Saudi ‘Image Laundering’ Shouldn't Fool You: Daily Brief

Plus: Myanmar elections flawed; Merkel should reject Orbán’s blackmail; lawsuit challenges Trump's sanctions on International Criminal Court; UK's care home residents abandoned in early stages of pandemic; harsh sentences for alleged Hizb-ut-Tahrir followers in Russia; and the women leading Belarus' protests.

What do Nicki MinajEmily RatajkowskiMartha HuntJohn Cena, and Daniel Bryan have in common? They have all declined trips to Saudi Arabia, citing its terrible human rights record. Human Rights Watch has now launched a global campaign to counter Saudi government efforts to whitewash its dismal rights record.

Myanmar’s electoral process is undermined by systemic problems and rights abuses that will deprive people of their right to fairly elect their government - in the first elections since 2015. “She [Aung San Suu Kyi] knows that real democracy cannot flourish in an apartheid regime imposed on the Rohingya,” says Brad Adams, HRW's Asia director.

It's time for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reject Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s blackmail and secure a tool that can truly uphold the EU’s democratic values for years to come.

On June 11, President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order that authorized asset freezes and family entry to be imposed against certain International Criminal Court officials and other assisting them. Now, the Open Society Justice Initiative, together with four law professors, has filed a complaint before a US federal court alleging the executive order violates plaintiffs’ rights under the US constitution.

A new Amnesty report documents how United Kingdom's care home residents were effectively abandoned in the early stages of the pandemic. 

Around 300 people are serving harsh prison sentences in Russia and Russia-occupied Crimea on convictions related to Hizb-ut-Tahrir - an Islamic organization banned in Russia since 2003 - absent any link to violence. Russia should not be locking people up because of their beliefs, and the prosecution of those accused of acts of violence should adhere to fair trial standards.

And learn more about the brave women leading the protests in Belarus.