Respecting Rights in the Age of Coronavirus: Daily Brief

Plus: Trump plans to use COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to deport all asylum seekers; new United States threat to International Criminal Court; insurgents in Thailand target civilians; women’s day activists convicted in Kazakhstan; good news from Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan; and solidarity around Europe for medical staff fighting COVID-19. 

A new report by Human Rights Watch calls on governments to respect fundamental human rights as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Trump's plan to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to return all asylum seekers not only violates United States and international rights protections, but also endangers the lives of migrants who are fleeing threats and violence.

As the International Criminal Court investigates war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a new threat to the ICC, targeting two senior staff members and their families.

Separatist insurgents in Thailand unlawfully targeted civilians in a ‘double-tap’ bombing outside a government building in Yala province, injuring at least 25 people.

There's good news from Uzbekistan, where human rights defender Chuyan Mamatkulov has become one of the first political prisoners to claim his right for rehabilitation. 

Also rare positive news from Azerbaijan, as the regime in this country has finally released Afgan Mukhtarli, a prominent investigative journalist and a political activist. 

And around Europe people clap and cheer to give support to all medical staff and workers who are daily fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.