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Source: BBC

Hong Kong democracy activists jailed

Today 10:49 GMT

Four Hong Kong activists have been sentenced to up to 16 months in prison for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations.

Protesters accused the Chinese government of breaking its promise to allow full democracy in Hong Kong, and of encroaching more and more on the region. But the number of protesters dwindled to just a few hundred as the weeks dragged on and they ultimately failed to achieve their goal.

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Source: The Guradian

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

The supreme court of Myanmar has denied the appeal of the two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for their reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

The earlier failed appeal to the supreme court cited lack of proof of a crime and evidence that the pair were set up by police. The ruling in September sparked widespread condemnation, including from US vice president Mike Pence, who asked leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene.

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Source: DW

Morocco: Thousands call for release of jailed activists

Tuesday 01:29 GMT

Huge crowds have rallied in the Moroccan capital to demand the release of activists who staged mass anti-poverty demonstrations in 2016.

Read more: Government defends police actions as general strike starts in Morocco. Ahmed Zefzafi, father of Rif leader Nasser, said the jailed activists had started a hunger strike after being transferred "to the worst prisons in the kingdom." The poverty-fighting campaign, which began in 2016 in the impoverished Rif region, led to the biggest unrest seen in Morocco since the 2011 Arab Spring.

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