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Millions Suffer Due to Lack of Pain Relief: Daily Brief

Plus: Positive steps in Senegal, Armenia, & Mexico; Tajik oppositionist risks extradition; Pakistan's missed opportunity on child marriage; UNSC to discuss attacks on schools; Public water returns in Jakarta; Philippine's police anti-drug operations suspended; Excessive force used in Catalonia.

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  1. Poor people around the world live and die with little or no pain relief or palliative care, a report published today in the medical journal, The Lancet, said, calling the fact a “medical, public health, and moral failing and a travesty of justice.” People’s health progress is measured in extra years of life or productivity, with insufficient weight given to dignity, and, as the report says, the global health community has “the responsibility and the opportunity”to alleviate people’s end-of-life suffering.
  2. Some countries around the world, like Mexico, Senegal, and Armenia, have taken steps to improve health care at the end of life. Other countries should follow their example.
  3. A Tajik opposition activist could be extradited from Greece to Tajikistan, where he faces possible torture or ill-treatment. Mirzorakhim Kuzov, a senior leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, was detained on October 9 by Greek police at Athens airport as he was in transit after attending a human rights conference in Warsaw.
  4. Pakistan’s Senate chose to mark International Day of the Girl on Tuesday in an unusual way: by rejecting a bill that would have raised the minimum age for girls to marry from 16 to 18.
  5. On Friday, the UN Security Council will discuss attacks on education. It's time member states took a stand and protected millions of children worldwide from the dangers of attacks on and military use of schools.
  6. In a landmark ruling, Indonesia’s Supreme Court this week ordered the government to restore public water services to residents in Jakarta after finding private companies “failed to protect” their right to water.
  7. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is finally feeling the heat. On Thursday, he buckled to growing public dismay over his murderous “war on drugs” and ordered a suspension of the Philippine National Police’s anti-drug operations. But it's not enough without accountability for the thousands killed already.
  8. HRW has documented instances where the Spanish police over-reacted and used excessive force when confronting peaceful protesters during the disputed referendum in Catalonia.
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