Right to Information: Concern grows over proposed changes to law

The lifeless body of 38-year-old Poipynhun Majaw was found on March 28 near a bridge in Khliehriat, in the small Indian hilly state of Meghalaya. State police said unknown assailants killed him with a heavy iron object, possibly a wrench, which was found at the scene. Majaw was a Right to Information (RTI) activist. Using…

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Japanese politician under fire for calling LGBT community ‘unproductive’

A Japanese politician has come under fire for questioning whether LGBT taxpayers should receive equal welfare benefits to the rest of Japan. Lower House member Mio Sugita called gay couples “unproductive” and wondered whether it was “appropriate to spend taxpayer money on them” in a magazine article published last Wednesday. Sugita, who belongs to Japanese…

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Bangladesh: Stop Attacks on Student Protesters, Critics

Instead of prosecuting those responsible for unlawfully attacking student protesters demanding road safety, Bangladesh authorities are arresting students and targeting activists and journalists who are highlighting the abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should order an immediate investigation into reports that renowned photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, was beaten while in custody. Alam was detained on August 5,…

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China sentences veteran pro-democracy activist to 13 years in prison

A day after one of its most prominent political prisoners left the country, a Chinese court has sentenced a longtime pro-democracy activist to 13 years in prison. Qin Yongmin was found guilty of “subversion of state power,” according to a short statementfrom the Intermediate People’s Court in Wuhan, a city in central China’s Hubei province.…

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South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras

Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country’s biggest ever female-only protests. Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces. Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online. Organisers…

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