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Robert Mugabe Ignores Deadline: Daily Brief

Plus: Syria & Russia use horrific incendiary weapons; Terrifying development against dissent in China; Upcoming verdict for Ratko Mladic; Shocking detention of Australian kids; Human rights pushed to the fore at climate talks; HRW's Promise Award for Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.


  1. The International Criminal Court prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Afghanistan on November 20, 2017, could begin a long overdue path to justice for victims of grave international crimes.
  2. Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we honor those killed as a result of transphobia in the US in 2017.
  3. VII Photo is selling inspiring work from a range of photographers online. And they are donating half their proceeds to HRW. Support this important work and add some of it to your collection.
  4. From earlier today: Almost a week since the army seemed to take over power in Zimbabwe, 93-year-old Robert Mugabe is still president of the country. He failed to resign in a speech on Sunday, ignored a deadline to step down on Monday, and now faces impeachment by parliament. This weekend hundreds of thousands of people protested peacefully in the streets of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, hoping Mugabe would finally leave office...
  5. Countries should respond to reports of new use of incendiary weapons in Syria by working to strengthen the international law governing these exceptionally cruel weapons, HRW said in a new report released today. The 28-page report documents use of incendiary weapons by the coalition of Syrian government and Russian forces this year.
  6. The authorities in China are collecting and centralizing ever more information about hundreds of millions of ordinary people, identifying persons who deviate from what they determine to be ‘normal thought,’ and then surveilling them. A terrifying development, says Sophie Richardson, HRW's China director.
  7. This week is a big week for international justice. Ratko Mladic, accused of 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia & Herzegovina, will hear the verdict in his case on Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
  8. Guards verbally abusing boys and young men, including with racial slurs, and sometimes depriving them of food, water, and the use of toilets. Bored staff who dare children to eat bird excrement, rat feces, and cockroaches for rewards, and coercing youth to fight each other. This all happened in a youth detention centers in Australia, according to a new report. Most of the victims were Aboriginal children.