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Will Pope Mention Rohingya? Daily Brief

Plus: War is driving girls out of school; Extremists massacre hundreds in Egypt; Death of an activist in Crimea; European Court exit would leave Russians unprotected; Sudan under microscope at EU-Africa summit; Football World Cup & human rights; and 2017: a watershed year for women's rights.


  1. Net neutrality protects access to information. And it is under threat. We have until December 14 to save net neutrality. This is important. Tell the US Congress to protect the internet.
  2. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots warns of the perils of allowing machines to take a human life, be it on the battlefield or in a law enforcement situation, and is calling for a complete ban. But progress in key international meetings on the subject is dangerously slow.
  3. The Cambodian government's crackdown on free and independent media, opposition members, and activists has all but killed democracy in Cambodia. But now President Hun Sen is going further, targeting one of the country's leading human rights groups and ordering it shut.
  4. From earlier today: This week marks the first time a pope will visit Myanmar and the big question is: will he mention the ethnic cleansing campaign by the army in the country against the Rohingya Muslims in public and during conversations with leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and General Min Aung Hlaing?
  5. When girls leave school in countries such as Afghanistan, their futures can be irreparably harmed, increasing the risk of child marriage and harmful child labor. But here are solutions.
  6. The horrific attack by armed militants on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai region during Friday prayers is a grim reminder of the dangers facing Sinai residents. Human Rights Watch expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of the more than 300 people who were murdered and wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded.
  7. Russia is intensifying its persecution of the Tartar minority in occupied Crimea, “with the apparent goal of completely silencing dissent on the peninsula.” Latest victim: Vedzhie Kashka, an 83-year-old Crimean Tatar activist who collapsed during a Russian security operation and died hours later...
  8. Is Russia holding the rights of its people hostage to its quest for acceptance of its occupation of Ukraine? If Russia would leave the Council of Europe in response to Ukraine-related sanctions, as some fear, it would be a terrible blow for Russian citizens, says HRW's Russia director Tanya Lokshina in an interview with Dutch website 'Raam op Rusland'. Lokshina: "They would no longer be able to seek justice at the European Court of Human Rights, which has been the court of last resort for them for years and years."
  9. The AU-EU Summit in Ivory Coast (29-30 November) is an opportunity for the European Union to renew its commitment to put human rights at the heart of its work, including its migration response and contact with countries with very bad human rights records such as Sudan, writes HRW's senior researcher for this country Jehanne Henry in an op-ed for EUobserver.