War Crimes in Syria: Daily Brief

Plus: Malaysia must end discriminatory rhetoric against Rohingya refugees; EU leaders undermining EU values; the need to ban landmines; Saudi Prince in incommunicado detention; #MeToo in the land of censorship; Kyrgyzstan should free Azimjon Askarov; and a Venezuelan human rights group under attack.

Syrian and Russian government forces have carried out unlawful attacks on hospitals and schools in Idlib, western Aleppo, and north-western Hama governorates. A new Amnesty International report details 18 cases, most in January and February 2020, and highlights the importance for the UN Security Council to ensure medical and other humanitarian aid can be delivered to northern Syria.

Malaysia should end discriminatory rhetoric against Rohingya refugees, which in April proliferated in social media platforms, causing widespread fear of physical violence and discrimination among Rohingya refugees.

It was Europe Day on Saturday, but sadly, EU leaders are showing the wrong kind of unity...

Antipersonnel landmines are weapons that cannot discriminate between a civilian and a soldier. They are designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person. All states should join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and make progress in achieving a mine-free world.

Saudi authorities detained Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud on March 27, 2020 and have since apparently held him incommunicado. The authorities have refused to reveal his whereabouts or status, which suggests that authorities may have forcibly “disappeared” him.

#MeToo in the land of censorship. Our China researcher, Yaqiu Wang, described how silenced in their home country, Chinese feminists have increasingly found footing overseas

After nearly 10 years in prison, human rights defender Azimjon Askarov will plead his case for freedom before Kyrgyzstan’s highest court this week. He turns 69 this month and is serving a lifetime sentence after multiple, egregious miscarriages of justice in his protracted case.

Nicolás Maduro’s government has launched a vicious smear campaign against one of the top human rights organizations in Venezuela: Provea. Precisely when Venezuelans need human rights defenders the most, the government has been expanding its crackdown on critics, opponents and journalists.