Category: Dissidents

Call to free Iran’s women political prisoners: Virus ‘exacerbates regime’s legitimacy crisis’

     

The coronavirus is leading Iranians to question the relationship between state and religion, putting the theocratic state in “an unusual and awkward position“, observers suggest. The Islamic Republic had to… Read more »

CCP rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens – and the world

     

As China tames the coronavirus epidemic now ravaging other countries, its success is giving rise to an increasingly strident blend of patriotism, nationalism and xenophobia, at a pitch many say… Read more »

‘Democracy’s Defenders’ offered beacon of hope to dissidents

     

It is almost 30 years since the demise of Encounter, the London-based monthly review of culture and politics, but no other magazine has since come close to matching its influence, Gerald Frost writes for… Read more »

Cuba creating a Venezuelan dictatorship in its own image

     

Much has been written about the Cuban regime’s infiltration of Venezuela, its meddling and direct participation in government institutions and organisms, notes international human rights lawyer Tamara Suju (above), the… Read more »

How the coronavirus ‘exposes lie at the heart of Communist China’

     

As the world tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, it needs to heed the message coming from Chinese democrats, which is that we all have a stake… Read more »

Russian activist sues on 5th anniversary of Nemtsov assassination

     

Three years ago, in February 2017, Vladimir Kara-Murza was rushed to a Moscow hospital, where he suffered massive organ failure, forcing doctors to place the Russian democracy activist on a… Read more »

R.I.P. Vietnamese dissident Nobel Prize nominee Thich Quang Do

     

Thich Quang Do, a dissident Buddhist monk who has effectively been under house arrest since 2003 and was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died. Head of… Read more »

‘Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?’

     

A special event Václav Havel, Speaking Today, with a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (above), will highlight the historic speech 30 years ago before the… Read more »

‘No civil society, no democracy’: Cuban activists detained

     

An award-winning Cuban dissident who was detained this week announced Thursday that he has been released without charge but barred from a planned trip to Europe for a meeting on… Read more »