— Human Rights Watch says social media platforms “are taking down online content they consider terrorist, violently extremist, or hateful in a way that prevents its potential use to investigate serious crimes, including war crimes.” In a 42-page report, HRW “urges all stakeholders, including social media platforms, to come together to develop an independent mechanism to preserve potential evidence of serious crimes. They should ensure that the content is available to support national and international investigations, as well as research by nongovernmental organizations, journalists, and academics.”
— BBC News reports Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege “has been placed under the guard of United Nations security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo after death threats against him.” Mukwege “said he received death threats after commenting on a massacre.” Mukwege tweeted, “We welcome the redeployment of elements from #MONUSCO to #Panzi this morning to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Thank you to the #UN for ensuring our protection.”
— The Sakharov Prize Community has suspended Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the group of former winners of the prize in response “to her failure to act and her acceptance of the ongoing crimes against the Rohingya community in Myanmar.”
— Roger Kotila of Democratic World Federalists writes that “the kangaroo court or ‘show trial'” of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is underway in the UK, and Assange may be extradited to the US “for prolonged imprisonment.” Kotila asks, “Will journalist Assange be given indefinite solitary confinement for reporting on American war crimes?”
— The World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy is seeking an Executive Director. Candidates should have “at least five years of senior management experience in an international non-profit organisation that does human rights and/or international justice work.” Applications are sought by Sunday, September 20.
Quote of the Week:
“A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient measure of social justice to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity to most of the children born into the world, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.”
— H.G. Wells, 1920