Dalindyebo acted like medieval despot: State

The king set fire to the homes of his subjects, beat three young men so badly bystanders could not watch, told the father of a young man his supporters had killed not to report it to police, and then fined the father 10 head of cattle. “If the State is[…]

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China jails ‘wild imams’ in mass crackdown

China has imprisoned almost two dozen people – mostly Muslim religious leaders – in the western region of Xinjiang, in a stepped up crackdown on “illegal religious activities”, Chinese media reported. The 22 suspects, including so-called “wild imams”, were given prison terms ranging from five to 16 years at a[…]

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Cambodian Khmer Rouge leaders jailed for life

Two former Khmer Rouge leaders were jailed for life Thursday after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by Cambodia’s UN-backed court, the first-ever sentences for leaders of the murderous regime. “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 88, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, were “guilty of the crimes[…]

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Saudi rights activist jailed for 15 years

Saudi Arabia has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Walid abu al-Khair to 15 years in prison on charges that include seeking to undermine the state and insulting the judiciary, the state news agency reported. The Specialised Criminal Court on Sunday also found al-Khair guilty of “inciting public opinion” and barred[…]

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