Horror and Hope in Belarus: Daily Brief

Shocking new accounts of abuses by security forces in Belarus, yet massive protests continue; humanitarian aid blocked in Yemen; deaths of prisoners with disabilities in Western Australia; Bangladesh fails to uphold pledge to Rohingya refugees; yet another attack on media freedom in Hungary; tortured and executed in Iran; and China's attempts to disrupt the international system for protecting human rights.

A new report details the horrific, systematic abuse of protesters and others by security forces in Belarus. But if the goal of the torture and ill treatment was to silence the protests, the authorities have failed: hundreds of thousands keep pouring out into the streets.

The Houthi armed group and other authorities are severely restricting the delivery of desperately needed aid in Yemen. The situation is exacerbating the country’s dire humanitarian situation and weakening its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Three suspected suicides in the last four months in Western Australia’s prisons have highlighted the urgent need for better mental health services and support for prisoners with mental health conditions. 

The Bangladesh government has failed to honor its pledge not to involuntarily hold Rohingya refugees on the remote, unprotected island of Bhasan Char.

The authorities in Hungary have yet again attacked media freedom.

Iran's execution of Navid Afkari following a confession obtained by torture shows an utter disregard for the most fundamental human rights norms.

The Chinese government’s increasing engagement with international institutions is a danger for the global human rights system.