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More Than 6,700 Rohingya Killed in One Month: Daily Brief

Plus: US net neutrality under threat; Reuters reporters held in Burma; sexual violence marred Kenya's 2017 elections; #PutinPresser; Pakistan shuts 10 foreign-funded aid groups; "virginity" tests in Afghanistan; reporting rape; pay-per-kill for Philippine police...


  1. The US Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal rules regulating internet service providers, preventing them from blocking sites or prioritizing faster access to websites that have paid extra. This affects both people's freedom of expression and freedom of information.
  2. At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Burma last August, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has said. The number is much higher than Burma's official figure of 400, and includes more than 700 children under the age of 5.
  3. Staying with Burma, two Reuters journalists who had been working on stories about the military crackdown have been arrested.
  4. Widespread sexual violence marred Kenya's 2017 elections, HRW said in a new report today. The impact on survivors has been "devastating", researchers say.
  5. President Putin is holding his annual press conference marathon, when he typically spends several hours taking questions from carefully-selected media outlets.
  6. Authorities in Pakistan have told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close. The country has toughened its stance towards non-governmental groups in recent years, accusing some of using their work as a cover for espionage.
  7. In Afghanistan, abusive "virginity tests" for survivors of sexual violence - including young girls - merely serve to retraumatize victims.
  8. Ever wondered why some women and girls find it so hard to report rape? This HRW staffer - who herself suffered a sexual assault at university - explains why.
  9. The Mayor of Cebu, a large city in the Philippines, is offering police officers P50,000 - almost US $1,000 - for every criminal killed while on duty.