World Cup Football & Equality for Women: Daily Brief

Goal at football World Cup for women in France is equality; mass protest against regime in Sudan; call for independent investigation into Hong Kong police violence; United Nations should act against Philippines killings; resuming death penalty is a major setback in Sri Lanka; and a must-read + video on the resilience and courage of people with albinism.

Football fans all over the world are focused on the World Cup Football for women in France this week, with semifinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the final on Sunday. But there's more than football. Will organizer FIFA step up and fight for another goal: equality and respect for human rights? Read this comment by Human Rights Watch' Minky Worden.

Pro-democracy protests are also ongoing in Hong Kong, as HRW has called for an independent investigation into excessive use of force by the police against peaceful demonstrators on on June 12.

The United Nations Human Rights Council should act to prevent even more killings of innocent people in the Philippines, says HRW's researcher Carlos Conde.

The authorities in Sri Lanka should halt plans to resume executions and restore its de facto 43-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

And we all share the responsibility to ensure every human being – with or without albinism – is treated with dignity and included in our communities. Read this comment by Shantha Rau Barriga, director of HRW's Disabilities Rights Division, and watch the video on what life is like for children with albinism in Mozambique.