President Trump praises his "favorite dictator", Egypt's al-Sisi; teacher arrested in Cameroon in latest crackdown on political space; UK Prime Minister accused of stirring up hatred over Brexit; don't be fooled by Venezuela's seeming change of heart; Rwanda should be pressed on opposition members' deaths and disappearances; two Dalit children lynched to death in India after defecating in public; & good news in Australia as abortion is decriminalized across entire country...
US President Donald Trump has drawn criticism after publicly praising Egypt's President al-Sisi, despite the fact that widespread protests have erupted in numerous Egyptian cities, with citizens speaking out against al-Sisi's corrupt and autocratic rule. More than 1,400 people have been arrested.
The Venezuelan government is trying hard to convince the UN Human Rights Council that it's committed to improving human rights. But this "astute political maneuvering" should not be a substitute for genuine accountability for Venezuelan victims.
Terrible reports are emerging from India that two Dalit children (formerly known as 'untouchables') have been beaten to death after they were seen defecating in the open. The children's family told reporters that they have no toilet at home.
And finally some good news to end on: abortion has been decriminalized across Australia after the last remaining state where it was illegal, New South Wales, voted to reform its laws. The bill overturns a 119-year-old law which had been criticized by opponents as archaic.