Seeking Justice in South Sudan: Daily Brief

Today marks seven years of civil war in South Sudan; new reports on abuses by regime in China; cluster munitions used in attacks on Azerbaijan; migrants held in inhuman conditions in Saudi Arabia; 274 journalists imprisoned globally; justice needed for Venezuela's abuses; South Korea should promote human rights in North Korea; and rare good news on sports and human rights.

On this day seven years ago, South Sudan descended into a civil war that has devastated communities and has been marked by massacres, rapes and pillage. Human Rights Watch has published a new report, documenting serious abuses including extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and other inhumane treatment of detainees. 

The human rights crisis in China reaches new depths every day it seems.

Armenian or allied Nagorno-Karabakh forces repeatedly fired widely banned cluster munitions in attacks on populated areas in Azerbaijan during the six-week war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

A record number of journalists were imprisoned worldwide because of their work in 2020, as governments clamped down on news coverage of civil unrest and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The new report from the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s office, indicating that the office’s examination of possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela is moving forward, advances the search for justice by victims of atrocities under Nicolás Maduro’s government.

South Korea’s government should strengthen its efforts to promote human rights in North Korea, a coalition of rights-oriented groups said today in an open letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

And there's rare positive news regarding sports and human rights.