Dashed Hopes in Myanmar: Daily Brief

Plus: EU legislators urge the UN to compensate Kosovo lead poisoning victims; it shouldn’t take Pink Floyd to rescue ISIS fighters’ abandoned children; Vietnam misleads UN on rights record; EU should stop returning migrants to Libya; no one wants another Rana Plaza; detention of football player Hakeem al-Araibi poses ‘historic test’ for global sports; and join us at Human Rights Weekend in Amsterdam.

Myanmar’s first democratically elected civilian government in decades has prosecuted large numbers of peaceful critics in violation of basic human rights. A new Human Rights Watch report documents the use of broad and vaguely worded laws against activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens.

A group of 55 Members of the European Parliament has written a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, expressing dismay at the UN’s failure to remedy harm inflicted on ethnic minorities in northern Kosovo following the end of the war in 1999.

Roger Waters, the co-founder of rock band Pink Floyd, helped rescue two young brothers from a camp in Syria that is holds wives and children of foreign Islamic State members. Left in limbo by their governments, these children face indefinite arbitrary detention and potential statelessness.

Vietnam presented a grossly inaccurate picture of its human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last week, intensifying their denial about the country’s abysmal human rights record.

The European Union should immediately end returns of refugees and migrants to Libya, according to dozens of non-governmental organizations, including HRW. In a letter to EU leaders they call for an end to the controversial policy, saying it undermines the bloc's values.

“We don’t want another Rana Plaza." Those were the parting words when HRW's Aruna Kashyap spoke with a Bangladeshi garment worker who miraculously survived the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013. Now, in 2019, Bangladesh may make the mistake of crippling an initiative that has achieved dramatic improvements on fire and building safety in the years since the disaster.

Former Bahraini national footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is languishing in a Thai prison in grave danger of being deported back to Bahrain. There he could face an unfair trial, imprisonment and even torture. The worldwide #FreeHakeem campaign is gathering steam, with a lot of media attention and welcome messages from top athletes

And if you happen to be in Amsterdam next week, make sure you get tickets for HRW's Human Rights Weekend (7-10 February).