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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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Death of Liu Xiaobo: activists scorn Trump for hailing ‘terrific’ Xi

The US presidents praise for Chinas leader was shameful coming after the death of the Nobel-winning political prisoner Human rights activists have poured scorn on Donald Trump for showering Chinas terrific president Xi Jinping with praise just hours after one of the worlds most famous political prisoners died in the custody of Chinese security services. Speaking in Paris shortly after it was announced that the democracy champion and Nobel laureate Trump replied: Hes a friend of mine. I have great respect for him a great leader. Hes a very talented…

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Mother Mushroom: how Vietnam locked up its most famous blogger

One of Vietnams most influential political bloggers, given a courage award by Melania Trump, faces a decade behind bars for her reactionary work Each person only has a life, but if I had the chance to choose again I would still choose my way. They are the words of one of Vietnams most influential bloggers known by her online pseudonym, dispute with China over control of the South China Sea. Lan said her daughters political awakening began after studying foreign languages in university. Upon discovering the pluralistic online world, Quynh…

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In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

During a trip through Chinas violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses a dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to pacify region It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgars Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzins wistful cry. One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards Peoples Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in according to one…

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Chimpanzees do not have same legal rights as humans, US appeals court rules

Court in New York rules in case of caged adult male chimps Tommy and Kiko that there is no precedent for apes being considered people Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary dont have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals court has ruled. Nonhuman Rights Project attorney Steven Wise had argued to the appeals court in March that adult male chimps Tommy and Kiko should be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which for people relates to whether someone…

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China’s ‘war on law’: victims’ wives tell US Congress of torture and trauma

Women whose husbands were targets of Communist party crackdown on human rights lawyers call for US sanctions The wives of some of the most prominent victims of a congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday, the women, whose husbands were among the key targets of a Communist party offensive against human rights lawyers, detailed the physical and psychological trauma inflicted by Chinas so-called war on law. Chen Guiqiu, at his recent trial Xie had been forced to refute a gross injustice, said her husband had suffered repeated spells of abuse, threats…

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‘I know he is alive’: wife of Taiwan activist seized by China pleads for release

Lee Ming-che has been detained by Beijing authorities amid a targeting of activists, dissidents and scholars based abroad The wife of a Taiwanese human rights activist detained in China for over a month without charge has vowed to take her fight for justice to the US and European Union, urging them to pressure Beijing to release him. It has now been 40 days since Lee Ching-yus partner, best friend and confidante

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New human rights to protect against ‘mind hacking’ and brain data theft proposed

A response to advances in neurotechnology that can read or alter brain activity, new human rights would protect people from theft, abuse and hacking New human rights that would protect people from having their thoughts and other brain information stolen, abused or hacked have been proposed by researchers. The move is a response to the rapid advances being made with technologies that read or alter brain activity and which many expect to bring enormous benefits to peoples lives in the coming years. Much of the technology has been developed for…

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