UK Refusal to Extradite Assange Is Good News But...: Daily Brief

Mixed news on Assange; Vietnamese journalists on trial for doing their jobs; Singapore government misusing coronavirus pandemic to boost repression; France arrests former DR Congo rebel leader for role re crimes against humanity; US judge blocks Trump sanctions targeting human rights lawyers & the International Criminal Court; and what does continued Republican Party support for Trump mean for US democracy?

The UK has refused to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. It's good news, but only in part...

Three prominent Vietnamese journalists go on trial for doing their jobs. They face up to 20 years in prison. 

Singapore had assured people that its Covid-19 contact-tracing program would only be used for public health purposes and not for criminal investigations. They are now going back on that promise.

France has arrested Roger Lumbala, the former head of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on charges of “complicity in crimes against humanity”.

There's also some good international justice news from the US...

...but the implications for democracy of lame-duck president Donald Trump's graceless exit are worrying.