Tanzania's Crackdown on LGBT People: Daily Brief

Plus: Syrian documentary For Sama wins a BAFTA; possible evidence tampering in police killings in Brazil; Trump administration abandons landmine ban; first open investigation into crimes committed by rebel armed group Jaysh al-Islam; rights violations during Lebanon protests; the EU should “stop subsidizing undermining democracy”; and domestic violence in Kazakhstan. 

Human Rights Watch's new report, ‘If We Don’t Get Services We Will Die,’ documents how the government of Tanzania holds discriminatory health policies against LGBT people and others who are particularly vulnerable to HIV, jeopardizing public health.

The Syrian documentary "For Sama," produced by Syrian refugee and film maker Waad Al-Kateab and portraying life inside Aleppowon a BAFTA last night. Last week, Waad Al-Kateab joined joined doctors and human rights advocates outside the UN to call on Syria and Russia to #StopBombingHospitals.

On February 8, 2019, military police – who patrol Brazil’s streets – conducted an operation in the Fallet, Fogueteiro, and Prazeres neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, killing 13 people. Now, two reports by international forensic experts point to possible destruction of crime scene evidence by the police.

The Trump Administration’s decision on Friday, January 31, to cancel a policy to eliminate all antipersonnel landmines reverses years of steady steps toward alignment with the 1997 treaty banning the weapons.

Last week, a former spokesperson for Jaysh al-Islam was arrested and charged for alleged war crimes, torture, and enforced disappearance. This marks the opening of the first investigation into crimes committed by the rebel armed group.

Listen to Aya Majzoub, HRW's Lebanon and Bahrain Researcher, discuss rights violations during the Lebanon protests on The Lebanese Politics Podcast.

The EU should “stop subsidizing undermining democracy. Kenneth Roth, HRW's Executive Director, highlights the importance of the EU enforcing human rights criteria inside the bloc. 

Domestic violence in Kazakhstan is widespread and unaddressed. Philippe Dam, HRW's advocate for Europe and Central Asia, recently visited the country to discuss this issue with civil society organizations and government officials.