HRW Head Barred from Hong Kong: Daily Brief

Plus: HRW's World Report to be launched in New York tomorrow; domestic violence prevails in Kazakhstan; Brazil's silent gestures to women; the threats of explosive weapons causing wide-area effects in populated areas; and hoping to see an end to child marriages by the UN’s 2030 deadline.

On January 12, Hong Kong authorities denied Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, entry to Hong Kong, where he had planned to launch the organization’s World Report 2020. The report’s lead essay will highlight the Chinese government’s intensifying assault on the international human rights system.

This year's World Report will now be launched at a news conference at the United Nations in New York on January 14. 

In Kazakhstan, domestic violence should be criminalised. 

Proper investment in services and projects to protect women in Brazil is minimal and has dried up since January 2019, when president Jair Bolsonaro took office.

Two types of explosive weapons—antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions—have been prohibited due to their indiscriminate and devastating effect on civilians. The use of explosive weapons causing wide-area effects in populated areas requires urgent attention too.

Ending child marriage will only be a reality if it addresses gender inequality, according to a report published last June by the UN children’s agency UNICEF.