Terror Workforce: Extending the Duty of Care

By Vivian Ng

Communities used to gather on street corners, sidewalks, parks and public squares. Today, social media platforms are increasingly the forum of choice for individuals seeking to express themselves, communicate, interact, organise, and even mobilise. These online platforms are today’s public square, where free exchange and development of opinions and ideas can happen. However, there are concerns that social media has also become a forum for terrorists, racists, misogynists, or child abusers to thrive. As a result, and particularly in light of recent terror attacks, there is pressure on social media companies to be more proactive in preventing their platforms from being used to radicalise and incite violence. In response, social media companies are investing in more resources to moderate content on their platforms, particularly by expanding teams of content moderators. A critical reflection of the human rights implications engaged by this evolving role and the responsibility of technology companies is necessary. This post will focus on one specific element of the wider debate: an interrogation of the duty of care owed to the so-called ‘private counter-terror workforce’.

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By  Tola Akindipe,  Giulia Carlini, Elizabeth Mangenje,  Tommaso Poli,  Udita Sharma

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

How the ‘business case’ for gender equality sidelines human rights – Opendemocracy

  • Africa

Constitution Amendment Bill Passed by National Assembly – The Zimbabwean

ICC ruling on SA and Bashir: Pragmatism wins the day – News24

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Amnesty International’s Tanya O’Carroll on privacy & the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ argument

By Ajay Sandhu 

I recently interviewed Tanya O’Carroll, a Technology and Human Rights advisor at Amnesty International, to discuss government surveillance and its impact. I framed our discussion around the most common response researchers studying surveillance receive from the public: the “nothing to hide” argument. The nothing to hide argument alleges that government surveillance programs serve a security purpose and should not to be opposed by innocent people. This blog outlines O’Carroll thoughts about the nothing to hide argument and it’s flaws, the importance of privacy rights, and the ‘encryption mentality’ that she thinks should replace the nothing to hide argument. Continue reading

Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System

By Karinna Fernández, Cristián Peña and Sebastián Smart

Scholars and commentators have focused on Chile as a successful example of democratic transition, but much still remains to be done around improving human rights compliance in the country. For example, Chile has failed to effectively address some of the atrocities perpetrated during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship of 1973-90, or the current human rights violations that affect indigenous peoples and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) community. As will be shown, the Inter American Human Rights System (IAHRS) offers opportunities in this regard, and provides a forum to address both past and present human rights violations. To understand these opportunities, the first part of this post will give some current examples of human rights violations in the country, while in the second part we will show how the IAHRS has contributed to the advancement of human rights.

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