China fires back after US calls it home to worst human rights crises
China used to express its anger whenever the United States would mention its religious crackdown, and this time was no exception. U.S. officials labeled it “home to one of the worst human rights crises” in modern history. the U.S. Department of State held the Ministerial Conference to Advance Religious Freedom in ...
When meditating is called a crime
We celebrate anniversaries of positive things, such as man walking on the moon 50 years ago. But for the anniversary of something negative, what should we do? And what if that negative thing continues today? Twenty years ago, on July 20, 1999, the authorities began detaining, torturing, and sometimes killing people in ...
Pompeo launches advisory panel to evaluate human rights
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday officially launched an advisory panel to re-evaluate the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Pompeo said, “Every once in a while we need to step back and reflect seriously on where we are, where we've been and whether we're headed in ...
Abuses by China remain hidden say experts as foreign entities aid communists in suppression
As remembrances of the 30-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre continue, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony from experts outlining the worldwide threat of human rights violations that the Chinese regime is imposing within China and abroad. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) explained that although the Tiananmen Square massacre had ...
30 years after Tiananmen massacre, activists urge relinking human rights and trade talks with China
November 1989 marked the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, when thousands of Germans brought down the Berlin Wall—the most visible symbol of the Cold War, built by communists to separate East and West Berlin. The year 1989 also marked an outstanding event in which the communist Party chose a bloody ...
Journalists accuse Syrian government forces of targeting reporters
According to Committee to Protect Journalists, a number of reporters have been injured by suspected pro-government forces in recent days
HRW: Egyptian security forces committed widespread abuses in northern Sinai
Report alleges that security forces, who have been conducting military operations against Islamist insurgents in region, have engaged in unlawful action against civilians
Myanmar grants early release to soldiers involved in Rohingya massacre
Four officers, three enlisted service members were freed last November, Reuters first reported, after being sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing 10 Rohingya men and boys the year before
UN condemns rampant abuse in Syria’s Daraa Governorate
Human rights violations include executions, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and looting and seizure of property
Civilian casualties mount as fighting in Syria’s Idlib province intensifies
At least 105 civilians have been killed since the latest military escalation in Idlib started at the end of April
Turkish rights group turns to art to represent the ‘disappeared’
Rights groups blame the state for hundreds of disappearances dating back decades
Vietnam, EU snub US on trade
Deal is significant not only because it facilitates exports, but also as it lays out commitments on human rights, labor unions, and environmental protection
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Finding Courage’ teaser video worldwide premiere at The BL
A real-life drama that spans 18 years and two continents will emerge on film soon, and you can watch the worldwide premiere of the teaser video here at TheBL.com. FINDING COURAGE TEASER_SWOOP FILMS from SWOOP FILMS on Vimeo. “Finding Courage” tells the story of a family from China who believed deeply in, ...
Reports: Iran’s intel agents detain journalist arrested at May Day rally
Colleagues of Marzieh Amiri at Iran’s Shargh Daily have tweeted that she was arrested at Wednesday’s May Day rally outside parliament in Tehran and sent to Evin Prison’s Ward 209
Myanmar authorities arrest critics even as they pardon prisoners
Activists and satirical performers caught in spate of arrests despite promise to free those with ‘politically related’ cases
S.Korea works for safety of 7 defectors held in China
Group faces abuse or death if forcibly returned to North Korea, activists say
HRH: ‘Mass surveillance app’ used to target Muslims in China’s Xinjiang
Group says the tool monitors people’s movements by tracing their phones, vehicles, and ID cards, and notes “suspicious” behavior like whether an individual fails to socialize with their neighbors or uses an “unusual” amount of electricity
UN panel: South Sudan killed activists
Activists in South Sudan concluded the disappearance of the two critics was the workings of authorities in South Sudan and Kenya
Growing concerns over Saudi Arabia’s rights abuses
Saudi Arabia has seen a growing increase of rights violations, including mass executions, since powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman assumed power in 2017, experts say
Activists urge China to not repatriate N.Korean defectors
Group of seven North Koreans detained in China’s Liaoning Province
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