The Brunson farce

Persecution | Turkey’s indictment against American Pastor Andrew Brunson reveals why charges against him shouldn’t hold up in any legitimate court
by Aykan Erdemir & Merve Tahiroglu
Posted 7/17/18, 12:24 pm

On Wednesday American pastor Andrew Brunson—unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for almost 20 months—will appear in court. Turkish judges refused to release him after his previous two hearings on April 16 and May 7.

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Judge upholds rights of Iranian Christian refugees

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/12/18, 01:54 pm

About 90 U.S.-bound refugees trapped in Austria have a little more hope for the future after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the government must re-address their cases. The group of mostly Christians and some other religious minorities traveled from Iran to Austria through a refugee pathway set up by the United States’ Lautenberg Amendment. Once they arrived in Vienna, their applications to continue through to the United States were denied. U.S.

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Remembering the 709 crackdown

Persecution | Chinese human rights lawyers remain in detention on the third anniversary of the ‘709 Incident’
by June Cheng
Posted 7/11/18, 02:50 pm

Three years ago, on the night of July 9, human rights lawyer Wang Yu returned home after dropping off her son and husband at the airport in Beijing. Arriving at her apartment, she noticed a group of men hanging around outside. Later that night, the electricity went out, her internet connection was cut, and the men broke into the apartment and led her away in handcuffs to a secret detention center, where she endured torture and interrogations. Police released Wang a year later—only after she agreed to a televised confession.

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