Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions live in chains; pro-democracy protests in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus are being heard; migrants pushed back illegally in Greece; Egyptian authorities should investigate death in police custody; Kurdish authorities close offices of independent media outlet; Canadian child orphaned in Syria returns home; and International Monetary Fund should adopt policies that reduce poverty.
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In breaking news, Kyrgyzstan’s central election commission has annulled the results of last Sunday’s parliamentary election, meeting a key demand by pro-democracy protesters who had stormed parliament this morning.
The Kurdish authorities’ illegal and seemingly politically motivated closure of two offices of private media outlet NRT follows a pattern of regional government attacks on the media and other critical voices.
And lastly: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has started locking countries into new long-term austerity-conditioned programs that threaten to worsen poverty and inequality. The Fund should rethink the conditions it is placing on its loans in the Covid-19 era, 504 organizations said in a statement released today.