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More than 100 people have been reported killed during a six-day strike by police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, as hundreds of troops patrolled streets attempting to keep order with schools and businesses closed and public transport frozen.
The Government has been accused of kicking UN concerns about its austerity policy "into the long grass" after it refused to accept the findings of a report that concluded its welfare reforms were a breach of human rights.
On 7 February, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that visa applicants could be asked to hand over their passwords for their social media accounts by US embassies.
Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.
On 3 February, the Council of Europe reported that a new search engine aimed at improving the visibility and transparency of the process of execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights had been launched by the Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments.
A program to pay asylum applicants in Germany to return to their home countries, often before a decision is made on their status, has begun. The government wants to increase the number of people who choose to leave.
On 1 February, Congo's police fired tear gas as supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi gathered to mourn in Kinshasa shortly after his death was announced, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners.
On 30 January, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for the immediate and unconditional release of Nazir Al-Majid, a Saudi intellectual and journalist held since 18 January, when a Riyadh court sentenced him to seven years in prison, a fine and a seven-year foreign travel ban on completion of the jail term.
The Council of Europe Group of experts against human trafficking (GRETA) has published today a report on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Italy. The report assesses the specific situation of forced returns of victims of trafficking from Italy and the identification of victims of trafficking among asylum seekers and migrants.