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Guizhou Protestant pastor jailed on espionage charges
“This is political persecution pure and simple," his lawyer says. “From a legal point of view, the charges against pastor Yang just don't stand up. How could he have revealed any state secrets?” a fellow pastor asks. " I think Yang Hua is innocent, and yet they have locked him up for such a long time."
27/01/2017 13:51:00 CHINA
Beijing defends the free exchange of goods, but not the free exchange of ideas
The website of the Unirule Institute of Economics, a supporter of the market economy and economic reforms, was shut down, officially because it lacks licenses to publish news. The institute's founder, Mao Yushi, has been criticised for his negative views of Mao Zedong and past top party officials.
12/05/2008 SRI LANKA
Eastern provincial elections: Rajapakse’s coalition wins amid fraud
In the first local elections in the eastern provinces in 20 years the ruling party alliance wins. For Sri Lanka’s president this is a sign of popular support for his anti-terrorism policies. But opposition parties and independent observers complain about irregularities and widespread intimidations.
Aung San Suu Kyi, may be freed after elections in Myanmar
The Burmese foreign minister apparently told his colleagues of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that the dissident leader could be released in the coming weeks. News comes from a diplomatic source, no specific date has been indicated.
11/05/2016 18:40:00 INDIA
Chhattisgarh: Evangelical Christian arrested for handing out brochures on Gospel
Police arrested and took into custody Umesh Patel in Dhamtari, a city south of Raipur, where he is still held. For Christian leader, the Evangelical did not break any law. However, the Hindu nationalist BJP runs the state. Nationalist extremists benefit from political and police complicity.
16/02/2016 13:53:00 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, authorities close down book stand for insulting Islam
The stand belongs to Ba-DWIP publisher Prakashan, who was participating in the annual book fair in Dhaka. The publishing house had "Bitarka Islam" (Debate on Islam) on display. The radicals claimed that the text contains disparaging statements against Islam and Muhammad. Writer: "In Bangladesh if someone kills a man he is not punished, but if he says or writes something against Islam yes."
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