Human Rights Day 2019; Myanmar's atrocities detailed in dramatic Hague hearing; journalists remember the Balkans genocide, even if a Nobel literature laureate denies it; new EU sanctions model for human rights abusers; EU highlights Hungarian government's assault on rule of law; those at most risk in Cameroon's crisis; Lebanon's health system at breaking point; National Assembly failing victims in Kenya; Delhi's factory disaster; Uzbekistan reforms haven't stopped systematic torture; bogus charges against opposition leader in Cambodia; breaking news on Turkey's crackdown; and lighting the world blue on Human Rights Day. 

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Today is international Human Rights Day! Mark the occasion by taking a few minutes to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - or take our new quiz on Instagram...

As we mark the final Human Rights Day of this decade, we are ending the way we began – in the streets. In Hong Kong, Nicaragua, in Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, and Iran and elsewhere people have been on the march, facing bullets, beatings, and prison to demand an end to repressive and unaccountable government, to reject corrupt elites, and secure their rights.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) genocide hearings on Myanmar begin today...

And speaking of genocide and genocide denial...

And there's good news to mark the day: EU foreign ministers have agreed a new model of sanctions for human rights abusers worldwide, targeting individuals with asset freezes and travel bans.

The EU is also looking into the Hungarian government assault on rule of law today.

As the crisis in Cameroon's Anglophone regions shows no sign of slowing, people with disabilities are struggling to find safety and face heightened risks of attacks, displacement, and abandonment.

The Kenyan National Assembly has blocked justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations by failing to consider the findings of a 2013 report by the country’s Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). 

Lebanon’s medical practitioners and public officials are warning that hospitals may soon not be able to provide patients with life-saving surgery and urgent medical care because of a financial crisis. 

Uzbekistan's government has haltingly made some important reforms. But a new UN report shows that key pillars of the country’s abusive, authoritarian system are still in place. Torture is still “widespread" & "routine."

On Sunday morning in Delhi, a fire broke out in a factory that produced school bags, and more than 40 people, reportedly including several childrendied in the blaze that burned the factory down. Such factory disasters should be a thing of the past – and they could be if clothing and accessory brands took action...

Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop bogus charges against the political opposition leader Kem Sokha

As we were going to press, there's this last-minute breaking news from Turkey...

And finally, after a long day of rights-related news, famous landmarks around the world are being lit in blue this evening to mark international Human Rights Day.

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