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Leopoldo Lopez sentenced to 13 years in prison

After a farcical secret trial, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his alleged role in inciting violence against the regime in 2014.
According to the Human Rights Foundation:
The criminal proceedings against López were riddled with due process violations. The trial consisted of 70 hearings and took [...]

Western chavistas support regime as it imprisons and tortures dissenters

The Latin American TV propaganda outlet TeleSUR– funded mostly by the Venezuelan government– launched an English-language website last year.
The website recently featured a speech by MP Jeremy Corbyn– a (no-chance, I hope) candidate for leadership of the Labour party– addressing a meeting of the pro-regime Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in London.
According to TeleSUR’s account, [...]

Escape from North Korea

Watch the amazing account by Ji Seong-ho at the Oslo Freedom Forum of his triumph over repression, hunger, brutality and disability on his escape from the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea– a country whose leaders assure its population that they have “nothing to envy in this world.”

Do I need to reiterate what I think of [...]

Armenia: The Betrayal of Truth

Politico reports:
President Barack Obama will not use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians in his annual statement commemorating the historic atrocity later this month.
As a candidate in 2008, Obama issued a statement promising to describe the plight of the Armenians as a genocide, but in his previous [...]

Maduro’s “sign or else” petition

In the weeks leading up to the regional summit last week in Panama City, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro put aside such mundane concerns as a collapsing economy, exploding inflation, shortages of basic goods, out-of-control crime and corrupt police to concentrate on something really important– collecting millions of signatures on a petition denouncing recent US sanctions [...]

Amnesty Uncaged

I’m a member of Amnesty International and wrote expressing my concern about their association with CAGE.  I got this reply back:-
Amnesty International UK’s Director Kate Allen, said
“Amnesty no longer considers it appropriate to share a public platform with Cage and will not engage in coalitions of which Cage is a member. Recent comments [...]

Obama sanctions human rights abusers in Venezuela

Cross-posted from the Human Rights Foundation
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) welcomes the executive order issued yesterday by President Obama that imposes targeted sanctions against Venezuelan citizens involved in recent human rights abuses in the country. The order, which also expresses concern about the Venezuelan government’s treatment of its political opponents, names seven individuals sanctioned under the [...]

Liberal Saudi blogger to receive first of a thousand lashes

Yes, yes, I know all about realpolitik.

(Obama’s foolish bow, by the way, did not prove him any more obsequious than the hand-holding Bush Jr. or any other recent American president.)
But at what point do we get to tell the medieval creeps who run this kingdom to fuck off?
A Saudi blogger who was sentenced [...]

Crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition intensifies

Having failed to take serious measures to diversify the economy or to set aside a substantial reserve fund while oil prices ranged above $100 per barrel, the Venezuelan government is now in dire financial and political straits as oil prices continue to collapse.
President Nicolás Maduro, struggling with an economic crisis compounded by falling oil prices, [...]

At the Oslo Freedom Forum

The Human Rights Foundation has posted videos from the Oslo Freedom Forum in October.
The keynote speaker was Bassem Youssef, whose hugely popular satirical TV show in Egypt was taken off the air (although President al-Sisi denies having anything to do with that):

Members of Pussy Riot discussed their Soviet-like imprisonment by the Russian government and their [...]