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The Horror of Australia's Prisons: Daily Brief

Plus: UK should join Safe Schools Declaration; caught in Pakistan's blasphemy nightmare; Libyan forces accused of trafficking; BBC Indonesia reporter released; workers who flagged abuse in Thailand on defamation charge; executing child offenders in Iran; & "no words" to describe Syria violence.


  1. People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence and are often held in solitary confinement for up to 22 hours a day, HRW said in a new report today.
  2. A new campaign has been launched in the UK to get 400,000 students from 4,000 schools across the country to call on the UK government to join the Safe Schools Declaration.
  3. Junaid Hafeez, a university professor who's been held in solitary since his arrest five years ago on charges relating to Pakistan's abusive blasphemy law, is being subjected to a serious miscarriage of justice given his trial has just been delayed for the sixth time.
  4. A BBC correspondent who was arrested by authorities in Indonesia for a tweet which apparently "hurt the feelings" of government soldiers has been freed, but only after being questioned for 17 hours.
  5. 14 migrant workers who reported abusive labor conditions on a chicken farm in Thailand have been charged with criminal defamation. They had complained of being forced to work 20 hours a day with no day off, as well as other abuses.
  6. Iran executed at least three child offenders across the country in January 2018. Iran should immediately and unconditionally end the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by children under age 18.
  7. And a senior UN staffer has said the organisation is "running out of words, to be honest, to describe it,” with regards to the terrible uptick in violence in Syria.