The Mid-week Rounds

Protests in Saudi Arabia following the anti-Shiite suicide bombing, assisted suicide debates in the U.K., Myanmar’s anti-Rohingya protests, Russia’s community for parents and their gay children, immigration reform’s stumble in the U.S., Dubai’s motorcycle women, and 45 other stories in this week’s news rounds…

Race & Ethnicity

  • Petition garners 12,500+ signatures pressuring EU to acknowledge white South Africans‘ “right to return.” (News24)
  • New law authorizing Myanmar provincial authorities to mandate 3-year gap between births suspected by rights groups as attempt to inhibit Muslim population growth. (The Guardian)
  • As such, genocide researcher finds early signs forecasting possible future genocide in the Rohingya situation in Myanmar(PRI)
  • Dutch students in southern Amsterdam take to the streets asking for diversification in their increasingly segregated schools. (AFP, via Yahoo! News)
  • On Australia‘s National Day of Healing, a look at the history of the Australian government’s historical destruction of Aboriginal families and the steps taken towards reconciliation. (Euronews)
  • Amnesty releases report finding Hamas guilty of war crimes against Palestinians during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, including abduction, torture, and murder. (AFP, via La Presse, in French)
  • The U.S. Dept. of Justice and Cleveland mayor announce agreement to increase citizen input, change force policy, improve accountability, and reform training for the Cleveland Police Dept. (BuzzFeed)
  • Hawaii (U.S.) governor declares Mauna Kea telescope construction project has right to continue with future stewardship reforms advised, disheartening indigenous rights activists. (Canadian Press, via Global News)
  • Burmese protesters march in Yangon (Myanmar) against the Rohingya and Western media portrals of their plight. (Reuters)
  • A branch of the Armenian Apostolic Church sues the Turkish government to reclaim a major religious center seized during the WWI-era anti-Armenian pogroms. (EurasiaNet)

Migration & Displacement

  • Malaysian authorities find 139 graves in abandoned trafficking camps along its border with Thailand. (Reuters)
  • Where is Singapore in the Southeast Asia migration crisis? (Global Voices)
  • Indonesia expedites repatriation of Bangladeshi economic migrants while providing temporary shelter for Rohingya. (Jakarta Post)
  • Meanwhile, Bangladesh announces it will be relocating more than 32,000 Rohingya registered in two official refugee camps to an island for tourism reasons. (RFI, in French)
  • Some Nepalis working on World Cup construction projects in Qatar denied leave to return home for funerals and family visits, angering the Nepalese government. (Guardian)
  • Despite its Hispanic-rich population, Escondido, California (U.S.), sees a flurry of anti-immigrant legislation and sentiment within its city limits. (BuzzFeed)
  • U.S. federal appeals court denies request by Obama administration to lift injunction against executive order granting millions of undocumented immigrants work permits and protection from deportation. (NYT)
  • Poland, slow to accept refugees in the Mediterranean influx, agrees to provide asylum for 60 Syrian Christian families. (ABC News)
  • South African officials are concerned as numbers rise at camp for those displaced by recent xenophobic wave even as conflict diminishes.  (News24)
  • Singapore police division publishes guidebook for foreign workers on crime prevention and personal security. (Malay Mail)


Religion & Belief

  • Tens of thousands attend funeral of the 21 murdered in the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque, protesting sectarian violence in Saudi Arabia(Reuters)
  • The arrest of a Shiite religious leader in Cairo further frustrate Egypt‘s Shiite minority community, who report ongoing discrimination and persecution. (Middle East Eye)
  • Shiite paramilitary rebrand forces in Iraq following concerns the name of their operation against ISIS would incite sectarianism. (Reuters)

Sexual & Gender Identity

  • The Greenland Parliament passes same-sex marriage and adoption rights bill, bringing it in line with Denmark, of whose kingdom it is a part. (PinkNews)
  • Gay dating app Scruff to alert users when entering countries with anti-homosexuality laws on the books. (Gay Star News)
  • A community grows in Russia for parents and their gay children, providing a space for discussion and sharing in a country where such dialogue could land them in jail. (The Guardian)
  • Kazakhstan strikes down gay “propaganda” law ahead of bid for 2022 Winter Olympics. (EurasiaNet)
  • Manabi Bandopadhyay becomes India‘s first out transwoman serving in a college principalship. (The Indian Express)
  • U.S. study reporting the effectiveness of gay canvassers in persuading anti-same-sex marriage proponents appears to have been based on fabricated data(NYT)
  • Official Singapore media authority bans airing of pro-marriage equality song and music video on channels freely accessed by youth. (Global Voices)
  • PM Tony Abbott affirms general consensus that there will be no referendum on same-sex marriage in Australia because it is a legislative rather than constitutional matter in the country. (Guardian)
  • In Germany, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel rules out re-introducing same-sex marriage proposals in any forum in the country. (PinkNews)
  • Tunisian government recognizes anti-homophobia group, marking a significant step in the national LGBT-rights movement. (Tunisia Live)
  • Officials and advocates for sports inclusivity express optimism at openly gay American football player Michael Sam’s signing by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. (La Presse, in French)
  • Three Moroccan men sentenced to three years in jail for homosexual relations. (Gay Star News)
  • Report from Equality Network finds nearly half of U.K. bisexual people have experienced biphobia when attempting to access services in the U.K. (The Scotsman)

Health & Ability

  • Euthanasia debate in the U.K. grows as MPs take up assisted-suicide bills and those with chronic, terminal illnesses fight for the right to death on their own terms. (VICE)
  • With 160,000 HIV+ adolescents in Nigeria, public health advocates push for funding to meet UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 treatment goal. (Leadership)


  • French filmmaker profiles the niqab and the complexities of Salafist female identity in Tunisia(Le Monde, in French)
  • Remittances to Tajikistan plummet 40% as Russia’s economic downturn impacts migrant workers, sending men home to a country with poor economic prospects for them. (EurasiaNet)
  • As some call for expansion of laïcité laws in France, observant French Muslim women struggle with discrimination and exclusion from opportunity. (NYT)

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