Alleged War Crime by Burkina Faso's Security Forces: Daily Brief

Plus: Fifteen pro-democracy activists detained in Hong Kong; prisoners in California are at stake; Venezuela could suffer hugely from Covid-19; disability rights and coronavirus; and anti-Asian racism in the United States.

Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 detainees on April 9, 2020 in the northern town of Djibo. A brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime.

Last Saturday, Hong Kong police arrested 15 pro-democracy activists for their connection to last year's protests. "Another nail in the coffin of ‘one country, two systems’," says our China director, Sophie Richardson.

John Raphling, our senior researcher on US criminal justice highlights the increased health stakes for prisoners in California: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends living quarters in which people have 6 feet of space in all directions between them — a difficult standard in most, if not all, California jail facilities".

The impact of coronavirus in Latin America is expected to be high. Especially for Venezuela, whose collapsing medical system can’t handle a coronavirus outbreak on its own.

It is vital that the rights of people with disabilities are respected in governments' responses to the Covid-19 epidemic. Tune into Al Jazeera's The Stream at 5pm CEST (11am ET) to hear more from our Disability Rights Director.

Thousands of anti-Asian incidents have been reported in the US since the Covid-19 crisis began.