Preventing a Lost Generation: Daily Brief

Education and Syrian refugees; southeast Asian leaders need to act urgently on Rohingya; Bangladesh arrests child for Facebook post; an assault on women's rights in the Maldives; authorities stifling criticism in Russia; take action to #KeepWaterOn in the US; Covid cover for power grabs; and today is the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

A new report documents the increasingly difficult obstacles to education that Syrian refugee children face as they try to progress in school, with enrollment rates collapsing from nearly 90 percent in primary classes to just 25 to 30 percent in secondary school.

Southeast Asian leaders should urgently adopt concrete plans for addressing the crisis facing ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar and abroad.

Bangladesh authorities have arrested a 15-year-old for “defaming” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed in a Facebook post. It was an especially egregious move in a wave of arbitrary arrests targeting critics of the ruling party with the harsh and vaguely worded Digital Security Act (DSA).

Groups that endorse violent ultra-nationalist or Islamist ideology have tried to shut down a leading women’s rights organization in the Maldives.

Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court is delivering its verdict today in the criminal case against Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent theater director in Russia, and his co-defendants. The charges seem like a thinly veiled way to retaliate against Serebrennikov for his political criticism and to send a chilling message to other artists.

Why - in one of the richest countries in the world - do so many people not have access to safe water? Even in a pandemic? 

Hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned that some leaders around the globe are misusing the coronavirus crisis to grab more power.

Today is the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture”. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has said in a new interview: "What worries me most right now is a general trend towards the erosion of the international human rights system."