U.K. News & Research | LGBT

Report: 80% of largest U.K. companies lack trans-inclusive non-discrimination policies
  • LGBT network OUTstanding found that despite general statements of commitment to diversity, most FTSE 100 companies lack explicit policies on the books to protect trans employees from employment discrimination.
  • The report also found that just under half of the U.K.’s top companies lack specifically inclusive non-discrimination policies for LGB employees.
  • However, OUTstanding also reported that LGBT issues were the second-most discussed diversity topic, following gender inequality.

“From my own experience, I know that there are many enlightened CEOs who value diversity. In fact, 62% of our members say LGBT issues have been publicly discussed by their CEO. It’s vital that more businesses – including all those in the FTSE 100 – consider their attitude to LGBT inclusion as an asset worth reporting.”

Read the full story at HITC.

South Africa News & Research | Children with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch: 500,000+ South African children with disabilities reportedly excluded from schooling
  • According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, parents of children with disabilities report facing exclusion from mainstream schooling and long waiting lists for admission to special schools.
  • Families with children who did manage to make it into schools reported facing neglect and higher student fees.
  • The government criticized the report as “sensational,” stating that it failed to acknowledge ongoing efforts towards inclusive education after becoming one of the first to ratify the 2007 U.N. Disability Rights Treaty.

“The job is not done until all children count just the same in the education system.”

Read the full story at the BBC.

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China News | Activists

Hong Kong Occupy leaders charged a year after pro-democracy protests
  • Alex Chow, who led the Hong Kong Federation of Students, reported he and Joshua Wong, leader of student group Scholarism, have been charged with illegal assembly following 2014’s demonstrations.
  • Wong faces the additional charge of inciting others to illegal assembly during the student-led protests that shut down major areas of Hong Kong.
  • More than 100,000 participated for more than two months in demonstrations against China’s decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 elections.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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Mali News | Fulani Muslims

Fulani Malians face vulnerability to radicalization as marginalization and Islamist conflict persist
  • Spread throughout West and Central Africa, the semi-nomadic ethnic Fulani are being targeted in Mali by Islamist groups like the Massina Liberation Front (MLF).
  • The MLF have carried out targeted assassinations of critics as violence has spread from Mali’s desert north to its more populous southern cities.
  • Observers worry that the spread of Islamist sympathy amongst the Fulani following reports of targeted violence by the military could regionalize the current conflict.

“We see Fulanis as very marginalized in Mali, even from their own leaders. … They are forming a rebellion.”

Read the full story at Reuters.

India News | Critics

Indian activist targeted by government investigations during pursuit of PM for negligence during 2002 massacres
  • Rights activist Teesta Setalvad has been seeking to hold PM Narendra Modi responsible for negligence and conspiracy during the 2002 riots that left more than 1,000 dead–many of them Muslim–in Gujarat, where Modi was chief minister.
  • Setalvad has been subject to numerous unannounced searches, bank freezes, mobility restrictions, interrogations, and lawsuits by government bodies and Modi’s allies.
  • Tensions have also led to government monitoring of and restrictions on international NGOs including the Ford Foundation, from whom Setalvad received funding for projects unrelated to her battle with Modi.

“What I’m not worried about is them finding anything incriminating against us. … I’m worried they’ll find things we have that incriminate them.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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Israel News | Incarcerated Palestinians

Israel looks to release Palestinian hunger-striker after months of charge-less detention
  • Israeli authorities have offered release to prisoner Mohammad Allan on the condition that he be exiled for four years.
  • Allan lost consciousness last week after having been on hunger strike for two months, but vowed to refuse basic nutrients after being revived.
  • One of a number undertaken in protest of Israel’s “administrative detention” of prisoners (overwhelmingly Palestinian) without charge, the hunger strike has continued even as the government recently passed a law allowing for the force-feeding of prisoners.

“I think that, under the circumstances, this is a realistic proposal that would be good if he accepts it.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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