War Crimes in Egypt: Daily Brief

Army, police & extremists commit war crimes in Egypt's North Sinai region;  how to keep armies out of schools; UN should focus on civilians with disabilities in times of war; pressure builds to protect women and girls in  Kyrgyzstan; good news for transgender rights; Taiwan's same-sex marriage law should encourage rights reform across Asia; and when will Australia finally do the right thing on refugees?

The army, police forces and 'Islamic State' affiliated extremists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula are committing horrific crimes against civilians, HRW says in a report released today. Some of these abuses amount to war crimes. Thousands of people - including civilians, militants, and members of the security forces - have been killed and wounded since fighting escalated in 2013.

Very welcome news on the opening day of the Third International Conference on Safe Schools in Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Guatemala and Gambia have decided to endorse the Safe School Declaration!

There's also positive news from the United Nations in New York, where the inclusion of the need to protect civilians with disabilities in wartime in the UN secretary-general’s new report for the first time in more than a decade should help spur action by UN agencies and member states. 

The failure of Kyrgyzstan’s government to prevent and punish violence against women and girls leaves them at risk of injury and even death, HRW said today, a year after a man murdered a young woman he had kidnapped for forced marriage.

Very good news from Geneva, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a major change to its global manual of diagnoses, that will greatly benefit transgender people around the world.

And there's more news to celebrate, as Taiwan's same-sex marriage law could be an inspiration for similar rights reform across Asia.

There's nothing to celebrate for the people who are stuck in horrible conditions on the islands of Manus and Nauru, as a result of Australia's cruel refugee policy.