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India protests, internet shutdowns, Ampatuan verdict, and Hong Kong’s “White Christmas”

Citizenship law protests in India The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act in India has sparked massive protests across the country. The law grants citizenship rights to non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is criticized for its prejudice against Muslims. Human Rights Watch warned that “the Indian government is creating legal grounds to

Progress in the fight against impunity, journalists freed, defamation decriminalised

“We are dealing with hard-nosed criminals that are ready to kill” December ended with welcome news in the battle against impunity. In Slovakia, Zoltán Andruskó, a pizzeria operator, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in facilitating the 2018 murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. Andruskó made a

Ukraine: Journalists Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk freed in prisoner swap

This statement was originally published on on 29 December 2019. PEN America welcomed news that two journalists, Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk, were freed as part of a broader prisoner exchange in Ukraine on Sunday. The two were originally detained and held incommunicado by Russia-backed separatists in 2017. PEN America has called for their