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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re reporting on the human rights situation in Myanmar, where the military has been accused of using the death penalty as a “political tool to crush opposition”, while the international community has been accused of “sidelining” the crisis.

Meanwhile, here in Geneva, we’re hearing who’s in the running to be the next leader of the International Organization for Migration. We’re also listening to a round-up from the Geneva press corps on what has been a momentous year.

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Pip Cook


On our radar

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Myanmar nationals living in Thailand hold pictures of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup outside Myanmar’s embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, following the execution of four political prisoners in July 2022. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

🇲🇲World turns blind eye as death sentences mount in Myanmar. The UN human rights chief warned earlier this month that Myanmar’s military had sentenced at least 11 people to death as part of its ongoing crackdown on opposition to its rule. Seven university students and at least four youth activists were the latest people to be handed the death penalty following closed-door trails in military courts, Volker Türk said, bringing the number of people sentenced to death since the coup of February 2021 to over 130. But while the junta’s brutal repression of the people of Myanmar continues to escalate, the international community has been accused of “sidelining” the crisis.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🗳️IOM director-general launches bid for second term. Portuguese ministry officials are in Geneva this week to promote the reelection of Antonio Vitorino as director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) after he confirmed his bid last month, pitting him against US candidate Amy Pope.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here’s what else is happening

International Geneva Moves

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Jeremy Farrar speaking at the GESDA meeting in Geneva, 2022. (Credit: GESDA)

WHO appoints Wellcome’s Farrar as chief scientist. The Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar will become the World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief scientist in the second quarter of 2023, according to announcements by the WHO and Wellcome on Tuesday, amid a raft of changes at the top levels of the organisation.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

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