In human rights news around the world today: US Senate confirmation hearings are underway to confirm President-Elect Donald Trump's picks for cabinet; two independent activists are arrested in Saudi Arabia; and Sri Lanka task force urges the government to set up a war crimes court.

Also today: Chinese activists to "collect data on corrupt officials"; Kazakhstan closes independent trade union; Hungary wants to sweep some civil society groups out of the country; Slovakia signs Safe Schools Declaration; & Burma's brutal repression...

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