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China hauls away activists in congress crackdown
Posted on 7 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BEIJING (AP) - During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her... Read More

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez freed from detention
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she traveled for a Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers) Read More

Amnesty: Saudi activist sentenced to 4 years
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

RIYADH Saudi Arabia (AP) - Amnesty International says a Saudi Arabian court has convicted a prominent rights activist of anti-state crimes and sentenced him to four years in prison. The London-based group says activist Mohammed al-Bajady was tried... Read More

Anti-regime protests sweep Sudan's capital
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

CAIRO (AP) - Riot police fired tear gas and civilians armed with machetes and swords attacked protesters during five days of demonstrations sweeping Khartoum demanding ouster of Sudan's autocratic ruler, a Sudanese opposition leader said Thursday... Read More

Iranian dissidents win 2012 Sakharov prize
Posted on 2 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

STRASBOURG France (AP) - Two Iranian dissidents a lawyer and a film director were awarded the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The European Parliament awarded the prize Friday to Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi. Martin Schulz, the president... Read More

Cuban dissidents denounce threats
Posted on 3 Dec 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

HAVANA (AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez said two plainclothes... Read More

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of papal visit
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues early Sunday, then rounded up more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana. Police took away Bertha Soler and Full version (available... Read More

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei barred from court
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BEIJING (AP) - Police barred artist Ai Weiwei from a hearing on his company's lawsuit against Beijing tax authorites and blocked filming at the courthouse Wednesday as part of an intimidation campaign against the outspoken government critic. Ai... Read More

Germany: Belarus blocks rights official's visit
Posted on 13 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's human rights commissioner says Belarus has blocked his plans to visit the country and meet with a jailed human rights activist. Markus Loening said he also wanted to give authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a letter... Read More

Fang Lizhi, who inspired Chinese dissidents, dies
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BEIJING (AP) - Fang Lizhi, one of China's best-known dissidents whose speeches inspired student protesters throughout the 1980s, has died in the United States, where he fled after China's 1989 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement... Read More

Chinese police may have power to disappear people
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BEIJING (AP) - China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion and some dread over whether the government is about to give police the legal authority to disappear people. At issue is an amendment to the criminal procedure law... Read More

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took... Read More

Lawyer: Bahrain overturns activist's Twitter case
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

MANAMA Bahrain (AP) - A Bahrain judge on Thursday overturned a conviction against a prominent human rights campaigner for posting alleged anti-government comments on social media, but the activist remained jailed while appealing another prison sentence... Read More

Critic of Jordan's king faces possible prosecution
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

AMMAN Jordan (AP) - Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi said Wednesday that he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II, but he denied any wrongdoing and... Read More

Opposition leader sentenced to 8 years in Rwanda
Posted on 2 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

KIGALI Rwanda (AP) - A Rwandan court sentenced the country's top opposition political leader to eight years in prison on Tuesday for treason and on a charge stemming from this central African nation's murderous ethnic attacks 18 years ago ... Read More