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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re covering fresh warnings from the UN about the brutal crackdown on protests in Iran amid reports that over 300 protesters have been killed in the past two months, including dozens of children. We’re also hearing about what the future might hold for human rights in the Philippines, and looking ahead to Cop15 biodiversity negotiations in Canada next month, where countries have a “once-in-a-generation” chance to protect nature.

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Protesters take part in a demonstration in support of Iranian women in Zurich, Switzerland, November 19. (Keystone/Ennio Leanza)

🇮🇷 Iran situation ‘critical’ as more than 300 killed, says UN rights office. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday condemned Iran’s increasingly harsh crackdown on anti-government protests, with over 300 people killed by security forces and thousands detained in the past two months. A spokesperson for Volker Türk told reporters in Geneva that “the rising number of deaths from protests in Iran, including those of two children at the weekend, and the hardening of the response by security forces, underline the critical situation in the country.”

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Beatrice Fihn, executive director of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), poses next to the ICAN logo at their headquarters during an interview with AFP in Geneva, November 2017. (Credit: Keystone/AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

🚪 Head of Nobel prize-winning nuclear ban campaign steps down. Under Beatrice Fihn’s watch, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in helping to bring the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty into force. Now, after almost a decade at the helm of the Geneva-based organisation, which brings together hundreds of NGOs, the Swedish lawyer has decided to take a bow without giving away what she plans to do next. “I have been enormously privileged to spend almost a decade building this powerful campaign,” Fihn said in a statement on Tuesday.


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