Mass Detention of Children in Nigeria: Daily Brief

Plus: authorities in Iran raising the cost of peaceful dissent; brexit and human rights; monitoring supply chains in Germany; ten US presidential candidates head for another debate; and remembering a powerful voice in the disability rights movement.

The Nigerian military has arbitrarily detained thousands of children in degrading and inhuman conditions for suspected involvement with the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, according to a new report released today. Many children are held without charge for months or years in squalid and severely overcrowded military barracks, with no contact with the outside world. 

Iran’s judiciary is dramatically increasing the costs of peaceful dissent in Iran. Since July 31, 2019 alone, revolutionary courts have sentenced at least 13 activists to prison sentences of more than a decade for peaceful dissent.

And speaking of the costs of dissent in Iran... The latest news is just tragic.

Knowing where products are made is key to stopping human rights abuses in the global supply chain.  Human Rights Watch has joined an alliance of 64 NGOs and trade unions to push for ensuring German companies put in place human rights safeguards in their supply chains.

This week, ten US presidential candidates will take the stage to debate climate change, healthcare, immigration, economic inequality, and education – all of which have direct implications for people with disabilities. But will there be any mention of disability rights?

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Marca Bristo, tireless partner to and supporter of Human Rights Watch’s Disability Rights program. To us and to so many around the world, Marca was a true force of nature; a fierce advocate, visionary thinker, incredible mentor, and kind friend. She died Monday at the age of 66.