Russia/Ukraine Prisoner Exchange: Daily Brief

Plus: Algeria tightening the screws on demonstrations; Indonesia should investigate deaths of Papuans killed in protests; Bangladesh should end restrictions on Rohingya refugee freedoms; clampdown in Kashmir; extending the UN Commission of Inquiry mandate in Burundi; Pride in Honduras; trial over private life allegations in Morocco; and the need to ban a neurotoxic pesticide in the EU. 

After several increasingly tense weeks amid swirling rumors, a much-anticipated large-scale prisoner swap has finally happened between Russia and Ukraine. It's wonderful news for those jailed for politically motivated reasons, like Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. 

Algerian authorities initially tolerated protests by millions of people demanding political reform. But now they're tightening the screws, jailing flag-wavers and turning back would-be marchers.

Indonesia should urgently investigate the deaths of Papuans killed during widespread protests.

The Bangladesh government should end restrictions on Rohingya refugees’ freedom of movement and access to the internet and online communications

The clampdown in Kashmir goes on, to the deep concern of international observers. 

The UN Human Rights Council should extend the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi during its ongoing session in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today.

The LGBT Pride March in Honduras’s San Pedro Sula, which drew 450 people, was the uplifting culmination of a week of Pride activities that also included more sober reflections, such as a candlelight vigil for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people killed in Honduras.

In several EU countries, pregnant mothers risk consuming food contaminated with the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, which could be harmful to their unborn children. Failure to protect against known dangerous pesticide exposures violates the right to health.