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This Week’s Spotlight on Human Rights

Records Show DC and Federal Law Enforcement Sharing Surveillance Info on Racial Justice Protests

A public records lawsuit brought by the Brennan Center and Data for Black Lives revealed that the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) collaborated with federal law enforcement agencies to surveil protestors in 2020 and 2021. We obtained over 700,000 pages of documents showing that the agencies shared information uncovered from social media platforms connected to racial justice protests on mass email chains, and they characterized protesters and activists as threats.

Outdated Laws Stalling Progress on Women’s Rights in 20 Countries Across Africa – Study

Discriminatory family laws across parts of Africa are stalling progress on women’s rights in some countries, according to new research. The human rights organisation Equality Now studied family law and practices in 20 African countries and found progress in recent decades, but said inequalities persisted in marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance and property laws.

How 360,000 Haitians Wound Up Living in Empty Lots and Crowded Schools

Hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti are on the run from rampant gang violence and have abandoned their homes, a worsening humanitarian crisis that the United Nations describes as “cataclysmic.” Masses of homeless families dodging gang members who burned down their houses and killed their neighbors have taken over dozens of schools, churches and even government buildings. Many places have no running water, flushing toilets or garbage pickup.

Venezuela’s 2024 Presidential Vote: What to Know

The outcome of Venezuela’s presidential election, which will take place on July 28, will be consequential for the future of the country’s democracy, as well as for the more than seven million Venezuelans who have abandoned the country and have contributed to a migrant surge in the United States.