Kids Will Go Hungry During UK School Holidays: Daily Brief

Plus: Death sentences in Bahrain; crackdown on opposition in Russia; Turkey coercing Syrian refugees; Japan should raise human rights concerns during visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh; UK parliamentarians call for an independent investigation into woman's death in UAE custody; US state of Massachusetts bans child marriage; and Nepal fails to provide justice for conflict-era crimes.

The summer holidays have begun in Britain, and for many children of low-income families this will be a time filled with anxiety. Food aid charities predict an upsurge in poorer families relying on food banks, now that the school kitchens they relied on to feed their children are closed. 

On July 27, Bahraini authorities carried out death sentences against Ali al-Arab, 25, and Ahmad al-Malali, 24, both Bahraini citizens. Bahraini allies should urge the country to declare a moratorium on the death penalty, and progressively restrict the practice. 

In Russia, authorities detained over 1000 people during a Moscow protest demanding  that opposition members be allowed to run in a local election.

Turkish authorities are detaining and coercing Syrians into signing forms saying they want to return to Syria and then forcibly returning them there. 

 Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kono, should raise critical human rights issues during his visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar this week. 

Parliamentarians from the UK are calling on the UAE authorities to open an independent investigation into the death of Alia Abdulnoor, who died in UAE's custody, to "establish whether she was treated in line with internationally agreed standards and, if appropriate, to initiate the prosecution of those responsible for any human rights violations that may have occurred".

Some good news from the US, where the Massachusetts State Senate has voted to ban child marriage in the state.

The Government of Nepal has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide justice for the victims of the country’s decade-long armed conflict.