Eight Activists “Disappear” in China’s Shenzhen After Police Raid on Dinner
RADIO FREE ASIA
Eight rights activists in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are missing and believed detained on Monday after a meal they attended was raided by state security police. Ten people were taken away; at least two have been released following the raid, activists said. “Eight of the people who were detained are now, it seems, incommunicado,” a source close to the incident told RFA. “We don’t know if they’ve been formally detained, because there has been no official notification of detention.”
Hong Kong’s Banned Lawmakers Aren’t Backing Down
James Griffiths, CNN
Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung have gone from being stars of Hong Kong’s nascent independence movement, to public enemy number one, criticized in newspapers and on television, and harassed online. The pair were denied their seats in Hong Kong’s parliament by Beijing after insulting China and calling for Hong Kong’s independence. Yau and Leung said they are determined to keep fighting to the end (their case has not yet reached Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal), but it is clear events are taking their toll.
Meeting on North Korea Human Rights Abuses Convenes in The Hague
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Defectors and advocacy groups gathered in The Hague to discuss North Korea human rights less than a week after a United Nations General Assembly committee adopted a resolution condemning Pyongyang’s rights abuses. The meeting, timed to coincide with the general meeting of the International Criminal Court, addressed the seriousness of North Korea’s human rights abuses and focused on ways to investigate those responsible, Yonhap reported.
Ukraine Marks Day of Dignity and Freedom
Ukraine is marking its National Day of Dignity and Freedom, the new holiday established by a presidential decree 2 years ago. The national holiday, celebrated annually on 21 November, commemorates the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Euromaidan protests.
UN Decries New Vietnam Activist Arrests
The United Nations’ human rights watchdog called on Vietnam Tuesday to release three activists who were recently detained. Communist Vietnam routinely silences dissent, with activists subject to arbitrary detention and lengthy jail spells. Vietnam uses a raft of broadly worded national security laws to jail dissidents and critics. All newspapers and television channels are state-run in Vietnam and private media is banned.