Automated Hardship in the UK: Daily Brief

Tech-driven overhaul of UK social security system worsens poverty; Amnesty International India has had to suspend operations; rising numbers of police killings in the Philippines; Cyprus pushing back refugees from Lebanon; concerns for civilians in renewed Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; festival fears in Ethiopia; EU caving in to Hungary's dictatorship; domestic violence law signals hope for Kuwait’s women; and looking forward to a new "DAWN" for democracy in the Arab world.

The UK government’s rigid insistence on automating the "Universal Credit" benefit system threatens the rights of people most at risk of poverty.

Amnesty International India has had to suspend operations after its bank accounts were frozen by the authorities.

New data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s monitoring system shows rising numbers of killings by police.

Cypriot coast guard forces summarily pushed back, abandoned, expelled, or returned more than 200 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers coming from Lebanon during the first week of September 2020 without giving them the opportunity to lodge asylum claims. 

Renewed fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh is sparking fresh concerns for civilians caught in the conflict.

This year's Irreecha harvest festival in Oromo, Ethiopia, will occur against the backdrop of escalating tensions and unrest in the region.

It appears that a new proposal intended to link EU funds to respect for the rule of law - a core EU value particularly absent in Hungary and Poland these days - is sadly being watered down.

A new domestic violence law signals hope for Kuwait’s women.

Before he was brutally murdered by Saudi agents in a Saudi consulate, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was setting up an organization to promote democracy in the region. That organization, Democracy for the Arab World Now, is launching today.