Violence Against Protesters in Sudan Continues: Daily Brief

Plus: increased pressure on Crimean human rights lawyers; mayor of Polish city critically ill after stabbing; prosecution of LGBT community in Chechnya; national strike begins in Zimbabwe; Saudi's Rahaf al-Qunun reaches safety in Canada; Bahrain rejects UN call to free activist; and Afghanistan's new defense minister should be investigated for war crimes.

Violence against anti-government protesters in Sudan is ongoing. On Sunday, Sudanese police fired tear gas at crowds protesting against President Omar al-Bashir's regime in Khartoum. Sudanese activists and medical workers estimate that at least 40 people have been killed, including children, since protests began on December 19, 2018.

Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. Defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov is one of them and is now seeing his profession threatened by Russian authorities.

Paweł Adamowicz, mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk and a strong supporter of LGBT and refugee rights in Poland, was stabbed on stage during a charity event in Poland on Sunday.

The prosecution of LGBTQ people has recently increased in Chechnya. According to a new report, Chechen police are allegedly escalating their efforts to prosecute Chechens suspected of having LGBTQ identities.

A national strike has started today in Zimbabwe to protest against the 120 percent increase in fuel prices announced by president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday.

The Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has finally reached safety in Canada. Read the inside story of how Rahaf's bid for freedom unfolded here.

Bahrain has rejected a call from the UN asking to release activist Nabeel Rajab, sentenced to remain behind bars until 2023.

Asadullah Khalid, the newly elected Afghan defense minister, should face investigation for his alleged implication in serious human rights abuses and war crimes.