World Athletics Should End Sex Testing: Daily Brief

Time to end abusive sex testing for women athletes; Egypt leader meets France's President Macron; misguided move against anti-discrimination group threatens rights in France; bill shielding North Korean regime should be scrapped; people with disabilities in Gaza suffer from Israeli power cuts; and very good news: Magnitsky Act comes into force in Europe.

Women track and field athletes, largely from the Global South, are abused and harmed by “sex testing” regulations. The regulations target women in running events between 400 meters and one mile, and compel women to undergo medical interventions or be forced out of competition.

France's President Emmanuel Macron is facing a test today when he is meeting Egypt President dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. French diplomacy has, at the highest levels, long indulged al-Sisi’s brutal repression of any form of dissent. It is now or never for Macron to stand up for his self-declared commitment to promote human rights in Egypt.

The French government’s decision to shut down a leading anti-discrimination group threatens basic human rights and liberties including freedom of expression, association, and religion, and the principle of nondiscrimination.

The South Korean National Assembly should reject a proposed law that would criminalize sending leaflets, information, money, and other items to North Korea,

Israel’s 13-year closure of the Gaza Strip along with neglect by Hamas authorities, significantly encumbers the day-to-day life of tens of thousands of Palestinians with disabilities.

And there's very good news from Europe, as the European Union has finally adopted its own version of the Magnitsky Act.