Stand with Saudi Women Activists: Daily Brief

Saudi women activists remain behind bars while Saudi Arabia hosts Women20Summit; child offenders in Saudi Arabia face death penalty; authorities in Thailand and Cuba target social media; Nigerians continue to protest against police brutality; Congolese rebel commander remains at large despite arrest warrant; Sri Lanka should ban anal examinations; and the US Supreme Court denies bid to limit mail-in voting in critical swing state.

While its own women activists sit behind bars, the Saudi government will be hosting the Women20 Summit (W20) this week. W20 attendees should use the platform to speak up for these courageous women and refuse to play a role in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to divert attention from other serious abuses.

Meanwhile, Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for eight Saudi child offenders for protest-related crimes.

As Thai pro-democracy protesters remain defiant, taking to the streets and calling for the resignation of the government and reforms to curb the powers of the monarchy, Thai authorities move to ban messaging apps and shut down media outlets.

Cuba’s government has a well-documented history of harassing dissidents, journalists, and opposition party members. Now it has a new target: social media influencers.

Thousands of Nigerians continue to protest against police brutality.

Congolese authorities have failed to arrest a rebel commander wanted for multiple crimes even as his forces have continued to carry out summary killings, rapes and sexual slavery, extortion, and forced recruitment of children.

The Sri Lankan government should ban the use of forced anal examinations as evidence for homosexual conduct and stop prosecuting people for consensual same-sex conduct.

And lastly, the US Supreme Court is allowing Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, denying an effort to limit mail-in-voting in the critical swing state. It's a positive step now, but there are also fears that next time, things could be different.