Freedom of Belief and Expression

May 14, 2020

Iraqi Kurdistan: UNAMI Chief Calls for Free Expression and Political Unity

United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) chief Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that freedom of expression and political unity in the Kurdistan region are of critical importance. Although the high-level diplomat did not specify what tensions were being referenced, relations between the political parties in the Kurdistan region have been notably...

May 14, 2020

Iraqi Kurdistan: UNAMI Chief Calls for Free Expression...

United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) chief Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that freedom of expression and political unity in the Kurdistan region...

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May 11, 2020

Crimean Tatars: Community Over-represented in...

Despite constituting only 11% of the population on the Crimean peninsula, Crimean Tatars are significantly over-represented in arrest and imprisonment figures in Russian-occupied Crimea. According to some...

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May 10, 2020

Tibet: Political Prisoner Dies in China after...

Former Tibetan political activist Choekyi died at his home in China’s Sichuan province after the authorities repeatedly denied him medial treatment after harsh treatment in prison. Choukyi was arrested...

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May 08, 2020

Hmong: Christians Harrased By Government

The Christian minority in Laos remains subject to harassment and discrimination by local officials, in spite of an updated law protecting religious freedoms. In Luang Prabang province, religious rights...

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May 04, 2020

Tibet: Free Panchen Lama!

UNPO calls on China to immediately release the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima became the world’s youngest political prisoner and has not been seen since...

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May 03, 2020

Coronavirus: China & Religious Oppresion

The Chinese Communist Party is using the COVID-19 outbreak to introduce legislation in Tibet, which further limits Tibetan and Uyghur rights and is enforcing a Chinese-centric way of life in Tibet and...

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Apr 30, 2020

Barotseland: Kenneth Kaunda's Birthday Shouldn't...

While Zambia and the international community celebrate Kenneth Kaunda’s 96th Birthday, most Barotse people will choose to frown upon the man they consider responsible for Barotseland’s...

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Apr 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Indonesia's Acheh Holds Public...

In the far north-west of Indonesia, authorities in the Acheh province are continuing to execute corporal punishments in public according to Sharia, despite the government introducing a ban on mass...

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