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Die-hard dictators; "State of lawlessness" in Philippines; Refugees trapped: HRW Daily Brief

Plus: Bahrain activist's trial resumes; freedom of expression in Somalia; offshoring refugees; and a call on China during the G20 meeting.
Storified by Human Rights Watch · Mon, Sep 05 2016 09:18:16
The torturer-in-chief is dead. Now, line up and throw flowers... (photo via @hikmatullau) https://t.co/km9CoduFME
Andrew Stroehlein . 3 September 2016 07:58
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Uzbekistan's authorities finally admitted late Friday what the rest of the world had known for a day or two: its long-time dictator, Islam Karimov, had died. They held his funeral the day after, Saturday, without allowing international media into the country to cover the event. What comes next for Uzbekistan, which has only ever know Karimov's extremely abusive rule, is unclear...
#AfterKarimov will Uzbek govt release thousands of unjustly imprisoned activists & religious believers? ...It should https://t.co/wixK4c0MdJ
Steve Swerdlow . 3 September 2016 22:26
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Today in Samarkand: #IslamKarimov taken to family home first, then last prayer in mosque, then to final destination. https://t.co/gVrbaHC58w
Navbahor Imamova . 3 September 2016 17:31
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In Zimbabwe, 92-year-old Robert Mugabe, who has led his country since 1980, joked that he had died and was resurrected. But his rule is no laughing matter: in the face of increasing demonstrations across the country, the Zimbabwe authorities have invoked a draconian law to ban all public protests in Harare.
Regime #Zimbabwe bans demonstrations in capital Harare https://t.co/4u1Ch52bAA via @dewamavhinga https://t.co/oUbwa9eIkb
Jan Kooy . 4 September 2016 08:25
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The Philippines' new president has declared a "state of lawlessness"...
As Duterte declares "state of lawlessness," he may as well be describing his reign so far. https://t.co/mAb8OwZVmH https://t.co/4mnNIGuuCy
Kenneth Roth . 4 September 2016 06:46
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#Philippines police kill a 4-yr old girl, call her "collateral damage" https://t.co/k9WFeJoYkm #Duterte #WarOnDrugs https://t.co/tzGxIonedA
Phelim Kine 林海 . 5 September 2016 05:01
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Bahrain should immediately stop the prosecution of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who faces up to 15 years in prison solely for charges that violate his right to free expression - including criticism of Bahrain’s participation in abusive Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. Bahrain authorities have rejected repeated requests to release him on bail. Rajab’s trial resumes today.
Nothing wrong with criticizing Bahrain's repressive gov't, but @NabeelRajab faces 15 years. https://t.co/PxuOEOk6Gc https://t.co/2SsR6Wxlh3
Kenneth Roth . 4 September 2016 17:35
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The refugee crisis - that is, a crisis of international political will to help millions of desperate people fleeing war and oppression - drags on...
Host at global #refugees summit in 2 weeks, Jordan traps & exposes 70k+ Syrians to epidemics https://t.co/S9cxqe1CaB https://t.co/Mv60WOF40E
Gerry Simpson . 5 September 2016 05:54
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Killings, arrests, intimidation and the closure of critical media outlets... A new UN report on freedom of expression in Somalia describes Somali journalists' struggle.
RT @UNSomalia: #UNSOM #HumanRights report: Threats / attacks vs. journalists impede the free flow of information in #Somalia https://t.co/c…
UN Human Rights . 4 September 2016 11:26
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Danish parliamentarians' very short visit to Nauru confirms that an offshore detention regime is no model for Europe.
#Australia: anti-model for refugee policy https://t.co/u0rZwiDbNt Dispatch @MichaelBochenek https://t.co/3qbrSmwxXe https://t.co/KwLpC6HKNV
Jan Kooy . 4 September 2016 12:58
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The Group of Twenty heads of government is meeting in China - where there has been a relentless crackdown on activist groups.
#China govt #G20 veneer masks rampant rights abuses via @hrw @SophieHRW https://t.co/E4iuhU7GV3 Speak out already https://t.co/9DmZCOvICe
Phelim Kine 林海 . 4 September 2016 10:08
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What will @POTUS #US *do* on #China #humanrights? This stmt an example of nthg more than the abstract, the obvious. https://t.co/Vl9OqDgTFX
4 September 2016 10:14
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