Plus: More civilians killed in Yemen by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes; will peace come at the cost of democratic rights in Afghanistan?; sick children and people with disabilities at risk of being deported from the US; Syrian refugees returned by Lebanon detained; dozens of protesters arrested in Papua; and the Philippines join Convention on Cluster Munitions.
More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led military coalition on a detention centre in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports. These were not the first unlawful airstrikes by the coalition.
The 9th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions has kicked off in Geneva today, with the Philippines joining. Since the convention was adopted on May 30, 2008, no state party has violated the prohibition on using these indiscriminate weapons. With the glaring exception of Syria few outside the treaty have violated the ban.