Lebanese Forces Demolish Syrian Refugee Shelters: Daily Brief

Plus: China separates Muslim children from families in Xinjiang; civilians and military to share power in Sudan; United Nations reports on Venezuela; DR Congo police use excessive force against protesters; new EU office in Turkmenistan; and #IAmToufah campaign reaches the streets in the Gambia.

The Lebanese Armed Forces demolished about 20 Syrian refugee shelters this week, saying they didn't comply with long-existing - but largely unenforced - housing codes. The crackdown applies illegitimate pressure on Syrian refugees to leave Lebanon. 

New research by the BBC shows China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families Xinjiang. According to data gathered by the BBC, more than 400 children have lost both parents to internment in one township alone.

In Sudan, protest leaders have agreed on a transition deal with the military until elections are held. This would establish a council with a rotating civilian and military presidency.

Today, the Human Rights Council is debating UN human rights chief's recent report on Venezuela, which documents how special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings and covered them up. The priority now should be the creation of a Commission of Inquiry to ensure those responsible are held to account. 

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired live ammunition, killing one person, in dispersing opposition protests on June 30. 

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top diplomat, will visit Turkmenistan's capital tomorrow to lay the groundwork to open an office of an EU delegation. During her visit, Mogherini should tell the government the new EU office will spare no efforts to press for real human rights changes in the country.

And activists in the Gambia are protesting against gender-based violence and abuse, taking the online #IAmToufah campaign to the streets. The campaign started after Toufah Jallow, 23-year-old former beauty queen, accused ex-president Yahya Jammeh of rape and sexual assault last week.