Upsurge of Abuses by Ethnic Militias in Mali: Daily Brief

Plus: Aquarius forced to stop rescue operations in the Mediterranean; participants of Yemen talks should prioritize human rights issues; parliamentarians in Europe urge their governments to support an EU-wide Magnitsky Act; Russian rights defender unfairly jailed over Facebook post; FIFA calls for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi; 50 journalists killed worldwide in 2018; and join us in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Ethnic militias have killed over 200 civilians and burned dozens of villages in communal violence in central Mali during 2018. Our new report documents a dangerous upsurge in abuses, most of them directed at ethnic Peuhl villagers for their alleged support of Islamist armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

The search and rescue ship Aquarius has been forced to stop its operations...

Participants to the Yemen peace talks in Sweden should prioritize key human rights issues, including the removal of impediments to the free flow of humanitarian aid and vital commercial goods, the fate of detainees, and ending attacks on civilians and civilian objects.

A group of 44 parliamentarians and lawmakers from 18 EU member states are urging their governments to support an EU-wide Magnitsky Act to tackle human rights abuses.

Russian court has unjustly jailed one of the founders of Russia’s human rights movement for a Facebook post about a peaceful protest.

FIFA has finally called for the release of footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who is being held in Thailand and faces possible extradition to Bahrain. 

This 2018 has been a tough year for journalists, with at least 50 professionals having been killed worldwide.

Join us next Monday, December 10, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.