UN experts urge India to release rights activist in Kashmir
A group of United Nations experts urged the Indian government on Wednesday to immediately release human rights activist Khurram Parvez, who was arrested last month in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir under a controversial security law.
WASHINGTON POST

Despite dropped charges, prosecutors pursue ‘Democracy Now’ journalist
Though trespassing and riot charges against journalist Amy Goodman over her coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have been dropped, a North Dakota prosecutor has hinted the state will continue to pursue her.
RT

Activist’s injuries ‘almost certainly’ inflicted by police, says Hong Kong court
Bruises found on activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, who was allegedly assaulted by seven police officers during the Occupy protests, “almost certainly” matched injuries inflicted by a type of police baton, a court heard on Wednesday.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

Exiled Thai activist in Paris threatened over ‘insulting the royal family’
Thai ultra-royalists are reportedly hunting down an exiled activist in Paris after accusing her of defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week.
TELEGRAPH

Hong Kong lawmakers walk out to block swearing-in of democracy activists
Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers staged a walkout from the Hong Kong legislature on Wednesday to stop the swearing-in of two pro-independence politicians.
THE GUARDIAN

Another student activist in court after ‘disturbing’ arrest
Police in Pretoria pounced on Fees Must Fall demonstrator and Economic Freedom Fighters student command national member Naledi Chirwa in the early hours of Wednesday morning for being in contempt of a court order.
NEWS24

 

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