10 Million EU Citizens Live under Dictatorship: Daily Brief

Stopping the authoritarian rot in Europe; lockdown arrests and abuses surge in Rwanda; update from the Syria torture trial in Germany; HRW advice for International Monetary Fund and World Bank; will The Netherlands show solidarity with the most vulnerable?; new massacres by extremists in Burkina Faso; and action for threatened Russian journalist Elena Milashina.

A few weeks ago, the European Union underwent a fundamental change: it ceased being a bloc of exclusively democratic states. Worse, leaders across Europe barely flinched as Hungary became a dictatorship.

The police in Rwanda has arbitrarily arrested scores of people since directives to prevent the spread of Covid-19 came into force one month ago. The authorities have accused people of violating the measures and at times detained people in stadiums without due process or legal authority.

Judges in the city of Koblenz, Germany, have begun hearings in the first landmark trial about torture by agents of the Assad-regime during Syria’s nearly decade-long brutal armed conflict.

Human Rights Watch is helping the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank with advice to focus on respect for human rights when these financial institutions spend their money.

When will the governments of the Netherlands and Sweden finally join 11 other countries in Europe that show solidarity and compassion with unaccompanied children who are trapped in camps for migrants and refugees in Greece?

Suspected Islamist armed groups in Burkina Faso have killed at least 90 civilians in 3 attacks on villages in late January 2020 that forced thousands to flee.