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A "Methodical Massacre" in Burma: Daily Brief

Plus: Scores die in Yemen airstrikes; shock at Israel security forces' killing of wheelchair protester; scant progress after UK's Grenfell Tower disaster; plea to #OpenTheIslands in Greece; world's worst journalist jailers; excessive force against Lebanon protesters; & Burma journalist arrests...


  1. The Burmese army carried out "systematic killings and rape" of several hundred Rohingya Muslims in Tula Toli village in Rakhine State in late August, HRW said in a new report today. The massacre was part of the military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing that has forced more than 645,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
  2. The UN's human rights chief has said he is “truly shocked” at the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel last Friday.
  3. Six months after a terrible blaze killed 71 residents of a social housing tower block in an affluent part of west London, there are still many questions about the UK authorities' response to the tragedy.
  4. With just hours to go before the official start of winter in Greece, refugees and asylum seekers still remain stuck in freezing conditions on the islands, unable to move to better accommodation on the mainland.
  5. The Committee to Protect Journalists has announced the world's top jailers of journalists this year, with Turkey taking top place.
  6. Lebanon's Internal Security Forces should investigate reports of unlawful use of force against protesters and journalists at a demonstration near the US embassy last week.
  7. And finally, two reporters arrested in Burma last week are book lovers who are "dedicated" to their craft, their colleagues say.