#FreeLoujain and #FreeAhmed Mansoor: Daily Brief

Human rights defenders Ahmed Mansoor and Loujain al-Hathloul should be released by rulers in UAE and Saudi Arabia; how to tackle sexual violence in South Asia; global horror at Chinese government repression is growing; new essay on lockdown in chains; end the killings in Libya; DR Congo’s massacre survivors deserve justice; serious police abuses against protesters; and new campaign urges France to fight sexual harassment and violence at work.

The  authorities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should immediately release the unjustly jailed human rights defenders Loujain al-Hathloul and Ahmed Mansoor.

South Asian governments should disregard populist death penalty rhetoric and listen to their own experts to prevent sexual violence against women.

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic grounded much of the world, lockdown, confinement, violence, and isolation was the daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities around the world. Why? Simply because they have a mental health condition—a psychosocial disability.

To end the killings in Libya, the cost balance needs to change.

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not brought to justice those responsible for the massacres of ethnic Banunu in Yumbi territory two years ago.

The Peruvian National Police committed multiple abuses against mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting the ousting of then-President Martín Vizcarra last month.

France, which intends to play a leadership role on gender equality globally, should accelerate measures to end gender-based violence and harassment at work in its own country