Support for the Court of Last Resort: Daily Brief

The world rejects Trump's attack on the International Criminal Court; global outrage at Navalny poisoning in Russia; how the EU can help the protesters get justice in Belarus; a takeover of the arts in Hungary; mass surveillance revealed by Snowden ruled illegal in US court; uncovering the fate of the disappeared in Yemen; Burundi may be making progress, but rights monitors still needed; and South Africa’s powerful women, doing extraordinary things.

The world is shocked - if not exactly surprised - by the Trump administration's decision to place sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutors. 

There's also been renewed global outrage at the poisoning of opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny in Russia after the German authorities revealed he was poisoned by the rare nerve agent Novichok, which has been seen in previous Russia-related poisonings.

The EU and its member states can help the protesters in Belarus achieve justice for the brutal crimes that security forces have committed against them.

In its latest attack on academic freedom and free expression, the Hungarian government has placed control of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest into the hands of Prime Minister Orbán's loyalists.

The mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, revealed some seven years ago by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, has been ruled unlawful by a US court.

All parties in the Yemen conflict should reveal the fate and whereabouts of hundreds of civilians forcibly disappeared or detained arbitrarily, eight national and international groups including Human Rights Watch said today.

The recent change in Burundi’s leadership has raised hopes among international partners that a somber chapter in the country’s history may finally be coming to an end. But independent human rights scrutiny is still much needed. 

And finally, some inspiration from South Africa’s powerful women, doing extraordinary things.