Two Authorities, Zero Dissent in Palestine: Daily Brief

Plus: World should reject a Saudi whitewash in Khashoggi case; Trump's threat to transgender rights; US still jailing immigrant children; the long-running struggle of Filipino peasants for land; live discussion of albinism & discrimination later today; and we mourn the loss of David Mepham. 

The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza routinely arrest and torture peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The international community should reject Saudi Arabia’s attempted whitewash about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The US is sending CIA Director Gina Haspel to Turkey - hardly inspiring confidence given her own record for involvement in torture. This case demands a UN inquiry.

The Trump administration is urging key US federal agencies to stop protecting the rights of transgender people. Congress must act.

The Trump administration is also still jailing immigrant children

The killing of nine sugar workers Saturday evening – including three women and two teenage children – brought to the fore the long-running struggle of Filipino peasants for land

People with albinism worldwide face multiple forms of discrimination and violence, simply because of the lack of pigmentation in their skin. Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A with Ikponwosa Ero, the first UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism: 10:30 EDT / 16:30 CEST. 

With profound sadness we share the news that David Mepham OBE, UK director at Human Rights Watch, has died of cancer at the age of 50, after two years of illness. His wife, Charlotte, was at his side. It is a testament to David’s courage and dedication that he insisted on continuing to work as much as he was physically able between difficult treatments and his gradually diminishing health.