Hong Kong elections delayed by a year

The Hong Kong government announced that elections scheduled for September would be postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pro-democracy opposition candidates argue that this is another in a series of attempts to weaken their chances and slow the momentum growing around their platform. The move to postpone elections comes soon after twelve pro-democracy candidates reported being barred from running as candidates, due to their opposition to a new security law and what have been perceived as “subversive intentions.”

Zimbabwe security forces clear streets ahead of anti-government protests

Zimbabwe’s security forces have forced a lockdown in Harare, on Thursday, clearing people off the streets and forcing businesses to close a day before planned anti-government protests. In Harare, the capital, armed soldiers and anti-riot police manned checkpoints, telling people to leave. The Zimbabwe police released a statement saying; “All security arms of government are on full alert and will deal decisively with any individuals or groups fomenting violence and sending threats or provocative messages through social media or any other means.” However, activists stated they would press on...

EU relocates close to 100 vulnerable asylum seekers from Cyprus camps

Around 100 vulnerable asylum seekers, including minors, have been relocated to Finland and Germany from Greece and Cyprus refugee camps, according to the EU’s asylum coordination agency.

New York protester arrested in unmarked van

New York City police have come under criticism after a viral video showing officers, including some in plainclothes, were seen arresting a protester and taking her away in an unmarked van as protest continued across the country. Videos of the arrest have circulated on social media, attracting scrutiny from politicians and civil rights groups. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted , “There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans,” connecting these actions to authoritarianism.

US Congresswomen addresses 'culture of violence against women' following Republican verbal abuse encounter

US Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who was subject to a verbal attack by Florida Republican Representative Ted Yoho – slammed the comments and the apology made by Yoho, at the House Chamber, in Washington, D.C. She emphasised the incident as extending the “culture of lack of impunity and accepting of violence and violent language against women” and that “an entire structure of power supports that”.

Hong Kong university fires law professor who inspired protests for democracy

The University of Hong Kong has fired an associate law professor, Benny Tai, under criminal charges for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy “umbrella protests.”

Australian Police win Supreme Court bid to halt Black Lives Matter protest amid Covid-19

Australian supreme court granted a bid on Sunday to prevent Black Lives Matter protests from happening in Sydney, accepting police concerns about possible coronavirus outbreaks. Several thousand people had been expected to gather in Sydney on Tuesday to protest the deaths of Aboriginal people in custody, building on the recent international Black Lives Matter protests due to the killing of George Floyd. The protest was organized by the family members of David Dungay Jr, 26, an indigenous man who died after being restrained by police at a Sydney jail in 2015, where footage showed him...

Two killed in recent anti-government protests in Iraq

Two people have been killed and between 20-30 injured by security forces during renewed anti-government protests on Sunday in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, over corruption, rising unemployment, and poor public services. Tahrir Square, also known as Liberation Square, has been taken over by demonstrations once again after months of quiet during the Covid-19 pandemic. Citizens had been protesting against recent power cuts in the middle of a summer of scorching heatwaves, temperatures reaching above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in Iraq. Protestors were seen to chant slogans and burn...

UN human rights office criticizes US police for excessive use of force during protests

The UN human rights office has called on U.S. police security forces to limit their use of force against protestors and journalists on Friday, due to recent clashes between federal agents and protestors in Portland, Oregon. UN human rights spokesperson stated that: “[Peaceful demonstrations] really must be able to continue without those participating in them and also the people reporting on them, risking arbitrary arrest or detention being subject to the unnecessary, disproportionate or discriminatory use of force, or suffering other violations of their rights.” Recent racial injustice...

Malaysia arrests Bangladeshi worker criticising the government’s treatment of migrant workers

Malaysian authorities confirmed the arrest of a Bangladeshi worker who has been critical of the government’s treatment of migrant workers in a recent documentary by broadcaster Al Jazeera. Mohammed Rayham Kabir has also had his work permit revoked and is to be expelled from the country after being quoted in the Qatar-based media outlet’s documentary on the detention of undocumented migrant workers during the recent lockdown. Malaysian authorities have refused to comment on the particular reasons behind his arrest or whether there was a suspicion of criminal activity. Broadcasted on July 3rd,...