Deadly Shootings in New Zealand: Daily Brief

Plus: Will Qatar World Cup expansion meet FIFA rights standards?; Germany should press to prohibit killer robots; bleak times for women’s rights in the US; Europe's center-right political bloc faces a key decision; six activists unjustly headed to prison in Vietnam; relocating Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh’s Bhashan Char would risk lives; and a worldwide youth climate strike is happening today.

At least 49 people have been killed this Friday morning in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it a terrorist attack and “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

The international football governing body, FIFA, is planning to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to a second Gulf country to accommodate additional teams. Kuwait and Oman are the leading contenders, each hardly paragons of virtue from a human rights perspective...

Germany should cooperate with like-minded countries to open negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit 'killer robots', which would select and attack targets without human intervention.

Five different US states this week moved anti-abortion bills up the legislative food chain, in what seems to be yet another attack on women’s reproductive rights...

The European People's Party, the center-right political bloc in Europe, has started reacting to Orbán's attacks on democracy in Hungary. Some of its member are now asking Orbán's party, Fidesz, to be expelled from the political group. Here is our call to other key parties to join the call to #ExpelFidesz

Six Vietnamese activists and bloggers are facing long prison sentences for their peaceful opposition. They are being prosecuted for forming an association, expressing views on social media, and participating in public assemblies.

Bangladesh authorities say they will soon start relocating over 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. But this site 'will be like a prison'...

And today, youth all around the world are joining the climate strike and taking to the streets to call for climate action.