How to Get Children Out of Cages: Daily Brief

The cost of being cruel to children is high; the nightmare in northwestern Syria is getting worse; can justice prevail in the midst of war?; ex-Israel PM cancels Switzerland trip over war crimes arrest threat; former hitmen implicate Gambia's ex-dictator Jammeh; famous band becomes Lebanon’s latest free speech victim; and a group of EU countries inches towards deal on sharing responsibility for migrants and refugees.

The evidence is consistent and damning: the United States government is hurting children, for instance by locking them up in cages. Dozens of children held in Arizona told government inspectors they endured sexual groping, along with racial and other derogatory slurs by border agents. Read this op-ed by HRW's Michael Bochenek on the need to set and enforce clear legal standards of care for children in US government custody.

A UN representative has warned that the ongoing nightmare for civilians in northwestern Syria is getting worse, after Russian airstrikes in the city of Maarat al-Numaan killed 39 civilians on Monday.

The Central African Republic’s Special Criminal Court is "a heroic endeavour ... that will test to the limits the belief of human rights defenders that justice matters as much for peace, as peace does to justice."

Ehud Olmert, a former Prime Minister of Israel, has cancelled a planned trip to Switzerland after being told that he could be arrested over war crimes charges, according to Israeli media.

It has been a dramatic week in Gambia, as former hitmen implicated ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh in a series of political killings.

The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the latest victim of Lebanon’s crackdown on free speech.