Indigenous Kids at Risk of Malnutrition and Death in Colombia: Daily Brief

Colombia’s Wayuu indigenous community confronts a malnutrition crisis; what the EU needs to do about the violent crackdown in Belarus; in Yemen, Houthis kill and expel Ethiopian migrants; Lebanon may announce state of emergency; Kyrgyzstan should not return journalist to torture in Uzbekistan; Kazakhstan is targeting activists with unwarranted criminal charges; three young people facing terrorism charges in Malta for refusing to be returned to abuse in Libya; and recommendations for fundamental reform of policing in the US.

The Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown are making it even harder for the Wayuu, an indigenous group in Colombia and Venezuela, to survive. Human Rights Watch and the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health have released a new joint report and accompanying multimedia piece today.

EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow, August 14, at which they will discuss how the bloc should respond to the regime's crackdown in Belarus. 

New research shows how Houthi forces in April 2020 forcibly expelled thousands of migrants from northern Yemen, killing dozens and forcing them to the Saudi border, where more were killed.

Lebanon may announce state of emergency, granting broad powers to the army.

Kyrgyz authorities should reject a request to extradite the independent Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev to Uzbekistan and instead should release him.

Kazakhstan is targeting activists with unwarranted criminal charges.

Local, state, and federal governments in the United States should move beyond superficial changes and fundamentally rethink public safety by reducing the scope of policing, investing in community services, and ensuring abusive officers are held accountable.