34 Killed and Disappeared by Police in DR Congo: Daily Brief

Plus: Jordan's "fake news" amendments need revision; Mexico shouldn’t eliminate key disability rights agency; outbreak of violence in Cameroon takes a heavy toll on education; Trump must raise human rights in his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un; freedom of speech under threat in Lebanon; media barred from insurgent region in Mozambique; China's censorship crosses borders; and unresolved questions one year after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. 

New research shows how security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018.

Proposed amendments to Jordan’s 2015 Electronic Crimes Law would overly restrict freedom of expression by stipulating criminal penalties for posting “fake news” or engaging in “hate speech” online.

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, suggested he would dissolve the country’s National Council for People with Disabilities, claiming it only fulfills administrative functions. Instead of eliminating it, the government should strengthen it so it can successfully protect the rights of people with disabilities.

On February 16, 170 students, mostly girls under 18, were abducted by a group of armed separatists from a boarding school in Kumbo, in the North-West region of Cameroon. The crisis in the Anglophone regions of the country is taking a heavy toll on education.

Trump needs to raise human rights with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in the upcoming North Korea-US summit, happening on February 27.

Freedom of speech is under threat in Lebanon. Read our Lebanon researcher's take on the increase in the use of criminal defamation laws in the country.

Mozambique’s state security forces are intimidating, detaining, and prosecuting journalists covering the fighting against an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Amade Abubacar, a journalist who was interviewing villagers displaced by insurgents, was held incommunicado for 13 days by the military.

How does China’s censorship machine cross borders?

One year after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, many questions remain unanswered.