China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, and has increased military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claims. Taiwan’s president has urged China to curb its “military adventurism” as tensions between the two sides reach their highest level in years. Beijing has ramped up military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai Ing-wen cameContinue reading “Taiwan urges China to curb its ‘military adventurism’”
Many regions in Asia saw challenges to their democratic form of governance in 2021. But there were always people who stood up to abuses of power. We look at how in Myanmar, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines.
Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell accuses Myanmar’s military rulers of carrying out an ‘appalling act of violence’ in Kayah State. The European Union has called for an international arms embargo on Myanmar’s military government and for toughening its own sanctions following last week’s massacre of more than 35 people. The killings took place on Christmas EveContinue reading “EU backs international arms embargo after killings in Myanmar”
In Sudan thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Khartoum and other cities, demanding a transition to civilian rule. The rallies come two months after a military coup. The civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has since been reinstated, but the pro-democracy movement wants a government completely free from military control.
Only around half a dozen stickers – dating back to the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests – were still stuck on the message boards when HKFP visited on Friday. A pro-democracy message board at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been reduced to a blank wall after school authorities stripped off protest posters andContinue reading “Student ‘Democracy Wall’ disappears as Hong Kong’s Chinese University removes protest posters”
Site of the Pillar of Shame at city’s oldest university under guard after workmen cut up statue Hong Kong’s oldest university and the territory’s authorities have been accused of rewriting history after cutting up and removing a statue mourning those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The erasure of the memorial from where itContinue reading “Outcry as memorial to Tiananmen Square victims removed from Hong Kong University”
In its latest report on the state of journalism in China, Reporters Without Borders says “the repression no longer spares Hong Kong, once a champion of press freedom.” A prominent international media watchdog says press freedom in Hong Kong is in “free fall,” as it voices concern over the increasing sophistication with which the ChineseContinue reading “Hong Kong press freedom is in ‘free fall’ as China’s journalism crackdown goes global, says Reporters Without Borders”
A man shot dead by Belarusian security forces in a raid on an apartment block was an employee of EPAM Systems, a U.S.- based software firm, the company said on Thursday. Belarusian authorities reported that KGB officers shot dead a 31-year-old man and arrested his wife on Tuesday after he resisted law enforcement officers. TheyContinue reading “Man killed by Belarus security forces worked for U.S.-based EPAM -firm”
Children as young as 20 weeks old are being seized to force opponents to hand themselves in Myanmar’s military junta is systematically abducting the relatives of people it is seeking to arrest, including children as young as 20 weeks old, according the UN special rapporteur for the country. Tom Andrews told the UN Human RightsContinue reading “Myanmar junta abducting children of people targeted for arrest, says UN expert”
Hong Kong authorities arrested the authors of a children’s book this week and accused them of sedition. The book, “Defenders of Sheep Village,” explores the politics of a protest movement, facing off against an increasingly assertive China using animals. Nick Schifrin has the story.