Plus: Syrian health workers need protection; Nepal should punish rights abusers; South African cities forcibly evict residents; new report on brutal repression of Iran protests; Tanzania steps up repression of political opposition; US unalienable rights commission can endanger everyone's human rights.
Syrian authorities are failing to protect health workers at the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic in government-held territory. Doctors, aid workers, and civilians told us that shortages of adequate protective equipment and restricted access to oxygen tanks are most likely contributing to deaths among Syria’s health workers and the wider population.
In Nepal, there are mounting allegations of extrajudicial executions and deaths in custody resulting from torture. Instead of reversing the National Human Rights Commission’s findings, the government should act on them to ensure accountability for grave abuses by security forces.
South Africa has been hit hard by the pandemic, with the fifth-highest number of cases in the world. Yet, the country’s local governments are evicting people from homes built on public land without providing alternative sites to shelter-in-place, a move that exposes those evicted to increased risk of infection.
A new Amnesty report documents how Iranian authorities have committed shocking human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, sexual violence, and torture against those detained in connection with the nationwide protests of November 2019.
Tanzania authorities have stepped up repression of opposition parties, nongovernmental organizations, and the media ahead of the country’s general elections on October 28, 2020.