Category: <span>International</span>

China stepping up use of secret detention without trial, report warns
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China stepping up use of secret detention without trial, report warns

China has ramped up its use of secret detention without trial, creating one of the most far-ranging systems of forced disappearance in the world, human rights activists warn in a report. Tens of thousands of people have been subjected to “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL), an anodyne, bureaucratic name for an Orwellian system,...

Leftist teacher holds razor-thin lead in Peru presidential election
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Leftist teacher holds razor-thin lead in Peru presidential election

The scion of a jailed autocrat and the son of illiterate peasant farmers are fighting vote by vote for the presidency of Peru in an election which has thrown into sharp relief the Andean country’s deep fault lines of class and geography. With more than 94% of the official vote counted, hard-left candidate Pedro Castillo holds...

Belarus president accuses west of launching ‘hybrid modern war’
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Belarus president accuses west of launching ‘hybrid modern war’

Alexander Lukashenko has given his first public remarks defending his grounding of a Ryanair flight last week, accusing the west of launching a “hybrid modern war” against Minsk and calling the backlash over the incident a “planned provocation”. Addressing a session of parliament, Lukashenko also appeared to suggest the plane could have been shot down because...

Years to rebuild: Gaza’s shattered infrastructure severely damaged, warn UN and NGOs
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Years to rebuild: Gaza’s shattered infrastructure severely damaged, warn UN and NGOs

Gaza could take “years” to rebuild, United Nations officials have warned, as rights groups say intense Israeli bombing of the strip has severely damaged health, education, water and energy facilities. Hospitals, schools, desalination plants, power and sewage plants have been impacted, international NGOs and Gaza officials have said. It has meant that swathes of the strip already have no water or electricity, while untreated sewage from some plants...

ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years
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ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years

The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment. The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest...

Black man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina
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Black man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina

A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina has shot and killed a black man while serving a search warrant, authorities said, raising tensions over policing in the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial and Ma’Khia Bryant killing. The deputy in Elizabeth City, close to the Atlantic coast, was placed on leave pending a review by the state bureau of...

Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms of up to 18 months
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Hong Kong pro-democracy figures given jail terms of up to 18 months

Ten of Hong Kong’s most senior pro-democracy activists including the media mogul Jimmy Lai have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 18 months for organising or attending “unauthorised assemblies” during mass protests that rocked the city in 2019. In the latest blow to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, the individuals were either ordered to jail...