41 Years of Trauma: Daily Brief

Plus: The need to investigate deadly riots in Papua; Tajik activist could face torture if extradited from Belarus; Pakistan's appalling blasphemy law; will authoritarian Uzbekistan finally turn a decisive corner?; and the EU facing two big changes: a new top diplomat and (hopefully) a new migration policy. 

Forty-one years of war have had a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of Afghans, yet the Afghan government is failing to provide sufficient mental health support to Afghans who have experienced traumatic events. 

Indonesian authorities should independently investigate recent riots in Wamena, Papua that resulted in 33 deaths. Since September 29, 2019, at least 8,000 indigenous Papuan and other Indonesians have been displaced from their homes in Papua.

An independent journalist and political opposition activist risks torture or other ill-treatment if he is forcibly returned from Belarus to Tajikistan, a group of eleven human rights groups said today. 

The overturned conviction of a man imprisoned for 18 years highlights just one of many miscarriages of justice stemming from Pakistan’s vaguely worded blasphemy law. 

Uzbekistan has been making some remarkable reforms in recent years, but the country still has a long way to go to free itself from its authoritarian chains.

The EU is about to get a new top diplomat, but is that good news or bad news for human rights around the world?

And staying with the EU, it's a critical moment for migration policy - and an opportunity to make human dignity the priority