Sportswashing Saudi Arabia's Abysmal Rights Record: Daily Brief

Saudi Arabia tries to 'sportswash' abysmal human rights record in England; interview and comment on Covid-19 in the Middle East and North Africa; forced disappearance of reporter in Mozambique; how Covid-19 could impact the climate crisis; protecting digital research even more crucial in times of coronavirus pandemic; World Press Photo of the Year comes from Sudan; and Greece should free unaccompanied migrant children. 

Saudi Arabia is again trying to use sports as a PR tool to distract from the country’s abysmal human rights record. The English Premier League football club Newcastle United may soon be in Saudi hands, as part of the long term strategy of Mohammed Bin Salman's regime to ‘sportswash’ abuses.

The Middle East and North Africa region has large populations of refugees and migrants at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read this interview with HRW's expert, Eric Goldstein.

The Covid-19 response in countries in Africa should focus on people’s needs and rights. Read this op-ed by HRW's Carine Kaneza Nantulya and Dewa Mavhinga, published by the Mail & Guardian.

The authorities in Mozambique should urgently locate Ibrahimo Abu Mbaruco, a reporter who has been missing since April 7 in the embattled northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Satellite images showing dramatic drops in air pollution in coronavirus hotspots around the globe have circulated widely on social media, offering a silver lining to an otherwise very dark story. But they are also a graphic reminder of the climate crisis that will continue when the pandemic passes.

These are extraordinary times. But now more than ever, we need access to information and transparency so the public can understand what is going on.

The World Press Photo of the Year has been awarded to an AFP-photographer who covered the protests in Sudan

And kindly help us convince Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece to free hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children detained in unhygienic police cells and detention centers.