18 Feb 2021

Belarus jails Belsat TV journalists for filming protest

A Belarus court has ruled to jail two TV journalists for documenting protests against the country’s leader, Alexander Lukashenko. The two journalists, Daria Chultsova and Katerina Andreyeva, were arrested in a Minsk apartment block in November for live streaming an unauthorized protest. The women previously worked for the Poland-based Belsat

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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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12 Feb 2021

As Huawei Talks Stall, Detention of Two Canadians in China Drags On

Two Canadian nationals apprehended in Beijing have remained there for two years, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. The two Canadians have been at the center of a high-stakes standoff between Canada, the US, and China. The men have been accused of espionage and jailed for the duration

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11 Feb 2021

European rights advocate asks Russia to explain police action over protests

A European human rights advocacy group, the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, has called on Russia to explain reports of abuse and use of excessive force by Russian law enforcement to disperse anti-Kremlin protests sparked by the arrest of Alexei Navalny, a key opposition leader. The agency reminded Moscow

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29 Jan 2021

Alexei Navalny’s Request to Leave Jail Denied by Russian Court Ahead of Protests

On Thursday, a Russian court denied requests to free detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a key figure in Russia’s opposition movement who was recently released from a German hospital after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. Authorities also extended their crackdown on Navalny’s inner circle, arresting his brother Oleg,

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29 Jan 2021

Thailand arrests 89 foreign tourists for violating Covid-19 rules

On Tuesday night, Thai law enforcement arrested roughly 89 foreigners for breaching Covid-19 restrictions after raiding a party at a bar on a popular resort island. The raid also included the arrest of 22 Thais. The bar in question, 360 Bar on Koh Phangan, is located on the Gulf of

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22 Jan 2021

Russia detains Navalny aides as protests go viral

After arresting Alexei Navalny earlier this week immediately following his release from a hospital in Berlin, where he was recovering after being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok, Russian police have detained his close aides. Navalny’s supporters have flooded social media with calls to protest against his and his aides’

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06 Jan 2021

National security law: Mass arrests among Hong Kong pro-democracy camp

A new security law has been posed to curb the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. On Wednesday, there were mass arrests while there was an unofficial election to select candidates before the 2020 elections that have been postponed. 53 people were arrested after 1,000 national security officers were deployed. Police

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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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04 Sep 2020

Women’s Rights Activists Face Fresh Threat in Egypt After Arrests

In Egypt, women’s rights activists are facing a new threat following the arrest of witnesses and activists campaigning for several accused rapists to be prosecuted. People knowledgeable on the situation stated that authorities detained six people in the past few days, including those who offered evidence on a gang-rape accusation

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