US Should Address Its Legacy of Slavery: Daily Brief

Reparations needed to address legacy of slavery in US; Juneteenth celebrations as a positive counterpoint to Trump rally in Tulsa; growing internet control and censorship in Russia; coal plants threaten world’s largest mangrove forest; Myanmar must end world’s longest internet shutdown; China's rights crisis should be top priority at summit with EU; and a huge win for immigrants in US.

As United States President Donald Trump heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend for a political rally, Human Rights Watch joins residents and partners in the city to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which targeted the Black community there. Congress should introduce laws and policies to address structural and other forms of racism in the US.

The approach of the authorities in Russia to the internet rests on two pillars: control and increasing isolation from the World Wide Web. “The government has built up an entire arsenal of tools to reign over information, internet users, and communications networks,” says HRW's Hugh Williamson.

The Myanmar government should immediately lift all internet restrictions in eight townships in Rakhine and Chin States. The mobile internet shutdown, which began on June 21, 2019, is affecting more than a million people living in a conflict zone.