Dam Destroys Livelihoods of Thousands: Daily Brief

Plus: EU should react to Hungary's dismantling of democracy; coronavirus is a ticking time bomb for Australia’s prisons; pressure on Russia to find alternatives to migration detention; Syrian asylum seekers trapped in northern Cyprus; Azerbaijan's crackdown on critics; Cameroon should make massacre investigation public; and stay tuned today for a new Instagram interview... 

The Guinean government’s failure to provide adequate land, compensation, and other forms of support to those displaced for the Souapiti hydroelectric dam has devastated the livelihoods and food security of thousands of people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

An open letter signed by 80 members of the European Parliament and civil society groups, including Human Rights Watch, urges the EU to unequivocally condemn the Hungarian government’s misuse of the coronavirus crisis to erode democracy.

While governments around the world are releasing some inmates in response to the Covid crisis, Australia has so far only relied on lockdowns and ending visitation rights, both of which can have devastating consequences for prisoners with disabilities in particular.

Russian authorities should provide safe and dignified alternatives to migration detention for people facing deportation or court-mandated expulsion, and improve access to healthcare to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Turkish Cypriot authorities should immediately release 175 detained Syrian asylum seekers, and Greek Cypriot authorities should allow them to cross the line into their territory and process their asylum claims.

Azerbaijani authorities are abusing restrictions imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19 to arrest opposition activists and silence government critics.

Cameroon’s government should publish the findings of the investigation of Ngarbuh's massacre, and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

And you want to know more about kid's rights during Covid-19? Join us today on Instagram for a live conversation with advocacy director of the children's rights division Jo Becker.