China’s Xi Jinping Tightens His Hold on Communist Party
Chun Hang and Jeremy Page, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A meeting of several hundred of the party’s most senior members on Thursday conferred upon Communist leader Xi Jinping an arcane designation, declaring him the “core” of the party’s leadership. The term was used in the past for Mao Zedong and two of his successors but not Mr. Xi’s immediate predecessor.
Resolution on North Korea’s Human Rights Violations Presented to UN Committee
A resolution accusing North Korea’s leadership of serious human rights violations was presented to the United Nations General Assembly’s committee Thursday for a review for official adoption, officials said. This year’s resolution dropped the emphasis “on the importance of the inter-Korean dialogue” in improving the North Korean human rights situation, which the General Assembly included in last year’s resolution.
Crimean Tatars: Refusing to Give False Testimony Against Leader, Activists Remain Imprisoned
UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES ORGANIZATION
Under appalling prison conditions since April 2015, two members of the Crimean Tatar community, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy, have rejected being freed in exchange for denouncing the Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz. Present in a peaceful pre-annexation demonstration on February 26, 2014, Asanov and Degermendzhy are being accused in front of a Russian court of participating in and organizing mass riots.
Russia’s First Crimean Political Prisoner Found After More Than Two Years
Halia Coynas, KHPG.ORG
Maidan activist Mykola Shyptur has been held prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea since March 9, 2014, but his case has only just come to light now thanks to human rights activists who noticed the clear political elements in an alleged criminal conviction.
Venezuelan Prison Holding US Man Is Lawless Torture Chamber, Released Man Says
Alex Vasquez S., FOX NEWS LATINO
Francisco Márquez, a dual US citizen who is back in San Diego with his family, is one of dozens of opposition activists, former governors, and lawmakers who have languished in Venezuelan jails — and one of the lucky few to be released. Márquez described the Helicoide facility where he was held as the “Venezuelan Guantanamo.”