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Dissident Pakistani human rights campaigner found dead in Canada


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Toronto police: Pakistani dissident death not suspicious


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Sister of missing Thai dissident meets with Cambodian judge


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Turkey Convicts Dissident Journalists on Terrorism Charges

Turkey Convicts Dissident Journalists on Terrorism Charges(Bloomberg) — A Turkish criminal court convicted at least seven staffers at the Sozcu newspaper on terrorism-related charges, the latest such ruling targeting journalists critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his policies.The journalists, including veteran columnist Emin Colasan, were sentenced to jail terms of between two and four years on charges that they aided a secretive religious brotherhood called FETO, state media reported on Friday. The journalists have denied the charges.The Sozcu reporters join a long list of journalists and academics to face charges of aiding terrorist groups including the followers of U.S.-based imam Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.The newspaper, known for its secular take on policy issues and critical coverage of the Turkish government, has denied any links with the Gulen network. Turkey’s main opposition party CHP says the daily paper has become a target only because it refused to become a mouthpiece for the government.Turkey has put 47 reporters and editors behind bars to become the second largest jailer of journalists in 2019, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.To contact the reporter on this story: Onur Ant in Istanbul at oant@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Gregory L. White, Chris KayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murder

Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murderSaudi dissident satirist Ghanem Almasarir, whose social media mockery of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gets millions of hits, told AFP he is undeterred by Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Speaking at a protest on Wednesday outside the Saudi embassy in London, Almasarir said Khashoggi’s slaying had shown the wider world a darker side to the power wielded by Prince Mohammed.



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Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody, struck by liver cancer

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody, struck by liver cancerBy Joseph Campbell SHENYANG, China (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident since the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, died on Thursday after being denied permission to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer. Mourning his death, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Liu was a “courageous fighter for civil rights and freedom of expression”, while the French, British and U.S. governments called on China to allow Liu’s family to move around freely. Already seriously ill, Liu, a thorn in the ruling Communist Party’s side since he helped negotiate a deal to allow protesters to leave Tiananmen Square before troops and tanks rolled in, was moved last month from prison to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang.



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Exclusive: Hong Kong leader offers condolences to wife of Chinese dissident Liu

Exclusive: Hong Kong leader offers condolences to wife of Chinese dissident LiuBy Martin Howell and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday she shares the compassion of people over the death of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and acknowledged “anxieties” about “incidents” in the former British colony that can potentially erode its autonomy. Lam was speaking in her first interview with the international media since she was sworn in as the city’s new leader by Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 1. “Hong Kong people are always very compassionate and so I share that compassion of many Hong Kong people by sending my condolences to the wife and the family of Mr Liu,” Lam, a devout Catholic, told a Reuters Newsmaker event in Hong Kong.



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Venezuela's dissident state prosecutor expects to be fired

Venezuela's dissident state prosecutor expects to be firedBy Deisy Buitrago and Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s pro-government Supreme Court heard a petition on Tuesday to remove dissident state prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who was expecting the ax after alleging rights abuses and erosion of democracy under President Nicolas Maduro. Ortega, the main challenger to Maduro from within the ruling socialist movement during three months of opposition protests, said she would not recognize legal proceedings against her by an “unconstitutional and illegitimate” Supreme Court.



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Vietnam police detain dissident for deportation: wife

Vietnam police detain dissident for deportation: wifeVietnamese police detained a French dissident of Vietnamese descent for deportation on Friday after the Communist state revoked his Vietnamese citizenship last month, his wife said. Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old activist and mathematics lecturer, had dual French and Vietnamese citizenship before Vietnam canceled his citizenship without giving a reason, a move that drew criticism from human rights groups. Despite sweeping reforms to the economy and growing openness to social change, the Communist Party retains tight media censorship and tolerates no criticism.



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