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September 20, 2018

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On January 10, 2016, 1,128 academics published a declaration titled “We will not be party to this crime” on behalf of the Academics for Peace initiative protesting state violence against the Kurdish population in Southeast Turkey. With the participation...

December 4, 2017

A Turkish academic on hunger strike for nearly nine months to protest her dismissal after last year’s failed coup has been released from jail. 

Nuriye Gulmen, 35, was sentenced to six years and three months in jail for being a member of the militant leftist DHKP-C group...

November 19, 2017

Veli Saçılık, a friend of the Turkish professor Nuriye Gülmen who started a hunger strike in order to protest her dismissal under state of emergency decree-laws issued after a failed coup in Turkey last year, stated that Gülmen is now just 37 kg (81 lbs). Saçılık said...

October 23, 2017

A judge in Tehran has ordered the death penalty for Iranian disaster-medicine researcher Ahmadreza Djalali, according to his wife Vida Mehrannia and diplomatic sources in Italy.

The 45-year-old professor, who taught at the European Master in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) in...

June 29, 2016

Hearings resume this week in the case of seven Moroccan journalists accused of violating national security.  The defendants are accused of attempting to compromise citizens’ loyalty to the government and tarnish Morocco’s image by raining citizen journalists to use a s...

January 16, 2016

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist imprisoned in Iran for more than a year, has been released along with three other dual-nationality prisoners as Tehran prepares to implement a historic nuclear agreement with western leaders.

Ahead of senior diplomats a...

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Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths


China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong