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Convictions of land activists upheld

PHNOM PENH: A Cambodian court upheld convictions for 11 land activists involved in protests last year while marginally reducing most of their sentences, as rights groups decried the latest strike against freedom of expression.

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Activists among 250 granted amnesty

Mandalay: Myanmar granted amnesty to more than 250 prisoners ahead of peace talks with ethnic rebel groups, including two activists sentenced to hard labour for their work promoting interfaith peace.

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Labour activists detained in China

BEIJING: At least three prominent labour activists have been arrested in southern China, it was reported, sparking concern the Communist party is ramping up a sweeping crackdown on rights groups.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activists ‘honoured’ by Nobel nomination

HONG KONG: Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow Friday said they were honoured to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a group of US lawmakers at a time when the city’s freedoms are “under serious attack by China”.


Myanmar court frees student activists after Suu Kyi pledge (Updates)

Tharrawaddy (Myanmar) (AFP) - A Myanmar court on Friday freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that freeing activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government.

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China jails three 'civil disobedience' activists

Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese court sentenced three activists to prison on Friday for allegedly attempting to start a non-violent civil rights movement, campaign groups said, the latest example of the Communist Party's intensifying crackdown on dissent.

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Taiwan court upholds acquittal of anti-China activists

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s high court upheld the acquittal of anti-China activists who occupied the island’s parliament in 2014, with the judge describing the protests as “an expression of democracy”.

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Pro-independence activists arrested in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (AFP) - Two Hong Kong independence activists who were barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year were arrested Wednesday and charged over chaos at the city's parliament, their office said.

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Sri Lanka releases rights activists after outcry

Colombo (AFP) - Sri Lanka has released two leading rights activists after their detention under strict anti-terrorism laws triggered international condemnation, police and supporters said on Wednesday.


It’s time to panic, say young climate activists

THE Extinction Rebellion, a network of climate activists who use civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming is rooted in the conviction that humanity has dug its own grave and has one foot dangling over the edge.