23 Nov 2021

Hong Kong jails 20-year-old activist under national security law

Tony Chung, the 20-year-old former leader of the Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism was sentenced to 43 months in prison for attempting to promote separation from China and money laundering. Chung was charged under the sweeping national security law in October of 2020 and denied bail. Chung was allegedly detained

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03 Aug 2021

Head of Belarus exiles group found dead in Ukraine

Vitaly Shishov, the head of a group helping people who have fled to Belarus, has been found dead near his home in Ukraine. His body was found hanged in a park in Kyiv, just one day after he failed to return home after leaving to go on a run. Police

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27 Jul 2021

First person charged under national security law found guilty in Hong Kong

In a landmark ruling, the first person to be charged under the controversial Hong Kong national security law imposed by China has been found guilty. The man, Tong Ying-kit, was charged with inciting secession and terrorism after he rode a motorbike into police while flying a flag calling for the

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29 Jun 2021

Palestinians demand end to Abbas presidency after activist dies during ‘brutal beating and arrest’

Across the West Bank, large demonstrations were held calling for an end to the Palestinian Authority and the presidency of Mahmoud Abbas due to the death of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat. Banat died while in the custody of PA security forces on Thursday morning after allegedly being brutally beaten to

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01 Apr 2021

Hong Kong court convicts media tycoon Jimmy Lai and other activists over peaceful protest

On Thursday, a Hong Kong court convicted pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and eight other prominent activists. The convictions were due to the individuals’ roles in an unauthorized assembly at the peak of the 2019 protests that followed the imposition of new, strict laws on Hong Kong, threatening its autonomy.

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16 Feb 2021

Hong Kong Trial of Nine Pro-Democracy Activists Begins

On Tuesday, nine veteran pro-democracy activists appeared together in court in Hong Kong due to charges related to the organization and participation in mass protests against the national security law imposed on the region in 2019. The trial stands out for the number of defendants facing prosecution and the prominence

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04 Dec 2020

Egypt Frees Human Rights Advocates After International Pressure

After three weeks of international pressure, Egypt has authorized the release of three well known human rights advocates. The release occurred yesterday, and free three Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights employees; Mohammed Basheer, Gasser Abdel Razek, and Karim Ennarah. The three individuals were members of a well known civil rights

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20 Nov 2020

UN condemns detention of human rights advocates in Egypt

The UN’s human rights agency has publicly condemned Egypt’s arrest of three members of a top rights group, calling the arrests human rights violations. The UN also accused Egypt of targeting activities to promote a weak civil society. The arrested men include Gasser Abdel-Razek, the head of the Egyptian Initiative

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28 Oct 2020

Hong Kong teenage activist detained after reportedly planning to claim asylum at US consulate

A teenage Hong Kong activist was arrested near the US consulate before entering to claim asylum, according to local media reports. The young man faces secession charges under the fairly new national security law and was detained on Tuesday. In total, three young adults under the age of 21 were

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