Canada determined to counter China's 'coercive diplomacy'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Canadian government reaffirmed it would stand with its international allies after China's Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu (叢培武) sent a veiled threat to prevent Can...

Merkel accuses China of 'poor and cruel treatment' of minorities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (Sept. 30) accused Beijing of "poor and cruel treatment" of minorities and expressed deep concern over the situation...

US halts imports from China's Uighur region for forced labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Monday blocked imports from four companies and a manufacturing facility in northwestern China suspected of using forced labor from people detained as part of a swee...

China uses collective punishment to silence dissidents

TAIWAN (Taiwan News) — China's local authorities are engaged in a competition to prove who is most loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), detaining dissidents and putting their family m...

Lithuanian lawmakers vote for sanctions against Belarus

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for economic sanctions against the regime in neighboring Belarus, saying the presidential election there mustn't be int...

11 Chinese businesses tied to human rights abuses added to new US sanctions list

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An additional 11 Chinese companies were recently added to a list blocking them from access to American commodities and technologies, as they are believed to be involved in...

US sanctions top Nicaraguan officials over rights abuses

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. Treasury announced sanctions Friday against two high-ranking Nicaraguan officials for their support of government crackdowns on protesters. The Tre...

UN chief issues 7-point 'call to action' on human rights

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations issued a “call to action” on Monday to countries, businesses and all people to help renew and revive human rights across the globe, laying out a seven-poin...

Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers

Amnesty International has issued a scathing indictment of Google and Facebook. It says the two most dominant internet corporations should be compelled to abandon what it calls their ...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign off...

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses in the isolated country. U.S. officials say the sancti...

Mexico's high court tosses law on policing by military

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has invalidated a controversial law signed last year that created a legal framework for the military to work in a policing role in much of the country. ...

Players' union, rights activists urge IOC to shelve charter

GENEVA (AP) — A coalition of athletes, their global trade union, and human rights activists are calling on the IOC not to adopt a proposed athlete charter. The World Players Associat...

South Korea slashes North Korea human rights budget, raises regime aid

Under the budget bill put forward by President Moon Jae-in's government, spending earmarked for the North Korean Human Rights Foundation has been set at KRW800 million (€620,857), down 92.6 p...

Human rights groups urge Google to drop plans for China 'censorship engine'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A group of 14 prominent human rights groups have called on U.S. tech giant Google to drop its plans to re-enter the Chinese market, arguing such a move is akin to particip...