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Civil society groups urge Laos, Thailand to investigate enforced disappearances Dissent Is ‘Anti-National’ in Modi’s India Reckless Development Worsens Maldives’ Environmental Crisis New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office Radio journalist murdered in northeastern Peru UN human rights report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of deadly Chile protests Dr Karl: if you go with the Science, you end up with a more peaceful society Director-General condemns murder of photographer Albertina Martínez Burgos in Chile A Moment for Justice in the Central African Republic CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says Signing of a partnership between UNESCO and Peace and Sport Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says Algeria: Prominent Rights Defender Imprisoned on Election Eve Tanzania: Burundians Pressured into Leaving UNESCO calls on its statutory board of basic science for foresight next mid-term strategy and the future of science Aalst Carnival removed from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity test en Pakistan Should End Silence on ‘Disappeared’ Activist Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ethnic Discrimination a Key Barrier Intangible Heritage Committee inscribes six cultural elements and highlights two Good Safeguarding Practices Red Cross Red Crescent Conference: Over 160 States gather to address world's most pressing humanitarian issues 15 cultural practices join UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Heritage Free expression groups call on Arron Banks to drop SLAPP lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr Why we urgently need to teach and learn about climate change Sierra Leone: Regional court ruling gives hope to thousands of pregnant girls banned from school The UNESCO Courier issue on indigenous languages and knowledge Winners of Young Humanitarian Writers Competition 2019 announced Yemen: Riyadh Agreement Ignores Rights Abuses New York: Cuomo Announces Pesticide Ban Building Momentum to Hold Companies to Account Pakistani man shoots ex-wife for working as journalist Action Needed to End Iraq Killings Intergovernmental Committee inscribes five cultural practices on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Heritage Wednesday’s Daily Brief: COP25 latest, Aung San Suu Kyi at the ICJ, Asia-Pacific malnutrition, rights in Egypt Explosive Weapons In Populated Areas, Opening Remarks by Peter Maurer at the 33rd International Conference Side Event Intergovernmental Committee inscribes ten cultural practices on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Heritage Afghanistan Papers Detail US Role in Abuse US State of Ohio Proposes Extreme Abortion Ban Eleven Sentenced over St. Petersburg Metro Bombing Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar from accusations of genocide, at top UN court UNESCO Director-General visits historic Santa Clara Convent UNESCO Director-General visits restored primary school where José Martí studied Experts' Workshop Report on IHL and Islamic Law in Contemporary Armed Conflicts Amnesty International updates Citizen Evidence Lab for cutting-edge open-source human rights investigations Pakistani man shoots ex-wife for working as journalist India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims Cameroon: Victims of Boko Haram attacks feel abandoned in the Far North Cordial meeting of UNESCO Director General with Regional Office for Culture team Cambodia: Access to Information Bill Falls Short Five Human Rights Issues That Defined 2019 for Australia Pressure Mounts on New York Governor to Ban Toxic Pesticide For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning Myanmar: Hearings Begin in Genocide Case Cameroon: Make Humanitarian Response More Inclusive German Constitutional Court hearing on journalists’ and RSF’s complaint against the BND law Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2019 Police close radio station, detain radio technician in northern DRC Iraq : Another Iraqi journalist killed, third since start of protests Intangible Heritage Committee inscribes four practices on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims Failure to register newborns leaves millions ‘invisible’ warns UN Children’s Fund Intangible Cultural Committee inscribes four practices on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding Cambodia: Access to Information Bill Falls Short Iraq : Another Iraqi journalist killed, third since start of protests Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Human Rights Day, Samoa measles, COP25, economic slowdown, Myanmar at ICJ The beats of cumbia, fandango and merengue carranguero welcome Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee opening in Bogota Transgender Parent in Japan Banned from Changing Legal Gender US Imposes Human Rights Day Sanctions on Myanmar Who Cares About North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses? Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ as UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists Angola: Security forces violently disperse pro-independence march Kazakhstan: In Memory of Ninel Konstantinovna Fokina Police close radio station, detain radio technician in northern DRC UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists Spain: Ensure Saudi Arabian ship carries no arms through Spanish ports Turkey: Free Osman Kavala In Memory of Ninel Konstantinovna Fokina ICRC, ERCS distribute emergency assistance to 2,615 displaced households in North Ethiopia German Constitutional Court hearing on journalists’ and RSF’s complaint against the BND law Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison Lebanon: Hospital Crisis Endangering Health Kenya: Elusive Justice for Gross Injustice, Abuse Human Rights Watch Film Festival Utah Governor to Trump: ‘Allow Us to Accept More Refugees’ Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education RSF warns against the selection of journalists in Hong Kong Albanian authorities pursue highly problematic media laws despite public outcry Reporting of gunshot wounds: a study gives fresh insights on obligation for health staff Cambodia: Drop Charges Against Opposition Leader Uzbekistan: Torture Widespread, Routine Lighting Up Hope for Human Rights Preventing India’s Factory Disasters Monday’s Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms ‘World has failed’ victims of genocide too often: Guterres Human Rights Day celebrates ‘tremendous activism’ of the world’s young people International Conference Opening : ICRC President address Report gunshot wounds: a study gives fresh insights on obligation for health staff Nuclear weapons: An appeal for humanity Twenty-five years of the Great Wall Fellowships Programme: a Life-changing journey RSF warns against the selection of journalists in Hong Kong Albanian authorities pursue highly problematic media laws despite public outcry Solomon Islands: Minister should meet directly with local communities over mining concerns The 49th International Roshd Educational Film Festival celebrates the UNESCO night at Felestin Cinema. UNESCO hosts a session on the “Rule of Law as a key concept in the digital ecosystem” during the Internet Governance Forum Cyclone Idai: Facts and Figures Russia: Domestic Violence Bill Falls Short Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’ Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and 'must be fought by all, for all' Islamic and humanitarian law experts discuss preservation of human dignity in armed conflict Burundi’s Poll Exacts Brutal Toll Kyrgyzstan: Blogger Faces Incitement Charges “We Let Our Children Go Hungry to Pay” Friday's Daily Brief: Peacekeeping performance, Iranians' rights, Syria, Australia, Haiti updates, Greta Thunberg at COP25 Numbers Tell the Story of Hong Kong’s Human Rights Brazil Grants Asylum to 21,000 Venezuelans in a Single Day Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Peacekeeping performance, Iranians' rights, Syria, Australia, Haiti updates, Greta Thunberg at COP25 Feminist Art Exhibit Threatened in Kyrgyzstan UN agency hails Brazil ‘milestone’ decision over Venezuelan refugees 10th Sub-Saharan Africa Young Talents ceremony - L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme Algeria: Crackdown as Election Looms Saudi Arabia’s Strategy to ‘Sportswash’ Abuses Israeli police arrest four Palestine TV journalists in Jerusalem UN rights chief ‘extremely concerned’ over deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran UNESCO report shows fewer than 5% of people in many countries benefit from adult learning opportunities Climate change: The ethical challenges Human rights: Back to the Future Russian Trans Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Men’s Prison on Bogus Pornography Charges Al-Islah militiamen ban newspaper in Yemeni city Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Visita oficial de la Directora General de la UNESCO a Cuba Promoting International Humanitarian Law among Rwandan law students Burundi: Elections ‘Levy’ Opens Door to Abuse China: RSF calls for the release of citizen-journalist Lu Yuyu for medical reasons Joint NGO Letter RE: Section 779, Division B, H.R. 3055 India’s Transgender Rights Law Isn’t Worth Celebrating Greece: Camp Conditions Endanger Women, Girls Brazil: Venezuelan Children Fleeing Alone Indonesia Arrests Yet More Indigenous Papuans Director-General of UNESCO has friendly meeting with the Historian of the City of Havana El Salvador: After IACHR’s visit, the government must make major changes to guarantee human rights No Free Pass for North Korea’s Abuses US Official Threatens Communities That Don’t ‘Respect’ Police Indonesia Arrests Yet More Indigenous Papuans South Sudan: 29 people suffering gunshot wounds from clashes evacuated by air to Juba Egypt continues biggest wave of arrests of journalists since 2014 Level of media control in Hungary is “unprecedented in an EU member state” Malta: International organisations urge close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December Greece: Camp Conditions Endanger Women, Girls Press Freedom Still Under Attack in Nicaragua Case Against Tobacco Giant Could Protect Children Joint Letter on Establishing a Commission of Inquiry for Libya African Leaders Should Raise Concerns About Tanzania’s Pressure on Refugees to Return to Burundi Morocco: Landmark Proposals on Individual Freedoms Gambia: Commission Uncovers Ex-Dictator’s Alleged Crimes Gambia: Commission Uncovers Ex-Dictator’s Alleged Crimes Iraq: New Protester Deaths Despite Order Not to Fire Daily Life in Gaza Australia: Press for Release of Vietnam Detainees France Drops Plan to Give Boats to Libya France Drops Plan to Give Boats to Libya Greece: Camp Conditions Endanger Women, Girls Duterte Threatens to Shut Down TV Network Australia: Press for Release of Vietnam Detainees Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Iran : Open season on journalists after deadly crackdown on protests 1972 Convention on the Prohibition of Biological weapons 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Factsheet 2008 Convention on cluster munitions – Factsheet 1954 Convention on the protection of cultural property - Factsheet 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – Factsheet 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention – Factsheet Nepal: Driven by wheels of passion Mozambique: Armed violence exacerbates suffering in cyclone aftermath Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the implementation of international humanitarian law: Guiding principles All about the 14th Session of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee in Bogota Auditing Algorithms in New York City NGOs criticize Russian plan to extend “foreign agents” law to journalists Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder New poll reveals 7 in 10 people want governments to regulate Big Tech over personal data fears Russia Should Be Held Accountable for Any War Crimes in Syria Joint Letter on Egypt and Mexico Role in UN Counterterrorism Resolution Russian Activist Faces Unfounded Pornography Charges Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education “Are We Not Human?” UNESCO Mobilizes Support for Ghana’s Earthquake Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts Protests and civil unrest show ‘renewed sense of patriotism’ in Iraq, UN envoy tells Security Council Tuesday’s Daily Brief: climate crisis reports, renewal in Iraq, Zimbabwe’s hunger crisis, Disabilities Day Work on the missing requires determination; we must keep the course no matter the commitment Pakistan: Pro-government activists besiege Dawn building in Islamabad UNESCO Director-General deplores the killings of journalists Vedat Erdemci and Abdul Hameed al-Yousef in Syria RSF meets Bulgarian premier, proposes “road map” for boosting press freedom Sri Lanka: Harassment of journalists surges in first days of Rajapaksa presidency As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says Sudan still awaits its press freedom revolution ICRC appeal to fund its operations in 2020 Philippine radio manager dies of injuries one month after shooting attack UNESCO addresses sustainable tourism management at World Heritage sites IGF 2019 witnessed 16 countries’ progress in applying UNESCO’s Internet Universality Indicators Myanmar: Passion and Persistence are Coach Joe’s Mantra for Wheelchair Basketballers I am no different than anyone else ICRC preparing for major expansion of sports programs for people with disabilities UNESCO and Nara International Film Festival join forces to support to women filmmakers from Africa Yemen: War and exclusion leave millions of people with disabilities in the lurch Landmine Stockpiles and Their Destruction Woman in India Gang Raped, Murdered Sudan is still waiting for justice. The world can’t look away Gaza: Crutches of metal and hopes of steel UNESCO's contribution to Climate COP25 The Loss ‘Continuing deterioration’ leaves Mali facing critical security level: UN expert Tanzania: Withdrawal of individual rights to African Court will deepen repression Call for proposals for sessions at World Press Freedom Conference 2020 and pre-registration for participants now open UNESCO concludes its 40th General Conference with the adoption of a Convention facilitating universities exchanges South Sudan: 80 Wheelchair basketball players to face off in two-day tournament in Juba ERC, ICRC sign four-year agreement to meet growing humanitarian needs UN Free Speech Expert to Visit Ethiopia Iraq: Abductions Linked to Baghdad Protests ICC: Changes Needed to Deliver Justice Targeting Environmental Activists With Counterterrorism Measures is an Abuse of the Law 100 States Support Norway’s Initiative to Protect Schools Iraq: As death toll rises in protests, ICRC deplores loss of life and violence Friday’s Daily Brief: violence in DR Congo, protester deaths in Iraq, human rights in Colombia, climate change conference, ‘high human cost’ of Ecuador unrest UN rights chief calls for dialogue to prevent conflict, ease social unrest in Ecuador Malta: International organisations condemn the further degradation of press freedom in Malta and the continued intimidation of journalists Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps wins prestigious Times Higher Education Award Was Belarusian journalist held on drug charge framed? Mandate for ICRC's President extended for third term Guinea’s Supreme Court reopens Conakry radio station Iraqi authorities clamp down on TV channels covering protests Hungary : RSF decries anti-Semitic attacks against two Hungarian website reporters Cameroon: Hope in the face of despair - The struggle of a displaced widower and his determination to be reunited with his two young daughters Targeted: Counterterrorism Measures Take Aim at Environmental Activists Outcomes of the 40th General Conference Empower Every Person to Embrace Every Possibility Greening TVET through strategic partnerships UNESCO Takes the Lead in Developing a New Global Standard-setting Instrument on Open Science Slovenia to host International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO Russia: Conviction in Politically Motivated Case Moscow Theater Targeted by Law Enforcement Authorities Cameroonian court refuses to free journalist needing treatment UNESCO launches study on Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development at IGF 2019 From refugee to entrepreneur: How a UNESCO scholarship helped a Syrian in Jordan Kosovo: Workshop on IHL and Islamic Law in Pristina 128 detainees repatriated back to Yemen from Saudi Arabia International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations during Armed Conflicts Charges of “Maoism” and “Naxalism” used to harass Indian journalists UNESCO launches report on Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development at IGF 2019 Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign Reflections on 70 Years of the Geneva Conventions and the Challenges Ahead Jordan: New Arrests of Activists South Sudan: Free Arbitrarily Detained Journalist Indonesia: Free Peaceful Papua Activists Consensus Starting Points Afghan Activists Exposing Child Abuse Detained Statement on Stockpile Destruction, Mine Ban Treaty Fourth Review Conference New York Governor Cuomo Should Sign Chlorpyrifos Ban Inspired to go beyond competitions Call for hosts of the 10th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in 2022 New UNESCO Global Geoparks Network to support Africa’s rich geological heritage “Taking Control?” Report by RSF on internet censorship in Russia Armenia Should Invest More in Families, Not Institutions UN commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Mexico: Amnesty International issues warning about lack of progress on human rights after one year of the new government Malta: Political resignations are not enough; RSF demands prosecution of the masterminds of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination North Kivu: ICRC cares for the wounded and calls for restraint Annual meeting of the intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bogota Ukraine’s Maidan Victims Still Await Justice South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights New York Governor Cuomo Should Ban Chlorpyrifos China: FIFA Broke Own Rules for Club World Cup Ethiopia: ICRC covers school expenses for 40 underage ex-combatants and children of ex-combatants Health Care in Danger: Collecting data on violence against health care is the first step in preventing it UN: States Denounce Egypt’s Rights Record Cameroonian court is “morally and legally obliged” to free journalist, RSF says Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Refugees’ Movements Restricted Syria: Civilians Abused in ‘Safe Zones’ The Legacy of Uganda’s Kasese Massacre Ghana: Faith Healers Defy Ban on Chaining Iran: Deliberate Coverup of Brutal Crackdown Egypt: UPR Submission November 2019 Egypt/North Sinai: UPR Submission March 2019 The Legacy of Uganda’s Kasese Massacre Greece: Put Rights at Heart of New Border Plan Bangladesh Turning Refugee Camps into Open-Air Prisons Seven more journalists, writers and bloggers arrested in Saudi Arabia Jamaica – RSF urges Prime Minister to repeal law that sanctions reporters for taking photos outside courtrooms Courage of terrorism survivors underlines ‘urgency’ of UN Investigative Team’s work in Iraq Chile: RSF calls for exemplary investigation into Chilean photographer’s murder UNESCO adopts the first United Nations international treaty on higher education Who do we want to hear more from for the Ocean Decade? Empowering people living with HIV ‘will end the epidemic’, says AIDS agency chief Chile: Police Reforms Needed in the Wake of Protests How can forensic science help solve and prevent the Missing? International Symposium aims at providing answers A world free of anti-personnel mines is in sight but obstacles remain Brazil: Facts and figures behind illegal cattle farms fuelling Amazon rainforest destruction Iranian ambassador threatens UK-based Iranian journalists and media Malta: International organisations concerned by appearance of political interference into the investigation of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia Nigerians Should Say No to Social Media Bill Greek police must be trained to respect journalists, RSF says Brazil: Halt illegal cattle farms fuelling Amazon rainforest destruction How can forensic science help solve of prevent the Missing? International Symposium aims at providing answers Holding Companies Accountable for US Detention Abuses Holding Companies Accountable for US Detention Abuses Global Clothing Brands Should Respond to the #MeToo Mandate Interview: A Toxic Mix of Abuses on Congo’s Oil Palm Plantations Joint Letter on UK War Crimes Cover-Up Allegations Israel Expels Human Rights Watch Director Today A Dirty Investment DR Congo: Development Banks Linked to Palm Oil Abuses Toward a Landmine-Free World UNESCO launches a handbook for the media on how to report on violence against women and girls Egypt: Independent News Website Targeted Nepal: 13 Years On, No Justice for Conflict Victims Violence against women a barrier to peaceful future for all Russian Official Invokes ‘Foreign Agent’ Law to Bar Homeless Shelter Raid and arrests at one of Egypt’s few independent news outlets New UNESCO Recommendation will promote access to educational resources for all US Should Cease Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico DR Congo: Development Banks Linked to Palm Oil Abuses Australia: Prevent Restraint in Aged Care Australia: Prevent Restraint in Aged Care A staggering one-in-three women, experience physical, sexual abuse Eighth Periodic Report On The Implementation Of International Humanitarian Law At The Level Of Arab States 2015 - 2018 China’s great misinformation wall crumbles on Xinjiang Rights Groups Warn Against DHS's Use of Social Media Monitoring of Immigrants Colombia: Authorities must impartially investigate the repression of protests Hong Kong: five months of violence against the press Nicaragua: Cruel Response to Hunger Strikes No Justice a Decade After Philippines Massacre ICRC Report on ‘IHL and the Challenges of Contemporary Armed Conflicts’ Independent rights experts sound alarm at Iran protest crackdown, internet blackout Iran: Environmentalists Sentenced Human Rights Watch Names Colin Mincy Chief People Officer Somaliland closes another TV channel, arrests editor UNESCO and OHCHR strengthen cooperation to advance human rights IMF: Delay Vote on Equatorial Guinea Loan RSF concerned by prominent dissident journalist’s arrest in Vietnam Militias threaten journalists covering protests in Iraq Following the Epoch Times arson attack, RSF urges the Hong Kong government to address violence against the press Ten years after massacre of 32 reporters, Philippine justice on trial Algeria: media increasingly under pressure as presidential election approaches Outcry as Japanese TV Show Mocks Transgender Woman Joint NGO Letter to IMF Executive Board: Delay Vote on Equatorial Guinean Loan US: Judge Ruling Halts Federal Executions Tragic Loss of Somali Activist Science, ethics and responsibility, focus of the World Science Forum IMF: Delay Vote on Equatorial Guinea Loan Droughts in the Anthropocene – impacts and solutions FROM THE FIELD: Gaza men advocate for an end to early marriage A kiss between migrants wins the documentary photo contest, promoted by Canon and ICRC Chile: Deliberate policy to injure protesters points to responsibility of those in command Somalia: Killing of human rights activist underlines need for civilian protection Cameroon’s attorney-general asks court not to release journalist Rethinking multilateralism with young change makers Afghanistan: ICRC facilitates release of 10 Afghan National Security Forces detainees Niger: Release of civil society leader must signal end of attacks on human rights defenders Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights We called out Facebook and Google but still need them. That's exactly the problem. The West Wouldn’t Hold Myanmar Accountable for Ethnic Cleansing. Now a Small African Nation is Stepping in Are Russian Authorities Trolling on Domestic Violence? Voting for Human Rights: A Guide for 2020 Children Know Their Rights Vietnam: Longtime Critic Facing Trial USA: Exoneration of Scott Warren is a triumph for humanity Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, World Children’s Day, fossil fuel overuse President of France urges protection of youth online at UNESCO celebration of 30th anniversary of Convention on Rights of the Child Israeli settlements remain ‘flagrant violation’ of international law, UN envoy tells Security Council Young activists do the talking as UN marks World Children’s Day Ringing the Alarm on Killer Robots Ukraine Becomes 100th Country to Endorse Safe Schools Declaration Going on assignment in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Nigeria: Sowore, Bakare and Jalingo declared Prisoners of Conscience Australia urged to grant asylum to two Saudi journalists facing death threat UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) Youth voices and the future of Artificial Intelligence at UNESCO’s General Conference Amazon Takes Transparency Step China: RSF welcomes the awarding of Swedish PEN Prize to detained publisher Gui Minhai Ailing Cameroonian journalist must be freed before it is too late Iran disconnects Internet to crack down on protests in silence Independent Serbian TV channel subjected to smear campaigns, intimidation Spread the Progress on Children’s Rights to All Bolivia: Interim Government Adopts Abusive Measures Human Rights Watch Briefing Note for the Eighteenth Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties Written Testimony: “Examining the Human Rights and Legal Implications of DHS’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy” France Slammed Over Treatment of Migrant Children Young Climate Activists’ UN Complaint Against France Cyclone Kenneth: Looking Back Mozambique: Preparing for planting season in Macomia The ICRC recommends humane treatment for all detainees, not just specific groups Chile: Amnesty International requests meeting with President Piñera, will announce results of investigation in press conference 120 ministers gathered at UNESCO call for stronger cultural policies for more sustainable societies 120 ministros reunidos en la UNESCO llaman a reforzar las políticas culturales para lograr sociedades más sostenibles Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day US pardons for accused war criminals, contrary to international law: UN rights office Problematic Bills on Lebanon Parliament’s Agenda Iran: Security Forces Violently Crack Down on Protesters Mexico commits to improve protection of journalists during UNESCO seminar Instituto do Património Cultural (Cabo Verde) awarded UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri cultural landscapes prize UNESCO launches three reports on journalists’ safety, access to information, and election coverage Iran protests: Live ammunition reportedly used, says UN human rights office Tanzanian reporter must be freed and given medical care, RSF says Instituto do Património Cultural (Cabo Verde) awarded UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri cultural landscapes prize UAE: Groups Press to Aid Prisoners With HIV Rwanda: 30 judges and court registrars complete advanced IHL training Southern Indian state cracks down on “false” reports CAR: Peacekeeping Mandate Renewed as Attacks Continue Egypt: Families Of Dissidents Targeted Don’t Shield Suspected UK War Criminals from Justice Myanmar: More Jail Time for Satirical Troupe Russia: “Foreign Agents” Bill Threatens Journalists Rules for a New Surveillance Reality US to Refugees: Poor Asylum Seekers Need Not apply Calling Out Kazakhstan on Domestic Violence Letter to Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown RE: ILLICIT CASH Act America Should Not Lag Behind on Protecting Children A Commitment to Civilians New Effort to Curb Explosive Weapons Kenya and Portugal announce their support to the Decade Alliance Bolivia: Jeanine Añez must immediately repeal decree giving impunity to Armed Forces personnel Mozambique: Fears grow for election monitors secretly transferred to new prison Monday’s Daily Brief: Progress and pitfalls in child rights, millions of Afghans acutely food insecure, Middle East nuclear-free zone, social media and child detention Central European University Opens Vienna Campus After Hungary Ousting Anti-terror measures against youngsters’ online posts ‘linked to spike in child detention globally’ US: Approve Bill to Curb Money Laundering Palestinian reporter loses eye when Israeli police fire on protesters Australian science writer and journalist Karl Kruszelnicki to receive UNESCO Kalinga Prize Ashoka Trust (India) to receive 2019 UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation Incendiary Weapons Draw Widespread Condemnation Sudan: Providing water for vulnerable communities in Darfur Ethiopia: “Playing wheelchair basketball becomes an orbit of my happiness” Displacement in armed conflict debated at a panel discussion in Amman Local action for global goals: Measuring progress on access to information in Pakistan The Young Activists Fighting Lead Pollution in Zambia “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” - RSF’s new ad UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty The Regional Maritime Security Operations Workshop: Enforcement challenges and humanitarian issues in maritime setting Uganda: Stop Police Harassment of LGBT People Sudan: Justice Needed for Protester Killings Journeying in the world of games with media and information literacy UAE-UNESCO Global Tolerance Leadership Programme to foster tolerance and inclusion Anti-Doping Convention: Mauritania to become the 189th State Party Repression, use of force risk worsening Bolivia crisis: UN human rights chief Laos: Democracy Activists Arrested Guinea: two reporters injured while covering Conakry protest Laos: Democracy Activists Arrested Russia: Criminal Charges for Gay-Friendly Chat Show Brazil’s Amazon —and Its Defenders—Are Under Attack From Illegal Loggers “There Is a Price to Pay” Lebanon: Defamation Laws Used to Silence Critics Smarter Responses Needed for Online Abuse in South Korea ICC green-lights probe into violent crimes against Rohingya ICC gives green light for probe into violent crimes against Rohingya UNESCO adopts new Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy for 2020 to 2025 with support from Member States ‘Diversity is a form of wealth, not a factor of division,’ UNESCO chief says ahead of International Day for Tolerance Rules for the ages? London debate sets out challenges facing IHL Sweden arrests Iranian suspected of role in 1988 massacre Assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: International organisations cautiously welcome improved terms of the public inquiry ICC gives greenlight for probe into violent crimes against Rohingya Protests Erupt in Georgia over Failed Electoral Reforms Yellow Vests : one year on, RSF proposals for ensuring journalists’ safety at protests in France Jihadis threaten to kill journalists in Idlib province As online harassment trial opens in France, RSF proposes tougher legislation Threat to DRC journalists who cover measures to combat Ebola UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of journalist Buenaventura Calderón in Honduras Director-General condemns murder of journalist Dindo Generoso in the Philippine What you need to know about the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants UNESCO closely follows tides and flooding in Venice World Heritage site Environmental Lawyer and Professor Donald A. Brown (USA) receives 2019 UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science New hate campaign against Indian columnist Rana Ayyub African Union: ICRC Seminar on the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas Nigeria: Despite Court Order, Activist Still Held Oklahoma prisoner release highlights the failed 'drug war' Statement by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Algeria: Escalating Repression of Protesters Peacekeeping Operations: ICRC Statement to the United Nations, 2019 Norway steps up its support for UNESCO’s comprehensive sexuality education programmes in Africa Reporting on Violence against Women and Girls: UNESCO launches new publication Thursday’s Daily Brief:  Envoy heads for Bolivia, ICC on Myanmar, dignity for sanitation workers, sterilizing mosquitoes Unprecedented UN Critique of China’s Xinjiang Policies Human rights experts call for ‘paradigm shift’ on arbitrary detention in Qatar Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice #KeepTruthAlive: New UNESCO campaign to commemorate International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists RSF condemns cancellation of Vanuatu newspaper editor’s work permit UNESCO and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation join forces to promote arts education in support of disadvantaged children Sierra Leone editor charged with defamation for unpublished story Algeria: Escalating Repression of Protesters Iraq: Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters Vietnam: Activist Facing Prison Term for Facebook Posts Nepal: New NGO Law Should Protect Rights Italy Shares Responsibility for Libya Abuses against Migrants Statement to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International Submissions to the European Court of Human Rights US Proposal to Collect DNA from Detained Immigrants Violates Privacy Rights Children Working in Terrifying Conditions in US Agriculture Tunisia: New Parliament’s Rights Priorities Papua New Guinea: Detainees Denied Lawyers, Family Access Iraqis paying an ‘unthinkable price’ to be heard, UN envoy tells politicians in Baghdad