Myanmar Court Keeps Reuters Journalists Imprisoned: Daily Brief

Plus: Human Rights Watch files suit over immigration FOIA request in the US; school attack in Syria was unlawful; Thailand should release Hakeem al-Araibi; Malaysia proposes a new law to further protect the monarchy; violence skyrocketing in Colombian municipality of Tumaco; unjustly jailed blogger faces new charges in Azerbaijan; and Guantánamo prison is still a threat to human rights.

A court in Myanmar has rejected the appeal by Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act. 

Human Rights Watch has filed suit against the United States Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their failure to respond adequately to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for detailed immigration enforcement data.

A November 24 attack by Syrian government forces near an elementary school killed six children, a teacher, and a student’s mother. It now appears to have been unlawful and indiscriminate.

Early this week, authorities in Thailand stopped the deportation of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi woman fleeing domestic abuse in Saudi Arabia. Thailand should now do the same for Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, held in Bangkok since November 27, 2018.

The Malaysian government’s proposed new law to protect the monarchy from “insults” is its latest backtracking on human rights promises. The proposed law would add to the laws already restricting free expression in Malaysia.

Killings, disappearances, forced displacement, and rape are pervasive in Tumaco, a municipality in southwestern Colombia. Here's the story of Anny Castillo, who is working to change this.

Azerbaijan authorities have pressed new charges against one of the country’s most popular anti-corruption bloggers, Mehman Huseynov. He has been serving a 2-year prison sentence after he was prosecuted for defaming an entire police station in Baku, because he publicized abuse he’d suffered there.

The military prison of Guantánamo opened 17 years ago. Amnesty denounces how it's still a threat on human rights in the United States.