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.
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.
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.
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.