How (Not) To Deal with Coronavirus Pandemic: Daily Brief

China is no model for fighting coronavirus crisis; the most vulnerable people in society are also the most vulnerable during the outbreak of COVID-19; the fate of Syria's children after 9 years of war; still no justice for murders of UN experts in Congo; targeted for going to school in Cameroon; Weinstein's rape sentence boosts #MeToo movement; and one step closer to equal pay for women athletes.

China's censorship has silenced people's voices and rights. When the World Health Organization (WHO) cheers for the regime's coronavirus control efforts, we should ask: at what and at whose expense? Read this comment by Human Rights Watch's China researcher Yaqiu Wang.

The most vulnerable people in society are also the most vulnerable during the outbreak of coronavirus, in countries such as Venezuela, the United States, the United Kingdom and Greece.

Over the course of the Syrian war, Human Rights Watch has followed the heartbreaking stories of thousands of children whose lives have been devastated by the ongoing conflict, shows a new feature published today by HRW

Families of UN experts Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp are still waiting for justice for the brutal killing of their loved ones 3 years ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Children in Cameroon are being targeted while they go to school, as part of a brutal boycott campaign by armed separatist groups. 

Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. This sends a strong message to the women he assaulted, other perpetrators, and the broader #MeToo movement around the world. 

 

And there's some good sports and human rights news, as Carlos Cordeiro has resigned as US soccer president, after sexist and discriminatory comments. Cordeiro's resignation opens the spot to Cindy Parlow Cone, who has become the first female US soccer president.