Children At Risk in US Border Jails: Daily Brief

US congress should end abusive conditions in US border jails; fresh protests in Hong Kong; more on the suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi; riot police in Georgia use teargas and rubber bullets; Saudi's denials on Khashoggi murder; Kenyan police violently disperse peaceful protestors; FGM rates may be dropping in Africa; and Friday's #climatestrike... 

"Unconscionable abuses" against young children are taking place in Border Patrol detention facilities on the US-Mexico border, HRW has said. An HRW researcher found toddlers who have been separated from their parents being held in sparse facilities designed to be temporary, but actually being used to hold children for 3 or 4 weeks. It comes amid a horrifying political row over whether detained children should even be allowed to receive soap and toothbrushes

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have surrounded police headquarters, calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped.

The shock of a court verdict which saw the UK government suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over its apparent laws of war violations in Yemen will reverberate to Riyadh and beyond. And other EU countries that sell arms to Saudi – such as France – are now on notice too. 

As a standoff continues between protesters and law enforcement in Tbilisi, it's vital that police officers are told to adhere to the rules on use of force under international law.

Following an excoriating UN report saying Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh has responded in the only way it knows how. 

Police in Nairobi this week teargassed and violently dispersed hundreds of peaceful demonstrators protesting the violent crackdown in Sudan. It's sad to see Kenyan authorities, like their Sudanese counterparts, turn demonstrators into victims of the very abuses they hope to end.

Rates of female genital mutilation in east Africa appear to be dropping, new figures show, although experts are stressing caution. 

And it's Friday! Which means climate change protestors are once again taking to the streets.