Tragic, Preventable Deaths in Greece: Daily Brief

Plus: filming the Philippines' "War on Drugs"; Australia should bring Australian children home; UN rights body approves new investigation into Venezuelan government crimes; UN expert outlines "extremely disturbing" crimes by Zimbabwe's security forces; UN looking into Israel's treatment of African asylum seekers; one year since Saudi agents murdered Jamal Khashoggi; the murder of a gay man in Uzbekistan; and Trump's pro-torture pick as human rights diplomat.

A fire broke out yesterday in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, where over 12,500 people seeking asylum live in a space designed to host at a maximum 3,000. A woman and her baby have been killed in the fire. Residents protested that firefighters were too slow in responding, and in reply, the police fired tear gas at them. Moria has been a forgotten emergency for too long.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) recently made a surprising request for its preliminary examination into thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.” The court said it wanted to review footage from a movie set to be released to international audiences later this month.

The Australian government should bring home Australian children of parents who may have joined armed groups and who are living in deplorable conditions in camps in Syria, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Save the Children said today.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has taken a crucial step to ensure that Venezuelan victims have access to justice and that those responsible for serious abuses are held accountable for their crimes. 

A United Nations expert outlined a slew of “extremely disturbing” abuses by Zimbabwe’s security forces.

The UN is looking into Israel's treatment of asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan. 

The murder of a gay man in Uzbekistan, "has cast the spotlight on the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country and raised questions over government reforms aimed at attracting foreign investment, human rights." Despite living in a country where gay sex is criminalized, the victim had bravely come out on social media just days earlier.

In the US, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top diplomat on human rights. The problem is that the nominee, Marshall Billingslea, has advocated torture.