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China’s crackdowns: From Tibet to Inner Mongolia

China | To understand what’s happening to ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, look to Tibet
by June Cheng
Posted 9/25/20, 05:15 pm

Teachers, students, and parents staged rare protests earlier this month in Inner Mongolia as the government began requiring schools to teach key subjects in Mandarin rather than the Mongolian language. Students will begin taking Chinese language classes one grade earlier and must use new Chinese textbooks for language and literature, morality and law, and history classes. 

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Protesting for change, praying for peace

Europe | Christians in Belarus find themselves caught in a government crackdown
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 9/03/20, 09:22 am

“Belarus has woken up,” said Bela-rusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in an Aug. 25 address to members of the European Parliament. “We are not the opposition anymore. We are the majority now.”

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon arrested

Asia | In a blow to the city’s press freedom, police arrest Apple Daily publisher Jimmy Lai and raid his newspaper office
by June Cheng
Posted 8/12/20, 05:39 pm

Two hundred police officers in face masks barged into Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newsroom Monday, hours after police arrested the pro-democracy newspaper’s publisher, Jimmy Lai, on charges of “colluding with foreign forces” under the new national security law. The arrest and raid make up the highest-profile attack on the free press in Hong Kong since the law went into effect on June 30. 

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