Repatriation Plan Puts Rohingya at Risk: Daily Brief

Plus: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists; Lebanon's criminal defamation laws; protests in Sri Lanka; South Sudan's deathly war; how the US State Department downplays reporting on women; and Brazil court strikes down restrictions on university speech.

The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments should immediately suspend the proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees set for mid-November. The expedited plan would return refugees to dire conditions in Myanmar, where their lives and liberty are at risk.

Today marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Over the last decade, at least 324 journalists have been killed for doing their job.

One of the most recent cases was the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Here are some questions the Saudis still need to respond...

Today, more than ever, we call on Lebanon to reform its criminal defamation laws, which criminalize criticism on the Government and undermine freedom of expression.

Human rights activists in Sri Lanka are anxious after President Sirisena abruptly dismissed the prime minister and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa – the former president linked to widespread abuses...

And a new study calculates South Sudan's war death toll to be far higher than earlier estimates... 

A new study points to significant cuts in the US government's annual reporting on women's rights.

Brazil's Supreme Court issued an important decision striking down restrictions on political speech on university campuses in a unanimous ruling. Meanwhile, Brazil's president-elect Bolsonaro presses to ban the word "gender" in classrooms and to forbid teachers from promoting their opinions.