Taiwan president saddened by Hong Kong activist rulings
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has said she was saddened by the news that three Hong Kong pro-democracy activists — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam – have been jailed for their activism."These brave young people are symbols of freedom and democracy in Hong Kong, values that we will never stop fighting for," Tsai said on Twitter."We hope that our friends in Hong Kong will not give in to fear and let their vision slip away," Tsai said in a photo attached on Twitter."It is not time to lose hope, as democratic Taiwan will stand with the people in Hong Kong and stand by our democratic values," ...
Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow & Ivan Lam jailed over 2019 ‘unauthorised assembly’
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam have been sentenced to prison for organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly outside the police headquarters in Wan Chai last June.The trio attended the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday after pleading guilty to their roles in the siege of the police base on Arsenal Street last June 21.Wong was sentenced to 13.5 months in prison whilst Chow received 10 months, and Lam was handed seven months behind bars.The trio had been remanded in custody for over a week after appearing in court last Monday.According to ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Activism and taking up arms vs government are different things, CHR stresses
Activism and taking up arms vs government are different things, CHR stressesMANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday stressed that activists using legal means of advocacy and protest should not be included in “sweeping generalizations” as those who take up arms against the government.CHR, which has been cautioning against the practice of red-tagging, once again advised the government against labelling individuals or groups as rebels or enemies of the state.“The CHR does not really delve into who is communist or not. That is something we are clear about. We would just lik...
Meet the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners
Six grassroots environmental activists will receive the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in a virtual ceremony this year. Dubbed the “Green Nobel Prize,” this award is given annually to environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continents.This year’s winners include an Indigenous Mayan beekeeper who led a coalition to ban genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states, a French activist who pressured France’s three largest banks to stop financing coal, a woman who harnessed youth activism to enact a ban on single-use plastics in the Bahamas, an Indigenous Waorani wom...
Defiant protesters hit streets in south Iraq for second day
Anti-government protesters defied lockdowns and the threat of violence to demonstrate on Saturday in several Iraqi cities, with new clashes with security forces claiming the life of one protester.Tensions were high in several Iraqi cities, a day after clashes between the dwindling members of the October 2019 anti-government protest movement and supporters of populist Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.Sadr had called on his followers to hit the streets in a show of force on Friday, prompting tens of thousands to turn out in the capital Baghdad and other cities.In the southern hotspot of Nasiriyah, anti-...
Concerns in US after two Saudi activists referred to terrorism court
The US Department of State expressed concerns about the transfer of Saudi activists Loujain Al-Hathloul and Samar Badawi to a Saudi terrorism court, amid a wave of criticism among US lawmakers of the kingdom's human rights record.The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) announced on Twitter: "We are concerned by reports that the cases of Loujain Al-Hathloul and Samar Badawi have been transferred to a terrorism court," adding that "activism on behalf of women's rights is not a crime."The NEA stated that it was alarmed by the allegations of abuse against Al-Hathloul and Badawi and the lack of tr...
The Middle East Monitor
Twelve Hong Kong fugitives to face prosecution in China after three months in detention
Twelve Hong Kong pro-democracy activists detained in Chinese waters while trying to flee to Taiwan are set to face prosecution after three months in detention on the mainland.Police in the Yantian district of Shenzhen said on Friday they had completed investigations into the case of the 12, who were captured by Chinese coastguards on August 23 while fleeing on a speedboat.Most of those aboard were facing criminal charges in Hong Kong for offences linked to last year’s pro-democracy protests.One of the fugitives was activist Andy Li, who was arrested on August 10 on suspicion of breaching the B...
Hong Kong Free Press
F1's Lewis Hamilton raises human rights issues amid appeals from Bahrain activists
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been praised for speaking out on human rights abuses in F1 hosting countries following calls by three Bahraini political prisoners to highlight the issue.Following his seventh world championship in Turkey earlier this month, equalling F1 legend Michael Schumacher's world titles, Hamilton said that his future in the sport rests on it cleaning up its act, stating: "I would love to stay, but we realise we have got to face, and not ignore, the human-rights issues in the countries that we go to — not just 20 or 30 years from now, but now. I want to help Merce...
The Middle East Monitor
Giza pyramids light up in orange in solidarity with activists against gender-based violence
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) and the UN Women Egypt Country Office lit up in orange the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx on Wednesday to kick off a joint campaign titled “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.”The international campaign extends from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, International Human Rights Day.According to a statement by the NCW, the orange color represents a future that is free from all forms of violence against women worldwide.Throughout the campaign, iconic buildings and monum...
Abuse against women still prevalent
In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it might be worthwhile to review the current situation of violence against women in Thailand.Like many other Asian countries, Thailand is a patriarchal society in which women are generally tied to the role of family caretaker which usually means raising children and...
The Bangkok Post