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Five Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters seek asylum in United States

Five Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters seek asylum in United States

Five Hong Kong protesters who reportedly fled to Taiwan by boat six months ago have arrived in the United States and intend to seek asylum, according to an activist group.The activists, all under the age of 30,, and escaped the city by boat in July last year, the Washington, DC-based Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC) said. t after Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in June that makes it easier to crack down on dissent in the Chinese city. In recent weeks, police have arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists and former lawmakers in Hong Kong. The HKDC statement didn't...

Jan 17
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Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over Wuhan coronavirus reports

Chinese citizen journalist jailed for four years over Wuhan coronavirus reports

A Chinese court sentenced a citizen journalist to four years in prison on Monday for her uncensored reports from Wuhan during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.Zhang Zhan, 37, appeared in court in Shanghai in a wheelchair because of her deteriorating health. She began a hunger strike in late June to protest her detention, and has been , according to her lawyers.Ms Zhang was found guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble after a brief hearing, according to one of her defence lawyers, Ren Quanniu. She had faced up to five years on the charge, which authorities regularly use...

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Fashion brands urged to ban Uighur-picked cotton

Fashion brands urged to ban Uighur-picked cotton

Fashion brands urged to ban Uighur-picked cottoncloseAdvertisementBy Log in, or to save articles for later.Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeLondon: British high street brands are under pressure from human rights campaigners to ban cotton picked in the Chinese region that is home to its oppressed Uighur population.It came after reports revealed at least half a million Muslims were being forced to work in the fields of Xinjiang amid an ongoing anti-Muslim crackdown by Beijing that has seen people detained and put into so-called re-education camps.Campaigners say retailers'...

Dec 16
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