Stay of Execution for Only Woman on Federal Death Row in US: Daily Brief

Only woman on federal death row in US granted last minute stay of execution; leading Israeli rights group calls Israel an “apartheid regime”; next UN chief needs to fully commit to human rights; EU ought to urge India to stop rights violations; facing criminal charges for peaceful protests in Myanmar; growing repression of opposition politicians in Uganda ahead of elections; urgent assistance needed for Ethiopian refugees in Sudan; social media platforms continue efforts to target misinformation; and Human Rights Watch to launch World Report 2021.

A federal judge in Indiana has granted a last minute stay of execution to Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the US. The decision was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. Montgomery, who suffers from severe mental illness and has been subjected to relentless physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as a child, was to be executed today.

A leading Israeli rights group  has accused Israel of being an “apartheid regime” that enforces Jewish supremacy over the territory it controls in a new, ground-breaking report.

With United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres’ term ending this year, member states should ensure that the next UN chief fully commits to human rights.

The EU should take a strong stand and press India to immediately end systemic human rights violations, seven organizations said ahead of the European Union-India human rights dialogue scheduled for today.

Dozens of student activists in Myanmar are facing criminal charges for their involvement in peaceful protest activities.

Ugandan presidential candidate and opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, had to abruptly end an interview with Kenyan radio station Hot 96 this morning as the military raided his Kampala home. The run up to the 14 January elections has been marred by growing repression of opposition politicians.

Doctors Without Borders have called for rapid assistance to address the needs of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian refugees in Sudan who have been fleeing the violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

In their latest efforts to target misinformation and the incitement of violence on their platforms Twitter and Facebook are cracking down on QAnon and “stop to steal” content. Now, Amazon is following suit. Too little, too late, some misinformation and civil rights experts say, while at the same time expressing concern about the extensive and arbitrary power wielded by the firms.

And lastly, Human Rights Watch launches our annual World Report tomorrow, January 13 – a review of human rights in 100+ countries worldwide.