Gender Discrimination in China: Daily Brief
Gender Discrimination in China; Senate should reject Pompeo & Haspel; More long-term residents deported from United States; Looming humanitarian crisis in Sinai; #EarthDay2018; Friends of Syria meet in Brussels; and very good refugee news from Germany.
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China’s government and private Chinese companies should end their widespread use of gender discriminatory job advertisements, Human Rights Watch said in a new report and video, launched today in Hong Kong. Chinese authorities rarely enforce legal prohibitions against gender discrimination in employment and in advertising. The Senate in the United States should reject Mike Pompeo’s nomination for Secretary of State. "Confirming individuals who seek to reverse U.S. commitments on human rights and the rule of law while normalizing discriminatory rhetoric cannot — and should not — become the new American way," says HRW's Washington director Sarah Margon in an op-ed published by USA Today. The Senate should also block Gina Haspel’s nomination for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since Donald Trump became president of the United States, immigrants who have lived longer in the US and established deep roots have increasingly become targets for deportation. The Egyptian government campaign against an affiliate of 'Islamic State' in North Sinai has left up to 420,000 people in four northeastern cities in urgent need of humanitarian aid since early February, says HRW today. The authorities should provide sufficient food for all residents and allow relief organizations such as the Egyptian Red Crescent to immediately provide aid. On Sunday, Earth Day 2018 was celebrated all over the world. The Friends of Syria Group meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday should address the war crimes and impunity that characterize the Syria conflict and meet urgent protection and humanitarian needs. “Atrocity crimes, impunity, and disrespect for refugees should never be allowed to become the ‘new normal,’ but this has been Syrians’ daily reality for seven years,” says HRW's Lotte Leicht. And there's welcome refugee news via the European Union Commissioner for Migration, who has announced that Germany would be accepting over 10,000 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa as part of the EU’s voluntary resettlement program.