GOVERNMENT CLAMPDOWNS ON NGOs ON THE INCREASE

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By Donnelly McCleland Parliament in Kyrgyzstan on 22 May resumed formal scrutiny of a draft law that experts believe is designed to hobble the work of independent civic activists. And with coronavirus-related restrictions on their side, the legislature’s largely government-loyal members were able to hear discussions at the public forum with almost no interventions from…

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CHINA’S PROPOSED SECURITY LAW LEADS TO NEW HONG KONG PROTESTS

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Protests have erupted again in Hong Kong after Beijing announced a proposed national security bill that could threaten Hong Kong’s sovereignty. The law would allow Beijing to set up intelligence agencies in Hong Kong, with the aim of “tackling secession, subversion, and terrorist activities.” Chinese Secretary for Security John Lee cited an increase in terrorism…

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