China detains more than 50 human rights lawyers and staffers in extensive crackdown
- The coordinated government effort saw lawyers and firm staff members brought in for questioning by police and national security authorities.
- While most were released with warnings, others were sentenced to house arrest and still others remained out of contact in the largest roundup since 2011.
- Unlike other recent crackdowns, these detentions wwere a geographically extensive effort, covering as many as 15 provinces.
“The detentions come only two weeks after the end of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue and set an ugly tone for President Xi’s (Jinping) U.S. visit in September.”
Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.
Srebrenica genocide’s 20th anniversary brings together tens of thousands
- The event in the eastern Bosnian town memorialized the more 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys–including 136 recently identified–who were massacred by Bosnian Serb forces during the Bosnian War.
- The Srebrenica massacre’s U.N.-backed status as a genocide has been denied by some Bosnian Serb leaders, and recently Russia vetoed a U.N. measure to condemn genocide deniers.
- At the memorial, Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic was attacked by a crowd with rocks and water bottles, leading to his early departure.
Read the full story at Al Jazeera.
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Indian women and children showing progress in key health indicators
- The U.N.-supported Rapid Survey on Children showed significant positive developments in the rates of stuntedness in children, child marriage, breastfeeding, immunization, and hospital childbirths.
- The survey–the first of its kind in India in nearly a decade–still indicated that rates of adverse behaviors and conditions remain high, however.
- Since the initial report covering 2005-06, the government has introduced a number of public health measures, including introducing female community health advisers and free facilitation services, such as hospital transportation for pregnant women.
“Overall we are pleased about the data as it shows a positive trend. … Anything India does on development has a huge impact globally and I think everyone is optimistic about the progress made.”
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Report: Female youth in U.S. juvenile justice system likely to have faced abuse prior to detention
- According to a recently released report, some states see as many as 80% of the girls in their juvenile justice systems having been victims of sexual or other physical abuse.
- In particular, the report found girls arrested on prostitution charges were likely to have been victims of sex trafficking, leading to distrust of law enforcement and further victimization.
- African-American, Latina, and Native American girls were found to be disproportionately involved in the system, which has seen an increase in arrests even as crime rates have flattened.
“When law enforcement views girls as perpetrators, and when their cases are not dismissed or diverted but sent deeper into the justice system, the cost is twofold: Girls’ abusers are shielded from accountability, and the trauma that is the underlying cause of the behavior is not addressed.”
Read the full story at the New York Times.