Gabrielle Reyes

Articles by Gabrielle Reyes

Russia Expands Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russian authorities opened a criminal case this week against five Jehovah’s Witnesses on suspicion of “organizing and participating in the activities of an extremist organization” for allegedly promoting their namesake religious group, which is officially outlawed as an “extremist ideology” in Russia.

Russia's Supreme Court judge Yuri Ivanenko reads the decision in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Russia's Supreme Court has banned the Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organisation be considered an extremist group, …

Uyghurs Take Beijing Games Boycott to Olympics Ethics Chief

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), a human rights and advocacy organization for the ethnic group, has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s ethics commission chair to review its call for the 2022 Winter Games not to be held in Beijing, China, citing allegations of “crimes against humanity” by China against Uyghurs.

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 26: People wear protective masks as they walk front the logos of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival on February 26, 2021 in Beijing, China. The Festival comes at the final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty …

China: Citizen Journalist Arrested for Wuhan Reports on Hunger Strike

The health of Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan is “deteriorating” from a prolonged hunger strike she started months ago while in jail to protest a four-year prison term handed to her by Chinese state authorities in December for her reporting on Wuhan’s initial coronavirus outbreak last year.

HONG KONG, CHINA - DECEMBER 28: Pro-democracy activists hold placards as they show support for twelve Hong Kong residents detained in mainland China and former lawyer Zhang Zhan outside the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government on December 28, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. The first day of trial …

China Releases Footage of Military Beach Landing Drill in South China Sea

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) released video footage Wednesday of its members conducting beach landing drills near the South China Sea’s disputed Paracel Islands days after Taiwan’s military simulated a defensive response to a Chinese attack on its reefs.

This photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea, on the basis of a …

Philippines Struggles to Convince Citizens to Trust Chinese Vaccine

The Philippine government on Wednesday urged Filipinos to choose the Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine candidate CoronaVac, admitting that the public’s significant lack of enthusiasm toward the “Made in China” product has caused many to shun the shot.

In this photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte holds a vial containing the Sinovac vaccine from China as it arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Manila, Philippines on Sunday Feb. 28, 2021. The Philippines received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, among …

Top Indian Judge Suggests Accused Rapist Marry Victim

More than 5,200 people had signed a petition on Wednesday demanding Indian Supreme Court Judge Sharad Arvind Bobde resign after he recently suggested that an accused rapist marry his schoolgirl victim to avoid jail time.

Indian police arrest activists from the Social Unity Centre of India (SUCI) organisation as they block a road during a protest against a gang rape in Kolkata on May 31, 2016. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP via Getty Images)

Argentines Bang Pots to Drown out Socialist President amid Vaccine Scandal

People in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina banged pots and pans on Monday night to stage a noisy protest after a nationally televised speech by Argentine President Alberto Fernández, recently linked to a vaccine scandal in which some Argentine government ministers received priority access to coronavirus vaccines before the general public.

A woman bangs the lid of a pot while carrying the Argentine national flag during a demonstration called by small businessmen affected by the government's mandatory quarantine imposed for more than 13 weeks, protesting the quarantine and the expropriation of the Vicentin agro-industrial company on the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, …

Iran Cuts Off Internet in South as Deadly Protests Continue

The Islamist regime in Iran reportedly shut down a mobile data network in its southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan this week in response to ongoing protests against the alleged killing of local fuel smugglers by Iranian armed forces.

A bike-delivery food messenger stands next to another man as they both use smartphones along the side of a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 23, 2019. - Iranians have been struggling to adjust to life offline almost one week into a near-total internet blackout imposed amid violent …

Boko Haram Invades Regional Capital with Bomb Attack

At least ten people were killed and 60 injured Tuesday after Boko Haram terrorists launched rocket-propelled grenades at Maiduguri, the capital city of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

The wreckage of a car hit by an attack led by Boko Haram members is seen surrounded by residents of the Adam Kolo district of Maiduguri on February 24, 2021. - Boko Haram jihadists attacked the Nigerian city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast, killing 10 to 17 people, including …

Human Rights Watch: China Arresting Uyghurs at Skyrocketing Rates

Authorities in western China’s Xinjiang region are formally prosecuting ethnic Uyghurs at a higher rate than in previous years, and have increased the length of prison sentences for the Turkic minority group native to the Central Asian territory, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.

Supporters and members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally outside the White House to urge the United States to end trade deals with China and take action to stop the oppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples August 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)