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"The Order Was To Kill Anything We Found": Daily Brief

Broken promises on child soldiers in South Sudan; US immigration policy; the war in Syria is not over; #100years in UK; environmental activist jailed for 14 years in Vietnam; where is Kenyan opposition lawyer?; activist sent down in Morocco; freed in Uzbekistan; & sexual assault during the Hajj...


  1. Hong Kong's highest court has overturned the prison sentences for Joshua Wong and two other student leaders whose 2014 protest triggered the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. It's a welcomed move, but guidelines in the ruling suggest a continued crackdown on critical speech and may not mean such good news for future protesters.
  2. Nearly 25 million non-citizens, authorized and unauthorized, live in the US. Many of them have deep roots in the country. We've created a Twitter bot that tweets out the profile of a US immigrant every hour based on information given to the US Census Bureau. Follow @ImmigrantsAreUS on Twitter.
  3. A new window of opportunity has opened for Latin America to lead the way on LGBT rights in 2018...
  4. From earlier today: South Sudanese armed forces and armed opposition groups continue to recruit child soldiers and force them into the conflict, despite numerous commitments to stop. Haunting testimony from former child soldiers confirms how some of them were forced to fight, "ordered to kill anything they found", and even took part in gang rapes and the murder of infant children.
  5. To highlight how US immigration policy is increasingly based on scapegoating, not reality, HRW has released an automated Twitter bot, @ImmigrantsAreUS, which is tweeting out profiles of some of the nearly 25 million non-citizens living in the US, both authorized and unauthorized, based on their responses to US Census Bureau surveys.
  6. Violence in Syria is increasing and people are still risking - and often losing - their lives daily to escape, but incredibly there is talk in some quarters that it's time for refugees to return home.
  7. Today marks the 100th anniversary since British women (at least those over 30 who were property owners) were finally granted the right to vote. Campaigners say that women who were jailed while fighting for the right to vote should now be pardoned, while others talk of the gender inequality that still exists in the UK today.