November 17th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

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November 17th, 2016


Khmer Rouge Court Prepares for Verdict on Top Regime Officials
The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s highest court will issue a final verdict against former regime leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan on Wednesday after they appealed a life sentence handed down in 2014. They were found guilty of crimes against humanity during the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975 and subsequent forced transfers from other urban areas to the countryside, as well as ordering the execution of Khmer Republic soldiers.


Secret Back Door in Some US Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say
Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to, and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence. The Chinese company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, says its code runs on more than 700 million phones, cars, and other smart devices.

China’s Xi Urges Cooperation Among Nations in Governance of Global Internet
Catherine Cadell, REUTERS
Speaking at an internet conference in Wuzhen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, Xi and propaganda chief Liu Yunshan signaled a willingness to step up China’s role in global internet governance, seeking to rectify “imbalances” in the way standards across cyberspace are set. “The development of the internet knows no international boundaries. The sound use, development and governance of the internet thus calls for closer cooperation,” Xi said in a video message at the start of China’s third World Internet Conference.


Cuban-American Leaders, Dissidents Urge Trump to Get Tough with Castro Regime
Elizabeth Llorente, FOX NEWS
Cuban-American leaders and human rights activists within the island nation are hoping that the incoming Trump administration will scale back President Obama’s efforts to restore relations between the two countries. Guillermo Fariñas and other dissidents, as well as some international human rights organizations, say the Cuban government continues to oppress its critics. Fariñas went on a month-long hunger strike earlier this year after he was detained and beaten by Cuban authorities when he asked about a fellow dissident who had been arrested.


New Hearing Finally Set for Joshua Holt
Misty Inglet, LOCALNEWS8 
Joshua Holt finally has a new hearing scheduled. His new date is set for Dec. 6. Holt has been in a Venezuelan jail since June 30 on suspicion of being a US terrorist. Currently, some people in Venezuela called “Popular Will” are trying to help free political prisoners, including Holt. According to the Venezuelan press, there are about 100 political prisoners in Venezuela. So far, no progress has been made on freeing any prisoners.


Vietnam Still Has a Long Road to Religious Freedom
Vietnam still has miles to go to see religious freedom fully implemented, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has said in a press release. “Vietnam is at a crossroads,” USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese said. “Its government needs to stop oppressing believers and enact legislation that respects religious freedom.” Freedom of religion is ostensibly guaranteed in the country’s constitution, but that protection extends only so far as religious belief is not opposed to those communist officials elected to the governing body.


Internet Freedom Wanes As Governments Target Messaging, Social Apps
Alina Selyukh, NPR
For decades Freedom House has been ranking the world on free speech, political and civil rights. In recent years, this nongovernmental organization has extended its research into the state of the Internet. And for the sixth consecutive year, it has found Internet freedom on a decline. Over the past year, the pressure fell increasingly on social media and messaging tools, often to quash protests or dissent, according to the latest Freedom on the Net report, which covers the period from June 2015 through May 2016.