Countries Acting to Protect Schools in Wartime: Daily Brief

Good news: There are 87 countries committed to the Safe Schools Declaration; children in war deserve accurate ‘list of shame’; Trump administration takes aim at transgender healthcare; court in Kenya upholds archaic anti-homosexuality laws; Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year; evidence links Colombia army chief to extrajudicial killings; football final & sports washing in Azerbaijan.

Good news: There are now 87 countries who have joined the Safe Schools Declaration, to protect education in times of conflict. Human Rights Watch has published a new report on this topic in advance of the Third International Conference on Safe Schools, that begins on Tuesday in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will soon publish his annual “list of shame” of governments and armed groups that commit grave violations against children during armed conflict. HRW, along with 20 other nongovernmental organizations, signed an open letter to the secretary-general urging him to make his list credible and accurate.

The administration of US president Donald Trump has released a proposed rule that would roll back nondiscrimination protections for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act. The rule would have devastating effects on transgender people, who already face stark barriers in accessing care.

The High Court in Kenya has upheld laws criminalizing homosexual acts between consenting adults, a step backward in the progress that the country has made toward equality in recent years.

Seven soldiers of the Myanmar army who were jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine State have been granted early release, according to a Reuters news report.

The Europa League football final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening is the latest example of a regime “sports washing” its tarnished image and reputation.