Daily Brief logo

Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re covering the 46th session of the Human Rights Council, which kicked off on Monday with the UN chief blasting countries for using the pandemic to crackdown on dissent. Over the next month, we’ll be closely following how states address key issues on the agenda.

We’re also looking into news that the US is ready to revive the Iran nuclear deal, while Tehran takes a step back. Plus, we hear about the long history of Swiss cartoonists fighting for freedom and democracy.

photo journaliste

Pip Cook


Peace and humanitarian news

Photo article

Geneva-based cartoonist Patrick Chappatte captures the Capitol Hill riots. (Credit: Patrick Chappatte in Der Spiegel)

🖊 Drawings for peace. At a time when the planet is shrinking, when danger has become globalised and democracy is under threat, political cartoons seem to play an even more important role. Geneva is at the centre of this fight for freedom of expression, and for a good reason: the inventor of comics was born in the city, and his flame is still very much alive.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🗣 Countries using Covid to ‘crush dissent’. The UN Secretary General António Guterres used his opening address to the Human Rights Council to warn that some countries are using the pandemic as a pretext to crackdown on dissent and silence opposition.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🤝 United States willing to extend Iran nuclear deal. Addressing the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US is prepared to return to the Iran nuclear deal aimed at curbing the country's nuclear programme if Tehran shows ‘strict compliance’ with it.

AP News (EN)

In case you missed it...

🇺🇳 What does this year have in store for human rights? As the UN's top human rights body begins a new session, we look ahead to what the key items on the agenda will be - from overcoming the Covid pandemic to tackling climate change.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here’s what else is happening

Image of the day

Photo article

Anti-coup protesters hold up images of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Credit: Keystone / AP Photo)

Myanmar’s 'five twos revolution'. Protesters held a general strike and took to the streets across Myanmar on Monday in one of the largest demonstrations since the military seized power three weeks ago. The protest has been referred to as the “five twos revolution”, a reference to the date – 22.2.2021 – which activists have compared to 8 August 1988 – or 8.8.88 – when pro-democracy demonstrations challenged military rule, but were brutally crushed by the army.

The Guardian (EN)

Next on the agenda

📌 23 February | Covid-19 and the future of digital humanitarianism. Digital tools and approaches are at the forefront of global responses to Covid-19, yet digital divides are widening. Speakers explore the trends and risks emerging in the context of the pandemic.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (EN)

📌 23 February | What a war crime looks like from space. Remote sensing and satellite imagery can be used for human rights protection and conflict prevention. Hear how organisations can apply these technologies in their work and what their impact could be in the future.

Center on International Cooperation (CIC) (EN)

GS news is a new media project covering the world of international cooperation and development. Don’t hesitate to forward our newsletter!

Have a good day!

Avenue du Bouchet 2
1209 Genève