Here are this week’s top human rights headlines:


An Amnesty International report has exposed the “perilous conditions” children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo face when mining for compounds necessary to make cell phone and car batteries. Children, some as young as seven years old, informed Amnesty International that they worked up to twelve hours a day in the mines, carried heavy loads, and earned a maximum of two dollars per day.

On January 20, the United Nations announced it would reduce the number of peacekeeping forces in Cote D’Ivoire by 1,500 troops as the country becomes more stable.


A Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her lawyer husband have been arrested on charges of “subversion of state power.” Wang Yu is one of many human rights lawyers who have been imprisoned in the past few years in China.


A ninety-five year old former medic who worked in Auschwitz in the fall of 1944 is being charged with “complicity in the ‘cruel and insidious killings of at least 3,681’ people.” The case will go to trial in Germany on February 29, 2016.

Latin America

The United Nations announced that Peru would compensate a woman who was denied an abortion in 2001 at the age of seventeen. The pregnancy threatened her life, as well the life of her child. The child died four days after birth.

Middle East/North Africa

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is working to send overnight deliveries to villages in Syria in an attempt to keep civilians from starving to death.

United States

On January 19, the Supreme Court refused to review Arkansas’s controversial ban on abortions after twelve weeks of pregnancy, effectively allowing the ban to remain.





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