Straight from School to Repression in Eritrea: Daily Brief

Plus: investigate treatment of detainee in Egypt; migrant workers strike in Qatar; US immigration raids target meat industry; fifth day of Kashmir lockdown; plan to establish a “safe zone” for Syrian refugees; justice needed for victims of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge; and new report documents negative impact of  Trump's “Remain in Mexico” policy. 

The Eritrean government forcibly channels thousands of young people, some still children, each year into military training. Our new report documents how Eritrea’s secondary schools are at the heart of its repressive system, subjecting students and teachers to forced labor and physical abuse.

Egyptian authorities should investigate the conditions of US citizen Khaled Hassan who attempted suicide in July 2019 while in pretrial detention in Tora prison. He has been detained in Egypt since January 2018 and previously provided Human Rights Watch detailed allegations of being raped and tortured in custody. 

Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar (a country that bans them from striking or joining unions) went on strike this week over poor working conditions. Abusive labor practices that lead workers to take such a risk will continue until the Qatari government makes good on its promise to abolish the exploitative kafala sponsorship labor system that fuels abuses.

On Wednesday, United States immigration authorities arrested 680 people during raids on 7 food processing plants across the state of Mississippi - likely the largest workplace immigration raid in the US in over a decade. Such a massive crackdown highlights the need for better protection of workers. 

The Kashmir lockdown, which started with the Indian government's announcement on August 5, 2019 that it was altering the special constitutional status of Kashmir, has reached it fifth day. Indian authorities should ensure immediate accountability for rights violations, restore communications, order troops to exercise restraint, and free political leaders.

After weeks of forcibly returning Syrians to danger from Turkey, Turkey has agreed with the US to create a “safe zone” for returning refugees and displaced Syrians. Learn more about what “safe zones” are and what are the human rights concerns around them. 

Justice for Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia should not have ended with the conviction of a handful of leaders. Many other senior Khmer Rouge officials have escaped justice.

A new report by Human Rights First documents the impact of the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, with detailed accounts of targeted attacks against returned asylum seekers and how the administration is illegally shutting down asylum protections.