Violent Pushbacks from Greece: Daily Brief

Beaten and expelled from Greece; protesters demanding democracy in Hungary; child's death in US border patrol custody sparks fury; efforts to reduce prescription opioids are inadvertently harming chronic pain patients in the US; unlawful pushbacks from Croatia; threat to expand use of mandatory pretrial detention in Mexico; major call for Bahrain to release rights defender, Nabeel Rajab; how toxic is Twitter for women?; and how can a government stand alone in opposing "health"?


Greek law enforcement officers at the land border with Turkey in the northeastern Evros region routinely summarily return asylum seekers and migrants, a new report documents today. The officers in some cases use violence and often confiscate and destroy the migrants’ belongings.

Protesters took to the streets in Budapest yet again to demand a return to democratic norms - free media, independent courts, academic freedom, unhindered civil society, and especially an end to the new "slave law," which allows employers to demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year from employees but not have to pay them for three years. 

The scandal surrounding the death of a seven-year-old girl in US border patrol custody is continuing to rattle the country.

US federal and state government efforts to reduce prescription opioids are inadvertently harming chronic pain patients in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. Many patients are involuntarily cut off medications that improve their lives or say they are unable to find a doctor willing to care for them.

There's yet more evidence that Croatian police are unlawfully pushing migrants and asylum seekers back to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in some cases violently, and without giving them the possibility to seek asylum. 

The Mexican Congress should reject a bill to modify the constitution that would expand the use of mandatory pretrial detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The modification would dramatically increase the number of people in Mexican jails who haven’t been convicted of a crime.

Dozens of human rights groups have called on Bahraini authorities to release leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab immediately, to repeal his convictions and sentences, and drop all charges against him.

And finally: health. We all wish it for each other, and we expect everyone to do the same. Which government could say no to health, right? Oh...