July 17, 2017

An Iranian court has sentenced an American graduate student to 10 years in prison for spying, the judiciary’s official news agency reported Sunday. 

A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary who announced the case on Sunday did not name the person or give any details about when...

July 16, 2017

Associate Professor Koray Çalışkan, who was detained on July 10 as part of an investigation targeting 72 people including 20 university academics, has been released under house arrest, the Cumhuriyet daily reported on Friday.

Police teams on Monday detained 42 people at...

April 12, 2016

A Bahraini teachers’ union leader, who was arrested and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment before an “unfair” military court in 2011, has been released after five years.

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the founder and leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association, was freed last week.


April 12, 2016

On March 31, 2016 members of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) temporarily detained Professor Benjamin Scharifker, rector of the Universidad Metropolitana.

PNB members reportedly approached Professor Scharifker while he was out on a morning jog.  After questioning hi...

February 22, 2016

Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region have given the go-ahead for relatives of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti permission to visit him in prison, where he is held in a cell on his own and has access to daily necessities and reading matter, his...

January 26, 2016

Associate Professor Battal Odabaşı from İstanbul Aydın University has been fired for signing a declaration that calls for the restoration of peace and an end to ongoing military operations in the Southeast.

The university's official ordered Odabaşı to rem...

January 12, 2016

Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a student protestor who is being hospitalised at Yangon General Hospital, was charged for additional crimes under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law by the Lanmadaw Township Police Force on Monday. He was also charged with addition...

The trial of Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang drew condemnation from human-rights groups and foreign diplomats on Monday. Pu joins a long list of civil society activists, free-speech advocates, feminists and intellectuals who have been detained, arrested or sent to prison in...

December 1, 2015

One woman died and about 30 people were injured, some critically when a attack drill at Strathmore University in Nairobi caused panic among hundreds of students and staff.

"We can confirm we have one fatality this evening. One staff member by name Esther Kidambi, a...

December 1, 2015

A 21-year-old college student has been arrested for threatening to “execute aproximately (sic) 16 white male students and or staff” at the University of Chicago, and then “any number of white policemen,” to avenge the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, according to a c...

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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

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