Dec 9, 2016

China's colleges must serve the Communist Party, Xi says

China’s President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the ruling Communist Party from the country’s colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten its hold on education. The government has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” at universities, and in ...

Dec 7, 2016

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish “illegal” content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king. The British broadcaster’s Thai-language service, a relative newcomer, ...

Dec 6, 2016

China slapped with torture claims

China’s parallel justice system for Communist Party members relies heavily on torture and is “abusive and illegal,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday, calling for the network to be abolished. Some 88 million members of the country’s ruling Communist Party are subject to an ...

U.K. Women's Equality Party debuts

Nov 27, 2016

U.K. Women's Equality Party debuts

Britain’s newly formed Women’s Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the “disaster” of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend. The WEP’s debut congress since its formation in March last ...

Repression is Castro's darkest legacy: Amnesty

Nov 27, 2016

Repression is Castro's darkest legacy: Amnesty

Amnesty International said Saturday that Fidel Castro, who was praised by world leaders after his death at age 90, engaged in a “systemic repression of basic freedoms” during his decades in power. The London-based human rights organization said the state of free expression in ...

Nov 26, 2016

Sweeping U.K. snooping bill becomes law

In Britain, Big Brother just got bigger. After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records ...