Top Athletes Defend Rights: Daily Brief

Plus: ongoing protests in Belarus; Israeli authorities hold body of slain Palestinian; Iran executes wrestler Navid Afkari; protecting rights is essential in Afghan negotiations; UN Human Rights Council session starts today; and what you need to know about tear gas.

Top athletes are championing the defense of human rights. Naomi Osaka, who has won the US Open Tennis championship, Lewis Hamilton, and NFL players have used their visibility to denounce racist police brutality in the US.

In Belarus, people keep protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko despite his ongoing efforts to crush dissent. On Sunday, more that 100,000 people marched in the capital, Minsk, and many others joined demonstrations happening all over the country. 

Israeli authorities have held the body of a Palestinian man, Ahmed Erekat, for more than ten weeks after officers killed him seemingly without justification at a checkpoint. Preventing Erekat’s family from burying their son in a dignified manner is cruel and without legal justification.

Iran authorities executed wrestler Navid Afkari, who confessed to crimes under torture. This cruel act shows an utter disregard for the most fundamental human rights norms.

Afghans who have endured decades of violence and abuses deserve more than vague promises to uphold human rights. All participants in any future Afghan government should commit to institutions and processes to uphold women’s rights and a free press, end torture in custody, and ensure justice for abuses.

The United Nations Human Rights Council convenes today, with many important situations to address. So far, it has agreed to hold un urgent debate on Belarus. 

And here's what you need to now about tear gas - which is being misused in many countries to disperse protests.