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President Trump is slashing the number of refugees to be resettled in the US. The fact that the US will cap the annual number of refugees admitted here at 30,000 – by far the lowest ceiling in four decades – demonstrates an utter lack of compassion for the victims of armed violence and persecution. Even in 2016, when the US admitted 85,000 refugees, resettlement was a path only open to a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees. But it provided hope to countless more refugees and made their lives of waiting more bearable. President Donald Trump’s decision to lower the numbers is yet another abdication of US leadership, at a time when there are more people displaced around the world than at any time since the Second World War.

Take Action: Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban due to the bravery of women who are now behind bars because of their activism. And car companies that cheered Saudi’s move to end its ban on women driving are now silent in the face of these arrests. Join HRW and call on car companies to get behind the wheel and stand up for these courageous women. Follow the link in our bio to see how you can help. Make your voice heard today! #StandWithSaudiFeminists

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About 1M Turkic Muslims are reported to be held in “political reeducation camps” in China’s Xinjiang province.⁣ ⁣
720K+ Rohingya fled to Bangladesh following Myanmar security forces’ campaign of ethnic cleansing in August 2017. ⁣ ⁣
At least 13 women have been detained in Saudi Arabia during the government’s recent crackdown on women’s rights activists.⁣ ⁣
Under 20K refugees have been resettled in the US so far in this fiscal year – less than half of the government’s annual ceiling.⁣ ⁣
1K+ people were detained across Russia during nationwide demonstrations on September 9.

Despite South Carolina issuing an evacuation order for all coastal counties ahead of category-3 hurricane Florence, the state corrections department decided Monday that it would not transfer 934 prisoners and as many as 119 staff in one prison. Past history suggests this might prove disastrous. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Human Rights Watch documented the nightmare nearly 600 prisoners endured in the Orleans Parish Prison compound. They told us officers chose to save themselves, while many prisoners were not evacuated for four days. Letters from prisoners detail how they were “left to die” with no food, water (except from toilets), lights or medical attention, amid chest-high contaminated water and broken gas lines. Conditions in many US prisons are already incredibly poor. Overcrowded facilities, unsafe and unsanitary environments, substandard nutrition and substandard medical care already pose a grave risk to prisoner health and safety. A hurricane will only exacerbate those risks. Authorities should know that they will be held accountable if they gamble with the safety of prisoners only to repeat the mistakes and abuses of the past. (📷: 2018 NASA; 2005 Reuters).

#China is abusing rights in #Xinjiang on a massive scale:

13 million people subjected to forced political indoctrination & mass surveillance;

Est. 1 million people in "political education" camps;

1 million+ officials & police officers monitor people

Take Action: Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban due to the bravery of women who are now behind bars because of their activism. And car companies that cheered Saudi’s move to end its ban on women driving are now silent in the face of these arrests. Join HRW and call on car companies to get behind the wheel and stand up for these courageous women. Follow the link in our bio to see how you can help. Make your voice heard today! #StandWithSaudiFeminists

Take Action: Saudi Arabia lifted its driving ban due to the bravery of women who are now behind bars because of their activism. And car companies that cheered Saudi’s move to end its ban on women driving are now silent in the face of these arrests. Join HRW and call on car companies to get behind the wheel and stand up for these courageous women. Follow the link in our bio to see how you can help. Make your voice heard today! #StandWithSaudiFeminists

The Week in Numbers:⁣

At least 26 children were killed in Yemen when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a school bus.⁣ ⁣
2.3M+ Venezuelans have left their country since 2014, according to the UN.⁣ ⁣
At least 150 student activists have been arrested in Iran since January.⁣ ⁣
70+ countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relations.⁣ ⁣
About 360 parents separated from their children in the US were deported without them.

Hundreds of children remain detained in the United States and separated from their parents more than five weeks after a court-ordered deadline to reunify them, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a new video with Justice in Motion. About 360 of these still-separated parents were deported alone without the children with whom they traveled to the US.

Rape survivors in #Mauritania have nowhere to turn to get help from the government. With one forensic doctor for the whole country and no government-run women’s shelters, women and girls can find themselves lost and abandoned in the midst of a traumatic experience. Even worse, rape survivors can find themselves arrested and prosecuted for having sex outside marriage, a crime known as zina, if they report an attack and can’t prove they didn’t consent.
But the news is not all bad. While researching her report “They Told Me to Keep Quiet: Obstacles to Justice and Remedy for Sexual Assault Survivors in Mauritania,” Human Rights Watch researcher Candy Ofime not only met sexual violence survivors, but also a rich and vibrant network of people who were pouring their time, energy, and lives into helping women and girls.

Great news! India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the world’s second most populous country. The decision on September 6, 2018 strikes down language in Section 377 of India’s penal code, a relic of British colonial rule that punishes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with 10 years to life in prison. Striking down Section 377 is a momentous step that will resonate around the world in communities that are fighting for equality.

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