Hong Kong’s Fight for Freedom: Daily Brief

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.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement refuses to be cowed. Following a tense weekend marked by some of the most violent clashes of the last three months of protests, students have now called for a boycott of classes as Chinese media warns “the end is coming”.

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.

After 10 months of negotiations, the United States and the Taliban have reached an agreement on troop withdrawal to end their conflict in Afghanistan. The fate of the country’s democratic system, notably guarantees on human and women’s rights, were not part of the deal.

The Trump administration has axed a program that allowed immigrants with serious health conditions to remain in the US to receive treatment. Thousands of sick children and people with disabilities are at risk of deportation.

At least three Syrians deported by Lebanon back to Syria in violation of its obligation not to return anyone to face persecution or torture have been detained upon their return.

Indonesian police have arrested dozens of people in easternmost Papua following protests in which buildings were set ablaze. The area has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. 

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.