Spotlight on China's Human Rights Abuses: Daily Brief

Why is China allowed to stay signed on to human rights treaties it blatantly violates?; good news from Pakistan & Russia; ISIS suspects at risk of torture & unfair trials in Iraq; vicious attack against anti-corruption activist in Equatorial Guinea; new attack on free speech in Zimbabwe; and Trump's planned executive order ending US birthright citizenship.

China’s long record of human rights abuses will be scrutinized at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva next week. China remains a one-party authoritarian state that systemically curbs fundamental rights.

There's good news from Pakistan, where the Supreme Court has acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was on death row because of a blasphemy conviction in 2010.

More positive news from Russia, where a court has dismissed a case brought against a 16-year-old boy alleging he had broken the country’s absurd and noxious “gay propaganda” law

The United States has transferred foreign nationals suspected of Islamic State ties from northern Syria to Iraq without apparent regard for the risk of torture and unfair trials in Iraq, HRW says in new research released today.

A prominent anti-corruption and human rights activist in Equatorial Guinea says that armed plainclothes security officers severely beat and stabbed him on October 27. The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, should issue an urgent appeal to the Equatorial government regarding the case.

An influential group from Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party is calling for proponents of targeted sanctions against top government officials to be “punished severely”, including by being given the death penalty. But if he's serious about reform, President Emmerson Mnangagwa should dismiss the proposed legislation. 

And news that United States President Donald Trump wants to prepare an executive order ending US birthright citizenship has been roundly criticized, not least by legal experts who say it would run afoul of the country's Constitution