— Thirty-nine United Nations member nations have condemned China for widespread human rights violations in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang. In a statement on behalf of the group, German Ambassador to the UN Christoph Heusgen said, “In June 2020, 50 UN Special Procedures mandate holders issued an exceptional letter of concern, calling on the People’s Republic of China to respect human rights. We share their grave concerns. We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet.”
— In a joint statement, individuals and organizations including Amel, Baobab Experience, Migreurop, Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario, and Sea-Eye call on the European Union “to address current and future migration challenges.” The signers’ Joint Statement on Sea Rescue is “aimed at reinforcing the universal principle of non-refoulement, in the conviction that the protection of lives at sea shall endure in our societies both among the current priorities of European action and as long-standing transnational common values, that forced disappearances shall be visible and avoidable, and deaths avoidable and accountable.”
— On Thursday at 1300 UTC, the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy hosts the forum “Role of Lebanese Women Entrepreneurs in Rebuilding Lebanon” online. Speakers include Sohair A. Salam Saber of the Hague Institute for Global Justice and Jana Mourad of the Arab Institute for Women.
— According to Axios, there will be “12 national elections and three high-stakes referenda” worldwide in October. The “electoral onslaught began with votes on Sunday in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia, which rejected independence from France by a 53%-47% margin, and in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan.” Lithuania and Tajikistan “will both hold elections next weekend, followed by Bolivia, Guinea and New Zealand a week later.” Among the others: Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania also have presidential elections this month, while Georgia has parliamentary elections.
— German Social Democratic Party Bundestag member Lothar Binding urges supporters to join Democracy Without Borders: