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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The United Nations is warning about some major human rights setbacks. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Chances are you’ve heard about what’s going on in China, whose gov is holding between one and three million Uyghur Muslims in internment camps where they face forced labor, sexual assault, and torture. Not to mention the gov is cracking down on dissidents in Hong Kong. Or maybe you’ve heard about apparent war crimes and famine in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, or the military coup in Myanmar and the resulting suppression of protesters, or the Belarusian gov’s attempts to stifle its opposition. To name a few. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, the United Nations’ rights chief - Michelle Bachelet - warned that these human rights crises and more mark the most “wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetime.” You read that right. Bachelet went on to say that the world needs a “life-changing vision” and “concerted action” to fight back against these violations. 

 

THE DEETS. 

All this comes as the UN Human Rights Council’s 47th session kicks off. The session is set to last until July 13th - and a lot of very consequential things are expected to happen. Think: a report on systemic racism, draft resolutions on situations in Myanmar, Belarus, and Tigray, and demands to investigate Xinjiang. 

 

THE TAKE. 

TBD on whether the world listens to Bachelet and takes action. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: US coronavirus deaths just dipped below 300 a day for the first time since March 2020. Yes, really. Over in India, the country inoculated about 8 million people in a single day after it launched its new vaccine drive. A record, BTW. Speaking of which, a new CDC study says that younger Americans are less likely to get vaccinated than their elders. Because, income and education. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization just revealed that poorer nations are running out of coronavirus vaccines, even as 90 million vaccines have been delivered to 131 countries via Covax (as in the vaccine sharing initiative). Not good. And in other news, it looks like people who live in Japan will be able to attend the Tokyo Olympics. 

 

LATIN AMERICA: ICYMI, more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have ditched the country since 2015 (aka when it had a population of 30 million) due to economic, political, and social hardship. Not a typo. And the situation just seems to be worsening. See: it’s now the largest external displacement crisis in the region’s history - and a UN rep says Latin America “will never be the same.” In other news, Argentina and Mexico are recalling their ambassadors to Nicaragua due to all those political arrests. This comes after yet another potential presidential candidate was detained. Meanwhile, 15 people were just killed in gang violence in the Mexican city of Reynosa. Police later killed 4 suspects in the murders. 

 

SPORTS: The US Supreme Court just made a big decision. Reminder: the National Collegiate Athletic Association has long said that students can’t get more than books, a scholarship, and room and board. Problem, since a lot of people see that policy as extremely extremely extremely unfair. So recently, the Supremes weighed in...and unanimously ruled that the NCAA can’t block student athletes from receiving payments and benefits relating to education. The judges also indicated that they might support a full challenge to the NCAA’s ban on paying student athletes. That’s not the only news shaking up the sports world. Yesterday, Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib came out - becoming the first openly gay active player in the NFL. Happy Pride. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Poor sleep:” what’s linked to dementia and early death according to a new study. We’re all doomed. 


SAY WHAT?

“California man stole 42,000 pounds of pistachios from Touchstone Pistachio, police say” - an actual headline. Nuts. 


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