Theresa's May's promises on workers' rights after brexit are thin gruel; the dangers of Myanmar's new land law; thousands protest against Russia's "online Iron Curtain"; US Department of Homeland Security targeting journalists and activists; is Brazil ready for more international scrutiny of its rights record?; Europe's center-right is wrestling with its soul; Poland's government launches new attacks on LGBT rights; and attempting to overcome decades of repression in Uzbekistan.
Thousands demonstrated in Moscow to protest against Russia's "online Iron Curtain." The government controls most of traditional media in Russia and has been taking steps to bring the internet under greater state control, while prosecuting social media users and adopting highly regressive legislation on data storage localization, encryption, and cybersecurity.
The United States Congress should press the Department of Homeland Security to explain why journalists, lawyers, and activists have been subjected to intensive scrutiny at the US border with Mexico.
Brazil hopes to be elected to another term on the United Nations Human Rights Council. But what has the country's new administration done to show it is fully committed to engaging with the global network of human rights agencies?
The center-right party group, the European People's Party (EPP), is set to decide on whether to expel the Hungarian ruling party, Fidesz, from its ranks. Given Fidesz's relentless attacks on fundamental democratic values - not to mention its continuing attacks on the EPP, as well -this really should be an easy decision.
And finally, after decades of dictatorship, how can Uzbekistan make a clean break with its brutal past?