China's Orwellian Dystopia: Daily Brief

New report on abuses by China's regime against people in Tibet; elections in Zimbabwe & Cambodia; will Russia keep backing Syria's Assad?; Ethiopia’s new leader should end torture; controversial election in Pakistan; interview with HRW's Executive Director Ken Roth.

The authorities in China are using an ostensible anti-mafia campaign to target suspected political dissidents and suppress civil society initiatives in Tibetan areas.

China is on its way to becoming a real-life Orwellian dystopia. Also read our report on awful human rights abuses in the predominantly Muslim region Xinjiang.

People in Zimbabwe are voting today in national elections which, for the first time in 38 years, does not have Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper.

Cambodians voted in farcical "elections" over the weekend, and the results offered no surprises.

The endgame of the war in Syria is likely to come down to the northwestern province of Idlib, on the Turkish border, where some 2.3 million people are now trapped. The big question: will Russia keep supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, or will it use its leverage to prevent a bloodbath?

Ethiopia’s new prime minister Abiy Ahmed has has ushered in a new era of reform, but he must also ensure accountability for years of detentions and serious abuses, says HRW's East Africa & the Horn director Maria Burnett, reflecting on a visit to Minneapolis by Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

Cricket legend Imran Khan appears poised to become the new prime minister of Pakistan, after elections that were held last week. Will he lead a rights-respecting government? Read this comment by HRW's Pakistan-researcher Saroop Ijaz.