Call for Reparations in Tulsa: Daily Brief

Plus: EU leaders need to go beyond words at today's EU-China summit; spyware used against Moroccan journalist; Russian blogger targeted for anti-racist posts; National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada; and a way to support human rights work during this pandemic.

Last Friday, Juneteenth, Human Rights Watch was in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s historic Greenwood district, where anger and frustration were palpable, as Black Tulsans are all too aware that, after 155 Juneteenth celebrations and nearly 100 years after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, deep-rooted and structural racism remain. Tulsan community leaders delivered a call to action and demanded long overdue reparations.

The EU-China summit will be held virtually today. Last Friday, MEPs urged European leaders to prioritize human rights. Now, will the EU use the tools at its disposal to respond to the Chinese government’s violations, or just continue to tick the box marked ‘raised concerns’?

A new Amnesty International report documents how spyware was used in a campaign by the Moroccan government to spy on Omar Radi, well-known Moroccan activist and journalist. NSO Group, an Israeli company marketing its technology in the fight against COVID-19, is responsible for this technology.

A Russian blogger is being targeted by the authorities for her anti-racism posts.

Canada needs to do more to defend the rights of its Indigenous communities. 

And here is a way to support human rights work during the Coronavirus pandemic.