Jul 6, 2016

U.N. panel says China is arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizen

A U.N. panel says China has arbitrarily detained an American woman in violation of international human rights norms, bringing her case back into public attention ahead of a visit to Beijing by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this week. International business consultant Phan “Sandy” ...

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Jul 6, 2016

Hong Kong says freed bookseller can't be sent back to China

Hong Kong’s security chief said on Wednesday that there is no legal way a Hong Kong bookseller who returned to the city after being detained on the mainland could be sent back to China. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok’s comments came after a one-day ...

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

Jul 6, 2016

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

In an attempt to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of cash over its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has been sending hundreds of “state-sponsored slaves” to work in European Union nations, rights campaigners said Wednesday. North Korean laborers commonly work 10-12 hour ...

Hong Kong delegation to press Beijing on detainees

Jul 4, 2016

Hong Kong delegation to press Beijing on detainees

Hong Kong will send a delegation of senior officials to Beijing on Tuesday to discuss notification when its residents are detained, after protests in the Asian financial hub over the disappearances of five booksellers. No decisions will be made but senior Hong Kong justice, ...

Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

Jul 4, 2016

Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

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Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts. ...

Jul 1, 2016

U.S. takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist; Myanmar demoted

The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation’s lucrative seafood industry. The State Department made the assessment in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, which examines 188 governments’ efforts in combating modern-day ...