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Vietnamese activist faces 14 years in jail for anti-pollution protest livestream

An activist in central Vietnam has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for livestreaming a protest against a Taiwanese steel company's spill of toxins into the ocean. Hoang Duc Binh was convicted of "abusing democratic freedomsto infringe on the interests of the state, organisation and people and opposing officers on duty," lawyer Ha Huy Son said in a report byThe South China Morning Post. His fellow activist, Nguyen Nam Phong, was sentenced to two years for "opposing officers on duty." The protest comes after Formosa Plastics Group, a steel complex which in total is worth $10.6 billion (around P546 billion), dumped toxins such as phenol and cyanide into the ocean i...Keep on reading: Vietnamese activist faces 14 years in jail for anti-pollution protest livestream.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerFeb 8th, 2018

Vietnam blogger sentenced for ‘defacing flag’

HANOI, Vietnam--- A Vietnamese blogger was sentenced to nearly three years in jail on Friday for smearing white paint on the national flag in the one-party communist country where defacing state symbols is deemed an egregious offense. Huynh Thuc Vy, an outspoken activist who is eight weeks pregnant with her second child, has been under house arrest since August after she posted a photo of herself with the vandalized flag on her Facebook page. She was sentenced to two years and nine months years in jail for "defacing the national flag" after a half-day trial in central Dak Lak province, she told AFP. The maximum sentence for the crime was three years. The court said she can serve...Keep on reading: Vietnam blogger sentenced for ‘defacing flag’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

HANOI, Vietnam --- A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business forum in Hanoi. Vietnam has a dismal rights record and has come under fire for a brutal crackdown against critics in the past two years that has seen scores jailed. Earlier this week it barred two rights campaigners from entering the country for the World Economic Forum attended by regional leaders--- many of whom face criticism for their own rights record at home. Nguyen Trung Truc, a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy group, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for at...Keep on reading: Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Vietnam Jails Activist for Livestreaming Pollution March

HANOI - A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant's spill of toxins into the o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Vietnam rejects anti-China activist appeal

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court on Friday, December 22, rejected the appeal of a dissident sentenced to 9 years for anti-state propaganda, capping a grim year for activists in the one-party state. Vietnam's communist government has been accused of intensifying a crackdown on its critics in 2017, jailing at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court on Monday jailed a blogger for 7 years for disseminating anti-state "propaganda" including articles which supported protests against a Taiwanese firm responsible for a toxic leak. Space for free expression is shrinking in the Communist country, with at least 15 activists and dissidents having been ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Inside Indonesia’s LGBT crackdown – BBC News

In less than 18 months, being gay in Indonesia has gone from widely tolerated to just plain dangerous. An unprecedented wave of police raids, vigilante attacks, and calls for the criminalization of homosexual sex have left many in the country's LGBT community fearing for their safety. &'8220;(Gay Indonesians) are exhausted and they're horrified,&'8221; Kyle Knight, a Human Rights Watch researcher with the LGBT rights program, told CNN. &'8220;Even the activists I know who started the very first organizations in the 1980s say they've never seen anything like this.&'8221; It's a dark turn for a country that for decades prided itself on its diverse, heterogeneous society. The world's largest Muslim democracy, Indonesia is often considered something of a bulwark of tolerance amid growing conservatism elsewhere in the Islamic world. But that perception is now shifting, amid increasing verbal attacks on minority groups and the growing implementation of Islamic bylaws by regional governments. In less than two weeks, two young men were seized by vigilantes who burst into their home in Aceh province, then taken to authorities who caned them for having homosexual sex. In a separate incident, later in the month, attendees at an alleged gay party in a Jakarta sauna were arrested and images of their faces were disseminated online by Indonesian police. Homosexual sex is not illegal in the majority of Indonesia, except in the extremely conservative province of Aceh. Jakarta is not part of any province; it is controlled by the central government. One week ago, West Java Police Chief Anton Charliyan announced that he would create a special taskforce to crack down on LGBT people. &'8220;They will face the law and heavy social sanctions. They will not be accepted by society,&'8221; he said. It wasn't always this way. Despite being a Muslim-majority country, only small parts of Indonesia — such as Aceh province — follow strict Islamic law. Same-sex relations have never been illegal either, even if a 2013 Pew survey found that 93% of the country refused to accept homosexuality. Jonta Saragih a former LGBT activist from Sumatra, now studying in the UK, said while his family weren't quick to accept him when he came out, Indonesians used to have a live and let live attitude to their country's LGBT population. &'8220;[Even] a few years ago, when I was in Jakarta, though homosexuality was not recognized by the law, there was no one talking about it,&'8221; he told CNN. Indonesian human rights activist Tunggal Pawestricorroborates this notion that homosexuality was previously frowned upon but tolerated. &'8220;Since my childhood I was told that LGBT people are sinful, being a homosexual is sinful but of course &' it doesn't mean you have to criminalize them,&'8221; she said. So what changed? The problems began in early 2016, when a number of high-profile Indonesian politicians, including several government ministers, suddenly started to make unprompted attacks on Indonesia's LGBT community. Among them was the Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, who said Indonesia's LGBT movement was more dangerous than &'8220;a nuclear war.&'8221; &'8220;In a nuclear war, if a bomb is dropped over Jakarta, Semarang will not be affected &'8212; but (with LGBT rights) everything we know could disappear in an instant &'8212; it's dangerous,&'8221; he said, according to the state Antara news agency. Soon, the country's medical professionals joined in. The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association issued a statement in February saying people who were gay or bisexual had &'8220;psychiatric problems.&'8220; By August, a group of conservative activists had taken a case to the Constitutional Court to call for homosexual sex to be made illegal in Indonesia. Knight said it's hard to tell why the sudden wave of anti-LGBT feeling swelled up across the country, but where it was heading appeared much clearer. &'8220;This is fueled not just by bigotry and misunderstanding but by public officials &' I think that's the really scary thing as we go forward. It's fair game to go after LGBT people in Indonesia,&'8221; he said. More than a dozen gay dating apps, including Grindr, were banned in Indonesia in late 2016, Jonta said, making it harder for gay men and women to communicate with each other. &'8220;(I have) some good friends &' we started discussing these issues on social media, eventually some of them deleted me on Facebook. They said we are not friends anymore,&'8221; Jonta said. Conservative Islam is a growing political force in Indonesia. The arrest and later conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama in April this year, on charges of blasphemy, followedhuge protests instigated by conservative groups. Pawestri blamed vocally conservative politicians and an &'8220;irresponsible&'8221; media for the rise in anti-LGBT rhetoric. &'8220;Before LGBT Indonesians had quite a lot of confidence, now they're very careful and cry to me, calling me at night. We've been trying to do whatever we can to avoid (criminalization),&'8221; Pawestri said. Criminalization might be closer than most would expect. Since August, a team of lawyers has been arguing in Indonesia's Constitutional Court, on behalf of 12 individuals, to change the criminal code. Prosecution legal team spokesman, Feizal Syahmenan, told CNN they would like three articles changed in the criminal code &'8212; one to outlaw sex outside of marriage, one to outlaw homosexual rape and one to outlaw homosexual sex entirely. Two of those 12 individuals are members of the AILA, the Family Love Alliance, a prominent conservative Islamic group. Syahmenan told CNN homosexuality is just not Indonesian. &'8220;All of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2017

Attacks on the media show Dutertes Philippines is heading for despotism - Jo Fuertes Knight

The editor of Rappler, Maria Ressa, faces 15 years in jail, in the most flagrant abuse of the presidents power yet I will do the right thing, Maria Ressa, CEO of the Philippines news site Rappler, tol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Manafort breaks plea deal, faces 24 years in jail

Manafort breaks plea deal, faces 24 years in jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Man sentenced to jail for sex with wife after divorcing her

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- A Kuwaiti court on Monday sentenced an opposition politician to seven years in jail for failing to tell his wife he divorced her and continuing to have sexual relations with her, her lawyer said. Waleed al-Tabtabai, an Islamist who is currently outside Kuwait, already faces a 42-month jail term handed down in July in another case for storming parliament and assaulting police. The appeals court on Monday upheld a 2018 verdict finding him guilty of adultery, said the lawyer, Naser al-Otaibi, adding the ruling was not political. "My client received justice after she was taken advantage of and tricked into something that criminalizes her under sharia (Isla...Keep on reading: Man sentenced to jail for sex with wife after divorcing her.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

Yellow vest leader Eric Drouet arrested

PARIS, France – One of the leaders of the "yellow vest" anti-government demonstrations , Eric Drouet, was detained by French police and placed in custody on Wednesday, January 2, for organizing a central Paris protest without declaring it, according to a source at the prosecutors office. Drouet – who already faces a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Bahrain top activist loses final appeal against jail term

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (UPDATED) –  A prominent Bahraini activist, who played a key role in the 2011 Shiite-led anti-government protests, on Monday, December 31, lost his final appeal against a 5-year jail term for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state. The Gulf state's supreme court, whose verdicts are final, upheld ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Egypt court jails activist over ‘spreading false news’

CAIRO,Egypt --- An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday sent a rights activist to prison for two years over charges including "spreading false news", her lawyer and a court official said. The court also fined Amal Fathi, who was released three days previously in another case, 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560). Fathi had been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence in September but she appealed. Her lawyer Ramadan Mohamed said Sunday her appeal had been rejected and that she would now serve jail time. Fathi is also accused of publishing offensive content, Mohamed said. The 34-year-old was arrested in May over a video she posted online, criticizing sexual harassment in Egypt and...Keep on reading: Egypt court jails activist over ‘spreading false news’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Topless protesters trick security, disrupt Trump motorcade

PARIS, France --- A feminist activist pretending to be a photographer managed to breach security at a huge international ceremony in Paris and disrupt U.S. Presidential Donald Trump's motorcade as part of a peace protest. With thousands of security forces deployed around the French capital, questions swirled around how the woman and two other activists from feminist group Femen got so close to scores of world leaders gathered on the Champs-Elysees to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Photographers accredited by the French presidential palace noticed that a woman in their midst was using a fake identity, according to Ludovic Marin, an Agence France Presse photographer...Keep on reading: Topless protesters trick security, disrupt Trump motorcade.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Fil-Am Cesar Sayoc charged over 13 bombs in mail

NEW YORK--A Florida fan of Donald Trump was arrested and charged Friday with mailing 13 bombs to opponents of the US president in a brazen, week-long spree that inflamed the country ahead of key elections. Filipino-American Cesar Sayoc, 56, a registered Republican with a criminal history and reported past as a stripper, was born in New York and lived in a van covered in pro-Trump and anti-liberal stickers. He was arrested outside a Florida mall. The van was impounded and Sayoc charged with five federal crimes, including mailing of explosives and threats against former presidents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced. If put on trial and convicted, he faces up to 48 years...Keep on reading: Fil-Am Cesar Sayoc charged over 13 bombs in mail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Facebook hires British ex-deputy PM as global affairs head

LONDON, United Kingdom – British former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, a leading anti-Brexit advocate, said on Friday, October 19, he would be starting a job at Facebook, as the US giant faces up to regulatory pressures. "I am delighted to be joining Facebook. After almost 20 years ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

Former Cadiz mayor gets jail term for firing employees 20 years ago

  MANILA, Philippines – The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan sentenced the former mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental to 3 years in jail for having unlawfully dismissed employees two decades ago.  Eduardo Varela will also pay a fine of P10,000 for violating Republic Act 6656, which protects the security ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Ex-mayor in Camiguin faces jail time over brother s benefits

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan found Alex Jajalla, former mayor of Mahinog, Camiguin, guilty of graft for giving "unwarranted benefits" to his brother at the expense of the local government in 2008. In its ruling, the anti-graft court's 7th Division sentenced Jajalla to at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Vietnam jails activist after rights groups barred from WEF

: A Vietnamese dissident was jailed Wednesday for 12 years on charges of trying to overthrow the state, days after the communist country refused entry to rights campaigners for a major business for.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Pussy Riot activist treated for possible poisoning

MOSCOW --- Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, as saying Verzilov's symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak. Nikulshina said Verzilov was being treated in the toxicology unit of a Moscow hospital, indicating a suspected poisoning. Verzilov, Nikulshina and two other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July's World Cup final. Th...Keep on reading: Pussy Riot activist treated for possible poisoning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Over 100 rights groups urge Bahrain to free activist Nabeel Rajab

PARIS, France – More than 100 rights groups urged Bahrain on Wednesday, August 29, to "immediately release" high-profile activist Nabeel Rajab, who is serving two separate jail sentences for alleged anti-government statements.  The call by 127 non-governmental organizations came after the United Nations denounced the Shiite opposition leader's detention as "arbitrary" ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018