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This Week’s Spotlight on Human Rights

Kenya’s President Says He Won’t Sign a Finance Bill That Led Protesters to Storm the Parliament

Kenya’s president said Wednesday he won’t sign into law a finance bill proposing new taxes that prompted thousands of protesters to storm the parliament the previous day, leaving several people killed as police opened fire. It was the biggest assault on Kenya’s government in decades.

UN Special Rapporteur Warns of Global Decline of Judicial Independence

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (A/HRC/56/62) presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday found the global state of human rights is deteriorating. The UNHRC emphasizes a concerning trend of declining human rights as democratic institutions face increasing pressure and leaders fail to uphold the rule of law.

Pepper Spray, Beatings and Neglect: DCS Sued Over Treatment of Kids in Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Facilities.

One child was kept in solitary confinement until he was driven to rip his hair out. Another was shackled in his cell, held down by staff and pepper sprayed for being “disrespectful.” These are just a few of the allegations laid out in a class action lawsuit filed by Disability Rights Tennessee on Wednesday.

Bolivia Foils Military Coup Attempt: All You Need to Know

Bolivian President Luis Arce thwarted an apparent attempted coup on Wednesday, as Army General Juan Jose Zuniga was arrested, hours after he led troops and tanks to storm the presidential palace in the capital, La Paz.