Most important women’s emancipation movement against radicalism in Iran

Most important women’s emancipation movement against radicalism in Iran Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com The death of Mahsa Amini on September 16 sparked the largest protests in years in Iran, which have since erupted. The nation’s morality police had detained the 22-year-old for not donning her hijab properly and wearing skinny jeans, which are charged with enforcing stringent standards about dress and behavior. Amini’s family claims that she was beaten and had many blows to the head. Police and the administration have refuted the allegations, saying she died of an “underlying condition.” Protesters reject this official narrative, and demonstrations are still…

Is Qatar FIFA 2022 the Most Controversial World Cup ever?

Is Qatar FIFA 2022 the Most Controversial World Cup ever? Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com The latest in the slew of controversies that have surrounded the FIFA World Cup is the blocking of Tod TV by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, disappointing millions of football fans in the country. Tod TV is the popular streaming service of the Qatari broadcaster BeIN and is the FIFA World Cup’s official streaming platform. While the reasons for this sudden action on behalf of the Saudi authorities are unclear, it is not helping Qatar’s case which is already neck-deep in controversies around the tournament. It…

China uses carrots and sticks to boost Uyghur-Han intermarriage-report

China uses carrots and sticks to boost Uyghur-Han intermarriage-report Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com China mixes financial, education and career incentives with coercive measures such as threats to families under state policies to promote intermarriage between majority Han Chinese and ethnic minority Uyghurs in the restive Xinjiang region, a new report by a Uyghur rights group has found. The Uyghur Human Rights Project analyzed Chinese state media, policy documents, government sanctioned marriage testimonials, as well as accounts from women in the Uyghur diaspora, that government incentivizes and coercion to boost interethnic marriages has increased since 2014. “The Chinese Party-State is actively…

Nearly 1.7 million new refugees of conflict in Myanmar since coup

Nearly 1.7 million new refugees of conflict in Myanmar since coup Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Nearly 1.7 million people have been displaced by conflict in Myanmar since last year’s military coup, bringing the total number of refugees who have fled fighting in the country to more than 3 million and putting a heavy strain on aid resources in the Southeast Asian nation. The Institute for Strategy and Policy, an independent research group, said in a report earlier this month that as of Nov. 2, at least 1,650,661 people had been forced to escape conflict in regions that include Sagaing, Magway,…

Fed up with COVID lockdowns, migrant workers in Guangzhou break through barriers

Fed up with COVID lockdowns, migrant workers in Guangzhou break through barriers Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Migrat workers whose movements have been restricted by rolling lockdowns and compulsory COVID-19 testing under China’s strict zero-COVID policy have taken to the streets of the southern province of Guangdong in recent days, according to video clips uploaded to social media. One video clip reportedly shot in Haizhu district of the provincial capital Guangzhou on Monday night showed hundreds of people surging along a street, shoving over traffic barriers and arguing with police and disease prevention personnel in protective gear. It was the latest…

Lao preacher arrested previously for evangelism found dead and badly beaten

Lao preacher arrested previously for evangelism found dead and badly beaten Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A Lao Christian preacher who had previously been arrested for evangelism was found dead and badly beaten a few days after disappearing, villagers told Radio Free Asia. A few days before his body was found with signs of torture, two men believed to be district authorities visited Sy Seng Manee, 48, they said. His corpse was found on Oct. 23 with his motorbike in a forest near a road to Donkeo village in Khammouane province. Local residents said they believe Sy was murdered because of…

Anthem gaffe goes viral as stadium plays Hong Kong pro-democracy theme song

Anthem gaffe goes viral as stadium plays Hong Kong pro-democracy theme song Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Was it intentional or a simple mistake? In a scene that went viral on social media in Hong Kong, the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests was blared over the sound system before a rugby match between Hong Kong and South Korea played just outside of Seoul on Sunday. The song, “Glory to Hong Kong,” which calls for democracy and liberty, rose to prominence during the widespread protests in Hong Kong in 2019 against increasing encroachment on civil liberties by mainland Chinese…

Laos rescues 11 Indian nationals trafficked to work as phone scammers

Laos rescues 11 Indian nationals trafficked to work as phone scammers Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Authorities in Laos have rescued 11 Indian nationals who were lured to the Chinese-run Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in the north of the country and put to work as phone scammers, according to the Indian Embassy. The operation shines a light on the murky enclave in Bokeo province – home to the Kings Roman Casino resort – where many foreigners who were promised lucrative jobs end up held against their will by trafficking rings that exploit them under threat of violence. The Golden Triangle…

Report criticizes ASEAN, international response to Myanmar humanitarian crisis

Report criticizes ASEAN, international response to Myanmar humanitarian crisis Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A new report by lawmakers from Southeast Asia and other regions criticizes what they describe as a timid response to the post-coup crisis in Myanmar by countries and international blocs that claim to support democracy. The Final Report by the International Parliamentary Inquiry, or IPI, into the Global Response to the Crisis in Myanmar, which was released in Bangkok on Wednesday, specifically took aim at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ahead of the regional bloc’s summit later this month. “The struggle of the Myanmar people for…

Xi Jinping’s extended term as supreme leader sparks warning to China’s ethnic groups

Xi Jinping’s extended term as supreme leader sparks warning to China’s ethnic groups Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Xi Jinping’s third term in office as Chinese Communist Party supreme leader will likely mean more suffering for ethnic minority groups in China, exiled activists warned in recent forums and interviews with RFA. Xi’s regime, which is already engaged in a program of mass incarceration of Uyghurs and mass surveillance and police controls in Xinjiang and Tibet, will continue to pose a grave threat to minority groups, exiled Uyghur rights activist and businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer told a recent forum in Taiwan. If the…

Interview: ‘History is something you want to be on the right side of’

Interview: ‘History is something you want to be on the right side of’ Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Since its founding in 1986, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has striven “to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.” In late January, the human rights organization ran a full-page advertisement in The New York Times calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing unless China ended its persecution of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Now, the foundation has added grantmaking to its lineup of activities, focusing on funding advocacy…

China’s Xi Jinping gets third term, packs ruling committee with loyal ‘minions’

China’s Xi Jinping gets third term, packs ruling committee with loyal ‘minions’ Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com China’s ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping began a third five-year term in office on Sunday, packing the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee with his close political allies, in a consolidation of personal power not seen in Beijing since the personality cult surrounding Mao Zedong. The first plenary session of the party’s 20th Central Committee re-elected Xi to the post of general secretary, breaking with decades of political precedent by granting him a third term after his predecessors were limited to two. Former Shanghai party…