Pakistan is about to end child marriage; dramatic drop in rates of female genital mutilation among girls in Africa; cruel European migration policies leave refugees trapped in Libya; torture & rape before elections in DR Congo; worries about 2019 elections in Thailand; UN chief endorses killer robot ban; and will France stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia?
Good news from Pakistan, where a proposed bill to end child marriage has been sent to the Senate. Some 21 percent of Pakistani girls are married by the age of 18, and 3 percent before 15. But if the government supports the proposed amendments, it will take an important first step towards ending child marriage in the country.
Welcome news from the campaign to ban killer robots: UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke out in support of such a ban, during the Paris Peace Forum (November 11-13).