China's "Men-Only" World of Work: Daily Brief

Gender discrimination still rife in China's civil service; crude persecution of "suspected" homosexuals in Tunisia; US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was no friend to human rights; Hungary brings criminal charges against top investigative reporter; jailed Reuters journalist pens children's book from Myanmar prison cell; another human rights lawyer is murdered in the Philippines; helping people with diabetes in Russia is now "foreign agent" activity; and US quietly floats idea of lifting Sudan's "terror state" label... 

The government of China's President Xi Jinping "won’t even protect women civil servants from outrageous discrimination", new HRW research has found. Nineteen percent of postings for China's recently released national civil service job list specify a preference or requirement for men.

Tunisian authorities are confiscating and searching the phones of men they suspect of being gay and pressuring them to take anal tests and to confess to homosexual activity. But Tunisian authorities have no business meddling in people’s private sexual practices.

US President Donald Trump has fired the country's Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions was no friend to human rights but President Trump’s decision to request Sessions’ resignation raises serious concerns about his commitment to the rule of law in the United States. 

Hungarian authorities are bringing criminal charges against a prominent investigative journalist who works for Hungary's biggest independent news website,, one of the few remaining media outlets critical of the government. 

Staying with press freedom, one of the two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar after investigating a massacre of Rohingya villagers has written a children's book on what it means to be a journalist - from his prison cell. 

Another human rights lawyer has been murdered in the Philippines. 

A non-profit group in Russia which helps people living with diabetes has been forced to shut down after being slapped with a crippling fine. 

And finally, despite Sudan's "long legacy" of abuses against its own people, the US State Department quietly told journalists this week that it would, under certain circumstances, lift its designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism.