Trump administration urges China to release high-profile human rights lawyer

World 01/31/19, 14:35

The Trump administration recently expressed concerns over the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) sentencing of a human rights lawyer who is well-known for defending oppressed faith believers in China. In a statement released Jan. 29 the U.S. State Department expressed its "deep concern" over the sentencing of Wang Quanzhang to a four-and-a-half-year prison term ...

Update: Human rights monitor blasts Venezuela sanctions

America 01/31/19, 09:45

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 10:30 a.m. An independent U.N. human rights monitor says economic sanctions are compounding a "grave crisis" in Venezuela. Idriss Jazairy, a special rapporteur focusing on the negative impact of sanctions, expressed concern about "reports" that the U.S. sanctions were "aimed at changing ...

Detained Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4 ½ years

World 01/28/19, 01:33

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a wide-ranging crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 Intermediate Court in the northeastern city of Tianjin ...

Update: UN rights chief calls for Venezuela probes

America 01/25/19, 06:25

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 7:15 a.m. The U.N. human rights chief is calling for independent investigations into violence linked to protests in Venezuela, allegedly involving excessive use of force by security or pro-government forces that reportedly left at least 20 people dead. Michelle Bachelet's office in ...

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

Asia & Pacific 01/17/19, 01:41

Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family.Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on Twitter, her case differs from that of al-Qunun. She has not fled the kingdom, has not ...

Trudeau says China not respecting diplomatic immunity

World 01/12/19, 02:57

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month as he ramped up efforts to get them released. China arrested former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national ...

UN expert: N.Korea nuclear talks should include human rights

Asia & Pacific 01/11/19, 05:17

A U.N. rights investigator said Friday that negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization must also include its abysmal human rights situation. Tomas Ojea Quintana told reporters that he wants North Korea to accept his call for a dialogue on its rights conditions. He said North Korea has not allowed him to visit ...

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