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"Devastating" Impact of Deportations in US: Daily Brief

Plus: Burma may be "guilty of genocide against Rohingya"; disappearances in Pakistan & Bangladesh; winter crisis looms for migrants on Greek islands; more air strikes in Yemen; staged arrests for Russia bombing suspects; how Ethiopia spies on its critics; & leading scholar faces jail in Thailand...


  1. TIME Magazine has named "The Silence Breakers" 2017's Person of the Year. In the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, these women took to social media to post their own stories of harassment and assault, sparking the "#MeToo" hashtag that went viral and enabled thousands of women and girls to do the same. The women's rights movement is embattled worldwide, but it remains strong and vibrant.
  2. Great news! Austria is a big step closer to allowing same-sex marriage, after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is a powerful victory for Austria's LGBT community. Now the government should quickly adopt marriage equality and put this ruling into practice.
  3. Firsthand accounts of the brutality of the Burmese military's campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya reveal horrific acts of sexual violence amid the massacres. Rape survivors spoke with HRW researcher Skye Wheeler in Bangladesh, where more than 600,000 people have fled from Burma since August.
  4. Monday’s killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen could have been taken from his own playbook. During 33 years in office, Saleh was implicated in numerous human rights violations. But although it’s too late to prosecute Saleh, it’s not too late to hold others responsible for Yemen's suffering to account.
  5. Human Rights Watch has arranged for 23 landmarks across the globe to shine bright blue on December 10, 2017, to celebrate Human Rights Day. From New York to Sydney, Taipei to Toronto, the world will glow blue in solidarity with the global human rights movement and the principles and values that Human Rights Watch works to defend throughout the year
  6. From earlier today: A surge in immigration arrests of people living in the United States under the Trump administration is having a "devastating impact" on long-term immigrants with strong ties to the US.