The #FutureWeBuild: Daily Brief

Human Rights Watch shares its vision of the future we want to build in star-studded live event; US President Trump sends federal agents into opposition-run cities; fashion brands complicit in forced labor in China; Syrian activists take their fight to the UN Security Council; thousands evicted from forest lands in Kenya; Cuba imposes draconian conditions on doctors abroad; Bahrain’s king should halt executions; and Ukraine should ratified convention on the prevention of violence against women.


During a star-studded virtual event Human Rights Watch today shares its vision of building a better post-Covid world with audiences around the world. The 45-minute broadcast, The Future We Build Together, is free to attend and will feature performances by Annie Lennox, the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Brandon Victor Dixon. The event is being broadcast in three time zones. If you missed the first show, be sure to catch one of the next ones.

Civil liberties watchdogs have condemned plans by US President Donald Trump to send hundreds of federal agents into Democratic-Party-run cities to crack down on anti-racism protests. In a letter addressed to US federal law enforcement officials mayors of major US cities likened the move to tactics of “authoritarian regimes”.

The Chinese government subjects Uyghurs to systematic forced labour. Fashion brands are complicit, a coalition of more than 190 human rights groups say.

Syrian activist Wafa Ali Mustafa is taking the fight for her father’s freedom and the freedom for all detainees in Syria to the United Nations Security Council today, demanding immediate action to free detainees and give answers to their families.

Kenyan authorities have evicted more than 50,000 people from Mau Forest lands. Many are living in makeshift camps and have not been relocated or compensated as required under Kenyan law.

Cuba imposes highly abusive conditions on medical professionals it deploys across the world, dictating with whom doctors can live, fall in love, or talk. Governments that accept Cuban assistance risk becoming complicit in these human rights violations.

In a letter addressed to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa rights groups have appealed for the executions of two men who were not afforded a fair trial and whose allegations of torture were not adequately investigated, to be halted.