Catching up with The Rights Weekender: A brutal purge of gay men is sweeping Chechnya, and with little help from Russia, the international community should step in. Meanwhile, a woman trying to flee abuse in Saudi Arabia has been returned home, and now she faces threats from both Saudi authorities and her own family.

Plus, think positively spinning a ‘war on drugs’ that has left more than 7,000 dead would be difficult? Not for some Philippine officials. Incendiary weapons attacks in Syria are putting many civilians in harm’s way. And some Tunisian doctors take a stand against abusive ‘tests’ for homosexuality.