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"The Darkness of Humans" - Mass Rape in Burma: Daily Brief

Plus: Zimbabwe on edge; Cambodia dissolves country's opposition party; good news for child tobacco pickers; South Korea tackles sexual harassment; march against Austria's far right; dangerous message on torture in the US; & Brazilians protest proposed abortion ban.


  1. Cambodia’s government-controlled Supreme Court on November 16, 2017, dissolved the main opposition party and imposed political bans of five years on 118 of its members. Democracy died in Cambodia today and it’s hard to see it reviving so long as Hun Sen, in power for 32 years, remains as prime minister.
  2. For the 10th time since 2011, Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria. This time, it blocked the continuation of an investigation into chemical weapons use. Russia's actions send a shameful message that it stands with the Syrian government over civilian victims of atrocities.
  3. Today, the Azerbaijani government has another chance to free a wrongfully imprisoned political activist and thereby halt a process that could potentially lead to its expulsion from Europe’s top human rights body, the Council of Europe.
  4. Pakistan faces serious security threats, but abducting people and making them vanish does not make the country any safer. The government should act on the demands of Senator Farahatullah Babar and the Supreme Court to end the longstanding injustice to hundreds, if not thousands of its citizens.
  5. From earlier today: Burmese security forces have committed widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State, a new HRW report has found. Devastating testimony reveals "barbaric acts of violence" as women and young girls were beaten and gang raped.
  6. The situation in Zimbabwe remains tense, where the military has seized control of the country and President Robert Mugabe is under apparent house arrest. So far there have been no reports of unrest.
  7. There's worrying news from Cambodia, where the country's Supreme Court just dissolved the country's main opposition party.