Friday, September 30

Tag: Human Rights

Police in Hong Kong warn over vigil as Tiananmen ‘erased’ | Politics News
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Police in Hong Kong warn over vigil as Tiananmen ‘erased’ | Politics News

For the first time, Hong Kong will not host an official memorial for the victims of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 as the city’s national security law takes full effect. Every year for more than three decades, Hong Kong people have gathered in Victoria Park for a candlelit ceremony with songs and speeches to mark the day on June 4 when the military brought a brutal end to months-long democracy protests in the heart of Beijing. Attendees braved pandemic protocols against public gatherings to gather in small numbers to mark the day in 2020, but at the end of that month Beijing imposed a national security law on the territory and no formal vigil was held last year. Ahead of this year’s anniversary, Hong Kong police again warned residents not to organize or attend events in Victori...
Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News
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Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News

Two dissident artists have faced their first day of trial in Cuba after being detained nearly a year ago, in an ongoing judicial process that human rights groups have labelled a “farce” and a “circus”. Police and security forces surrounded the court in Havana on Monday, while a small group of family members was allowed access to the courthouse, an official from Cuba’s International Press Center told the Reuters news agency. The activists, Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo, are prominent members of the Havana-based San Isidro Movement, an artists collective that led several protests before many of the group left Cuba, alleging repression. Otero Alcantara, 34, is accused of defaming the national flag, contempt and public disorder, and faces seven years in jail, according to a M...
As El Salvador’s arrest wave continues, families live in worry | Politics News
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As El Salvador’s arrest wave continues, families live in worry | Politics News

Alexander Eduvay Guzman Molina’s daughters want to know when he will be coming home. They have not seen their father, a 45-year-old teacher, since he was arrested by Salvadoran police on March 27 during the country’s continuing state of exception, which authorities say aims to crack down on gangs and gang-related violence. Guzman Molina has been accused of “illicit association”, but a relative told Al Jazeera the charges are unfounded. Now, the family fears for his safety, as Guzman Molina has missed his physical therapy appointments for a bone fracture in his hand and never made it to a doctor’s appointment after being told he was vulnerable to suffering a stroke. “I’m worried that they aren’t giving him medical attention and that something could happen to him,” his relative, who asked no...