Egypt Security Forces Torturing Children: Daily Brief

Plus: emergency bill in Hungary would give enormous power to prime minister; a tv documentary in Australia exposed war crimes in Afghanistan; Bahrain's insufficient prisoner release; a Cambodian court will rule today on fate of opposition activist; World Water Day is commemorated in light of the Coronavirus pandemic; Canada’s immigration detainees at higher risk in pandemic; and finally, in South Africa, Human Rights Day should let the country reflect on the discrimination faced by asylum seekers in the country.

In Egypt, children as young as 12 have have been "disappearing", or rather: taken and tortured by security forces. Our new report documents abuses against 20 children.

Hungary is considering a new bill that would give Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers to rule the country, without any fixed end date.

Investigative journalism in Australia uncovered the country's complicity in alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. In the light of this new evidence, the previously dismissed cases should be reexamined and the special forces be held accountable.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bahrain has released 1,486 detainees. It's a positive measure, but still insufficient: prominent political leaders and human rights defenders must be released too.

Cambodia's government should quash the conviction against an opposition activist who criticised the government on his Facebook page – and order his release.

Yesterday marked World Water Day, a moment to stress the vital importance of safe water in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. While the World Health Organization has emphasized the importance of having clean water, marginalized populations all over the globe lack access to basic hygiene measures.

In Canada, immigration detainees are at a higher risk in the COVID-19 pandemic.

And finally, South Africa celebrated Human Rights Day this weekend. The day originated in commemoration of Apartheid, but almost 30 years later it is a day to reflect on the violence and discrimination asylum seekers face in the country