Despair At "Send Her Back" Chants in US: Daily Brief

Openly racist "send her back" chants at US Trump election rally; Muslim nations' silence on China's abuses against the Uighurs; Turkish court acquits three people of terrorism charges; Russia's dangerous gay propaganda law; why Pakistan looks like a "struggling dictatorship"; and remembering victims of flight #MH17... 

Goaded on by the US President, a crowd at a Trump election rally last night chanted “send her back! send her back!” in reference to Ilhan Omar, a US congresswoman who arrived almost 30 years ago as a child refugee in the United States. The scene has drawn reactions of shock and horror from across the political spectrum in the US and beyond. 

An estimated 1 million Uighurs and other minorities are held in China’s 're-education' camps. But Beijing’s power has silenced many of those who one might expect to criticise it. 

A Turkish court has acquitted two journalists and a human rights activist on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda. The three defendants were tried for their work with a Kurdish newspaper, which has since been shut.

A new judgement from the European Court of Human Rights is a cautionary reminder to the Russian government that its baseless and vitriolic gay propaganda law should be repealed.

Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan campaigned on the promise that he would create a "new Pakistan". But less than a year after coming to power, he's delivered a new Pakistan - one that looks like a struggling dictatorship.

And finally, this week marks five years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian missile. While justice has been slow, international arrest warrants have now been issued for four suspects, three of whom are Russian. They will be tried on murder charges before a Dutch court in March 2020.