Persecution
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Court rejects Brunson appeal, Trump tweets support

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/18, 11:22 am

A state-run Turkish news agency said a higher court in Turkey rejected an appeal Friday for the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention is a key point of dispute in the tense relationship between the two countries. Anadolu Agency said a high court in Izmir upheld a lower court’s decision earlier this week to keep Brunson under house arrest. President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled the United States could level new sanctions against Turkey over Brunson’s detention, and Turkey said it would reciprocate. U.S.

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Xinjiang, land of freedom?

China | Against mounting evidence, China denies the systematic detention of Uighur minorities
by June Cheng
Posted 8/16/18, 09:13 am

For months, international media and human rights activists have sounded an alarm about the internment of at least 1 million ethnic Uighur Muslims in re-education camps in China’s western region of Xinjiang. Last week, a United Nations committee raised the issue for the first time.

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Lawyer makes another appeal for Brunson’s release

by Mickey McLean
Posted 8/14/18, 01:03 pm

An attorney representing Andrew Brunson has appealed again to a Turkish court to release the American pastor from house arrest and lift his travel ban. “The court should prevent unlawful political interventions by lifting judicial control provisions on the defendant,” the document filed in court and seen by Reuters said. Attorney Ismail Cem Halavurt told Reuters the court has up to seven days to decide on the appeal.

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