Girls Want Action, Not Empty Platitudes: Daily Brief

Plus: IMF should adopt policies to reduce inequality; children's data being published online in Argentina; human rights violators should not get seats on UN Rights Council; Nigeria to abolish SARS police unit; learn more about Belarus; and celebrating #IndigenousPeoplesDay.

This weekend was the International Day of the Girl and a reminder that girls don’t need more empty platitudes. They need their governments to recognize that Covid-19 has created an enormous crisis, and commit to building an equitable future for girls everywhere.

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank start today; a pivotal moment to stop promoting austerity around the world, and instead advocate policies that advance gender justice, reduce inequality, and decisively put people and planet first.

Argentina’s Justice and Human Rights Ministry regularly publishes online the personal data of children with open arrest warrants, putting their access to education, work, and housing at risk for the rest of their lives.

This week the UN General Assembly will hold elections for 15 seats on the Human Rights Council. UN member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments. Russia's numerous war crimes in Syria’s armed conflict makes it another highly problematic candidate.

Nigerian authorities have announced they will disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) after nationwide protests asking to abolish SARS and end police brutality. The protests began on October 8, sparked by a video allegedly showing a SARS officer shooting a young man, and have continued to gain momentum, reaching other cities across the world. 

Where do things stand two months into the Belarus crackdown? Tune into USC Global Policy Institute's speaker series this Wednesday to hear from human rights experts, including HRW's Steve Swerdlow and Tanya Lokshina. 

And finally today, on Indigenous Peoples' Day, we celebrate the communities fighting to protect the environment, their land, and their rights.