#ICantBreathe in Europe: Daily Brief

Do #BlackLivesMatter to Europe's leaders? Burundi's late president leaves behind a legacy of abuse; mandatory confinement of mining workers in DR Congo; French arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt; International Olympic Committee's ban on protests; migrant workers on Qatar's World Cup sites not getting paid; remembering a hero in Japan; tear gas at protests could make the Covid-19 pandemic worse; and just when the US needs determined leadership to address the structural racism compounding the country's crises, Trump decides to double down on division.

The Black Lives Matter Movement in the US has inspired similar activism in Europe, but are Europe's leaders really listening?

Burundi’s authoritarian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose death was confirmed in a government statement on June 9, leaves a legacy of political repression and widespread human rights abuse.

Multinational copper and cobalt mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo should take immediate steps to protect the rights of thousands of Congolese workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of 11 international and Congolese human rights groups said today in a letter to 13 mining companies.

Arms sales continue to some of the world's worst human rights abusers...

The International Olympic Committee continues to defend its ban on protests....

Why are migrant workers for World Cup sites in Qatar still not getting paid?

The world has lost a champion of compassion and perseverance. Shigeru Yogota died on June 5 at the age of 87. Along with his wife Sakie, Shigeru worked tirelessly for decades for the return of their daughter Megumi, whom North Korean agents abducted in 1977, when she was 13, and took to North Korea. The couple founded and headed a group dedicated to bringing back Megumi and other Japanese people abducted by the North Korean government during the 1970s and 1980s.

The use of tear gas against could compound Covid risks...

The United States government should take bold steps to end human rights violations and structural racism driving racial disparities in Covid-19 and spurring mass protests across the country...

...instead, the country's suffering is compounded by an utter failure of leadership at the top, as US President Donald Trump promotes division and violence over unity and progress.