Chilling Powers For Hong Kong Police: Daily Brief

New Security Law gives Hong Kong police sweeping powers; global poverty on the rise; Uyghurs call on ICC to investigate abuses; Japanese brewery in business with Myanmar military; sentenced on suspicion of homosexuality in Tunis; Somali journalist facing charges for Facebook posts; privatization in US criminal legal system harms low-income people; and Human Rights Watch invites to the #FutureWeBuild event.

Hong Kong's new National Security Law gives police chilling and sweeping powers including raids without warrant, seizure of properties, covert surveillance, and the authority to restrict people under investigation from leaving, implementation details reveal. In response, social media companies are halting data requests by Hong Kong authorities.

Global poverty is rising, according to a new report to the UN. Even before COVID-19, states squandered a decade in the fight against poverty, says Philip Alston, the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. COVID-19 is now rapidly impoverishing many more. Alston's final report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council today.

A group of Uyghurs in exile is calling for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into widespread human rights violations in Xinjiang. Millions of Uyghur and Turkic Muslims are detained in “political education” camps in the far north-western territory of China.

Japan Brewery Kirin, a household name in Japan, should end its business partnership with the Myanmar military. The Tatmadaw, as the military is also know, has been responsible for grave abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities in Rakhine state. 

A Tunisian court sentenced two men to 2 years in prison for "suspicion" of homosexuality under archaic sodomy laws.

A prominent Somali journalist is expected to appear in court today to face charges based on outdated provisions in the country’s criminal code. Abdiaziz Ahmed Gurbiye had been detained after criticizing the Somali government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Facebook.

Growing privatization in the US criminal legal system and the financial burden created by “user fees” is criminalizing poverty.

And lastly, Human Rights Watch invites you to our global the #FutureWeBuild event to celebrate shared values, highlight the ways we are poised to tackle these challenges, and raise funds to continue our critical work.