Protests Shifting the Debate in US: Daily Brief

Protests against racist police brutality are shifting the debate in the US, but it's only the very beginning; Lebanon's trash crisis has a cost; one-year anniversary of Hong Kong protests; Covid-19 exposes healthcare shortfalls in African countries; European Union should strengthen rules on surveillance tech exports; soldiers in South Sudan kill civilians in land dispute; anti-LGBT rhetoric by Middle East governments; indigenous communities and Covid-19 risks in Canada; and join us today for a live conversation with Ai Weiwei.

Protests against endemic, racist police brutality in the US are starting to show some early signs of shifting the public debate in a positive direction. However, the country needs to reject superficial fixes like the so-called #8CantWait proposals, and aim for root-and-branch change: bold steps are needed to address structural racism.

Lebanon’s lack of a comprehensive solid waste management strategy is incurring huge environmental and public health costs

Today marks the first anniversary of mass protests in Hong Kong, when one million people marched peacefully against a proposed law that would allow Hong Kong authorities to transfer criminal suspects to China, where they would face a grossly unfair criminal justice system.

African governments should urgently address healthcare deficiencies to meet the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing healthcare needs of their populations. 

The European Union should adopt stronger regulations to prevent cyber surveillance technology developed in Europe from being sold to repressive governments.

Government security forces are supposed to protect civilians, not kill them...

How do governments in the Middle East and North Africa region use anti-LGBT rhetoric to advance their political agendas? 

Refugees and other displaced people with disabilities face barriers accessing food, hygiene, and basic services. The high-level United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has an opportunity to help fix this today...

And join us today at 11:30am ET on Instagram for a live conversation between HRW's China researcher Yaqiu Wang and Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.