Double Drama for Democracy in Turkey: Daily Brief

Turkey sees a significant opposition victory as a major trial begins; all-out human rights crisis in the Philippines; Australia needs to be heard; attack on journalists in the Central African Republic; torture in Uzbekistan; flying the flag for human rights; and details of the conditions children face in US border jails continue to shock the world... 

A re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul has given the opposition a big victory, a sharp rebuke to the the ruling party of increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who once said, "whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey." But the country is already facing its next drama in the defense of democracy: the trial begins today of 16 people accused of organizing and financing peaceful protests which began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013.

The Philippines’ descent into an all-out human rights crisis, with thousands of extrajudicial executions and a crackdown on basic liberties, has generated an outcry, but no strong action, from United Nations members states. 

There's been a disturbing attack on journalists in the Central African Republic...

Uzbekistan is reforming... Uzbekistan is not reforming... It's complicated.

We're flying the flag to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!