Intensified Crackdown in Zimbabwe: Daily Brief

Crackdown in Zimbabwe; a slap on the wrist for peacekeepers who killed civilians in the Central African Republic; farmer-herder conflicts on the rise in Africa; Bangladesh punishing critics rather than criminals; repression in China's Xinjiang; asylum-seeking children in Europe deserve a future; Indonesia's blacklist over Papua; and Saudi Arabia's rulers show their true colors - and their weaknesses - in their row with Canada. 

The Zimbabwe Security Forces and unidentified gunmen have intensified a crackdown on supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDCA) in the aftermath of August 1, 2018 post-election protests in Harare. 

Three-year prison sentences for three Congolese peacekeepers convicted for the 2014 murder of 11 civilians in the Central African Republic does not reflect the gravity of the crime. The sentences deny justice to the victims, who included women and children.

In some parts of Africa, conflicts between farmers and herders are on the rise, with devastating results. 

Instead of prosecuting those responsible for unlawfully attacking student protesters demanding road safety, Bangladesh authorities are arresting students and targeting activists and journalists who are highlighting the abuses

Global concern is finally on the rise about Xinjiang, a region of China in which ethnically Turkic Muslims have long endured shocking repression. As governments grapple for ways to put pressure on Beijing over these abuses, attention is turning toward international firms doing business in the region...

The European Commission's humanitarian agency says: "education is crucial" for girls and boys affected by crises, and is "one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future." So, one might expect that the European Union would demand to see educational results for its money in Greece, where by some counts it has spent over €12,100 in aid for every migrant and asylum seeker. One would be wrong

“Why am I now on the Indonesian government blacklist?" asks Australian graduate student Belinda Lopez. "For how long? For what reason? For going to Papua? This is devastating for me.”

Saudi Arabia's over-the-top reaction to Canada's plea for the release of human rights defenders clearly reveals what worries Riyadh the most...