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Beacons of Hope on Human Rights Day: Daily Brief

Plus: Nobel Peace Prize winner warns against nuclear weapons; Israel's systematic human rights abuses; Anti-Semitic attacks in Sweden; Drones in service of human rights; Imprisoned foreign student threatened in Iran; Chronicler of ISIS terror goes public; and breaking Saudi cinema news.


  1. From New York to Sydney, Taipei to Toronto, 24 landmarks across the globe have shone blue on Sunday - Human Rights Day - in solidarity with the human rights movement and the values we work to defend.
  2. Human Rights Day coincided with the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, honoring the work of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). “We are facing a clear choice right now: The end of nuclear weapons or the end of us”, said Ican's executive director Beatrice Fihn.
  3. As French President Emmanuel Macron sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, French-Palestinian binational Salah Hamouri entered his 111th day in Israeli administrative detention – detention without charge or trial...
  4. A synagogue in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg, has been attacked by arsonists over the weekend. The police has made several arrests.
  5. Human Rights Watch released a report this month that included, for the first time in our history, photographic evidence collected with an autonomous robotic plane, commonly called a drone.
  6. Iranian authorities do not limit unfair trials and mistreatment in custody to their own citizens but impose them on foreign nationals as well,” says HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson, commenting on the detention of US doctoral student Xiyue Wang in Iran. “To further threaten Xiyue Wang with physical harm is outright cruelty.”