Hong Kong lawmakers, activists respond to extradition bill withdrawal

World 09/04/19, 16:50

Pro-democracy legislators and activists on Wednesday, Sept. 4, denounced Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s announcement to withdraw the controversial China extradition bill that triggered months of massive demonstrations. They said Lam’s concession came “too little” and “too late." Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo condemned Lam’s bid to address public grievances. Lam’s offer ...

Pro-democracy lawmakers: Lam ‘trashing’ Hong Kong traditional values

World 08/27/19, 15:30

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Aug. 27, condemned Hong Chief Executive Carrie Lam for “trashing all the conventional, traditional values" of the territory. The legislators denounced Lam for threatening to silence pro-democracy voices with executive orders that would give her "sweeping” and “unlimited powers.” Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo criticized Lam ...

HK activists use creative strategies in protests

World 07/19/19, 14:49

Hong Kong young activists are no greenhorns when it comes to protests. As another huge rally is organized for Sunday, protesters’ strategies are getting more creative. From hand signs to colorful post-it notes, these young activists have fine-tuned their tactics since the 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy demonstrations. Another large march is planned ...

How doctors have become murderers in Communist-ruled China

China 07/04/19, 16:41

An independent tribunal in the UK recently attracted widespread news coverage after announcing a judgment that the Chinese Communist regime is killing its detained citizens for organs. A 60-page summary of the judgment was released on June 17, 2019, by The Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners Of Conscience ...

Thousands participate in Hong Kong’s July 1 mass protest march

China 07/02/19, 12:43

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong people gathered on Monday afternoon for the annual July 1 march that is held on the anniversary of Britain's return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. This year’s event had a massive turnout of people more than previous years. The pro-democracy protesters were demanding ...

Thousands rally outside Hong Kong Police Headquarters

Trending 06/27/19, 11:17

Thousands of residents participated in Hong Kong’s rally on Wednesday night, June 26, to oppose the proposed extradition bill that they fear will take away the city’s freedom. They were rallying to appeal to world leaders at the G-20 Osaka summit that will bring together the U.S. President Donald J. Trump ...

UN rights chief highlights human rights violations around the world

Europe 06/25/19, 13:26

Speaking at a meeting in Geneva on Monday, June 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet emphasized human rights violations in several regions of the world. Bachelet expressed disappointment at Saudi Arabia's response to a report by an independent U.N. human rights expert last week criticizing the ...

Slave labor, sex workers: The scourge of the world continues

World 06/24/19, 16:33

There are 25 million adults and children suffering from labor and sex trafficking all over the world, including in the United States, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released their annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TPR), showing that globally, traffickers are “robbing a staggering ...

Freed Hong Kong pro-democracy activist asks Lam to resign

China 06/19/19, 14:38

An activist for pro-democracy group Demosisto and a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, Joshua Wong was released from prison. Wong urged Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam to withdraw the extradition amendment and to step down. Speaking to reporters immediately after he left the Lai Chi Kok Correctional ...

Drop the bill, says Hong Kong ex-leader Anson Chan

China 06/17/19, 10:19

Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary Anson Chan said on Friday, June 14, that the territory's current government should drop the proposed extradition bill that has triggered massive weeklong protests. Chan said this past week’s protests involving hundreds of thousands of local residents indicates more than "the Hong Kong spirit at its ...

Pro-democracy lawmakers condemn Hong Kong government

China 06/14/19, 12:41

A group of nine pro-democratic lawmakers condemned the Hong Kong government for describing Wednesday's mass protest on the island nation as a riot. The legislators were specifically referring to comments made by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Lam who had insisted she must push ahead with ...

Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov is free

Europe 06/12/19, 12:22

The Russian Interior Affairs Ministry has, under public pressure, dropped drug-dealing charges against a prominent investigative journalist, in a sudden turn of events. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev surprised the nation and the world on Tuesday after announcing that all charges against investigative journalist, Ivan Golunov, had been dropped because police had ...

Russian investigative journalist detained on drug charges sparks protests

Europe 06/10/19, 12:31

A prominent Russian investigative journalist was arrested and allegedly beaten while in detention. Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Latvia-based Meduza online news agency, was charged with drug dealing. Four grams of synthetic stimulant mephedrone was found in his backpack, while a second bag and scales were confiscated later from ...

Former AP journalist reflects on Tiananmen Square Massacre

China 06/03/19, 10:56

June 4, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Former Associated Press (AP) journalist Jeff Widener, who was present at the scene to cover the story, recollects his experience of the events unfolding in front of his eyes. Thirty years have passed since the Chinese Communist regime ...

Chinese pro-democracy activists recount 1989 June 4th crackdown

China 06/03/19, 09:19

Thirty years have passed since the June 4 Tiananmen Square protests. Former Chinese pro-democracy activists speak about how the 1989 student-led demonstrations in Beijing have left a lasting impact on their lives. Lawyer and former student protester Pu Zhiqiang called that time a "forbidden zone" that has been wiped from Chinese ...