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Brunei Imposes Sharia Law: Homosexuals May Be Imprisoned, Tortured, and Executed

Brunei’s already strict Islamic criminal code will enter an even tougher new stage next week with the introductions of laws mandating lengthy prison terms, whipping, and even execution for homosexual behavior. Brunei is set to become the first Asian country to punish homosexuality with the death penalty, as several Arab countries do.

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Queen Saleha wave to crowds during Thursday's golden jubilee procession

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Criticizes U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner and former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela, yet also criticized U.S. sanctions against the Maduro regime designed to cripple their access to financial resources. 

UN rights chief steps up criticism of Trump's Venezuela sanctions

U.S. State Department Compares China’s Human Rights Abuses to Stalin and Hitler

The U.S. State Department published its annual report on global human rights abuses on Wednesday, spotlighting China’s mass detention of Uighur Muslims in the rollout. The head of the State Department human rights bureau compared China’s actions to the horrors of Stalin’s Russia and Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Furious Chinese officials responded by accusing the United States of “prejudice” and a “Cold War mentality.”

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Trump to Launch Worldwide Fight to Decriminalize Homosexuality

The Trump administration will launch an effort to decriminalize homosexuality in countries where it is still illegal, as part of a diplomatic push for LGBTQ rights — and an effort to isolate Iran, which persecutes homosexuals.

LGBTs for Trump (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Wife of Taiwanese Activist Jailed by China to Attend State of the Union

Lee Ching-yu, the wife of imprisoned democracy activist Lee Ming-che, will attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night as a guest of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). Lee Ming-che, a citizen of Taiwan, was arrested in mainland China in 2017 for “subverting state power.”

Lee Ching-yu, third from right, holds a photo of her missing husband and pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che on March 24, 2017, during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, with representatives of nongovernmental organizations. (AP)

Human Rights Watch Condemns Venezuelan Opposition’s Military Amnesty Offer

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó and the nation’s legislature on Thursday to reconsider what it described as an “imprecise and vague” law passed to grant amnesty to soldiers who stop taking orders from dictator Nicolás Maduro.

US goes after Venezuela's oil to hit Maduro

Lucrative Macron Trip to Egypt Risks New Criticism over Human Rights

France’s Emmanuel Macron began a three-day trip to Egypt on Sunday that will include a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sign deals worth hundreds of millions of euros, a move likely to spark new criticism of Egypt’s human rights record.

Macron to speak 'more openly' to Sisi on Egypt rights

China Invites Islamic Country Envoys to Visit Muslim Internment Camps

The Chinese government invited representatives from 12 neighboring, mostly Muslim-majority countries this week to tour some of the internment camps built in western Xinjiang province to indoctrinate, torture, and exploit the labor of Chinese Muslims.

Security personnel near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region of China. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Xinjiang have been held in a network of indoctrination camps.CreditCreditNg Han Guan/Associated Press

State Media: China Has World’s ‘Fastest Human Rights Progress’

China’s ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, published an opinion column in the official Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily on Friday suggesting that China has the world’s “fastest human rights progress,” “anyone could express his or her views anywhere anytime” in the country, and those who condemn Chinese authoritarianism are hypocrites.

A Muslim ethnic Uighur woman begs with her baby on a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region on July 2, 2010 ahead of the first anniversary of bloody violence that erupted between the region's Uighurs and members of China's majority Han ethnicity. The government says nearly 200 people …

North Korea: U.S. Human Rights Advocacy ‘a Serious Political Provocation’

North Korea’s state media assailed the United States and allies at the United Nations Tuesday for helping pass a resolution condemning Pyongyang’s decades-long systematic human rights abuses, calling the resolution “a serious political provocation against the dignified” Korean state.

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Chinese Activists Shave Their Heads to Protest Persecution of Husbands

The wives of four Chinese human-rights lawyers imprisoned in the big crackdown of summer 2015 shaved their heads on Monday to protest the government’s treatment of their husbands. “We can go hairless, but you cannot be lawless,” they declared at the conclusion of their head-shaving event.

Wife of detained China activist goes bald for justice