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Hi, this is Kasmira. Today we’re covering the plight of lawyers in Iran fighting for justice for their clients. At the WHO executive board, regional appointments prove controversial. And UN special rapporteurs weigh in on the International Court of Justice’s genocide case against Israel.

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Kasmira Jefford


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⚖️ Inside Geneva: a look into South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. The International Court of Justice is considering charges of genocide against Israel, in a case brought by South Africa. But is this really a case for the UN’s top court?

Swissinfo (EN)

🗳️ WHO’s new regional appointments are historic – and controversial. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) executive board confirmed the appointment of three new regional directors on Tuesday, which are both controversial and historic, including the election of Saima Wazed, the daughter of Bangladesh’s prime minister, to lead the South-East Asia region Health Policy Watch

Health Policy Watch (EN)

⚔️ UAE denies sending weapons to paramilitary group in Sudan war. A leaked document by Security Council experts found “credible” evidence that arms deliveries were made to the Rapid Support Forces.

Financial Times (paywall) (EN)

🗑️ Gaza is cleaning up its piles of garbage from the war, including human waste. Unicef has launched a cash-for-work initiative to collect and contain solid waste, including human excrement, aimed at improving sanitary conditions and preventing the spread of disease.

PassBlue (EN)

🗣️ 'Every tiny result is a huge victory': in Iran, lawyers face the simulacrum of justice. Prohibited from speaking with their clients and accessing files, targets of various restrictions, Iranian lawyers continue to fight for a semblance of justice. On 24 January, World Endangered Lawyer Day, they speak out about a profession in danger.

Le Temps (FR)

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