Rights groups deeply troubled about the lack of transparency and accountability over murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi; Afghan women's football team accuse senior officials of sexual assault; new law in Brazil could shield abusive police; US cuts aid to Cameroon over rights record; Iran plans mass release of prisoners; the women taking to the streets in Sudan protests; and Sri Lanka to reinstate the death penalty.
The Saudi government is contesting a prominent element of a CIA assessment that concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A confidential report prepared for the Saudi public prosecutor found that none of the WhatsApp messages exchanged between Prince Mohammed and top aide Saud al-Qahtani implicate him in having ordered the killing. The news comes as Foreign Policy named the Crown Prince as one of the year's "Top Global Thinkers" - a move that has been widely criticized.
Afghan authorities should fully investigate and appropriately prosecute sexual assault claims by 20 members of Afghanistan’s national women’s football team. Players have accused the president of the Afghan Football Federation, Keramuudin Karim, and other AFF officials of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination.
A bill unveiled by Jair Bolsonaro´s government in Brazil this week could be used to let police officers who kill people in unjustifiable circumstances evade punishment.
The US government has cut millions of dollars in security and military aid to Cameroon amid growing concerns over the government's human rights record, officials say. Last year the US Ambassador to Cameroon accused Cameroonian security forces of conducting "targeted killings, detentions...and burning and looting of villages".
A "large number" of prisoners are to be pardoned in Iran to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, media reports say. Some reports suggest up to 50,000 prisoners would either be released or have their sentences reduced.
And finally, Sri Lanka will begin hanging convicted drug dealers within the next three months, its president has announced, ending a 43-year moratorium on executions as part of a crackdown inspired by the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs.