Hungary Fines Bookstore Chain Over Children’s Picture Book with LGBT Families

Hungarian authorities have fined a bookstore chain for selling a children’s picture book that features families with same-sex parents. The Pest County Government Office in central Hungary has imposed a fine of HUF 250,000 ($828) on bookstore chain Líra Könyv …

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Lithuania to Build Barrier on Belarus Border to Curb Migrant Flow

Lithuania will build a barrier on the border with Belarus to prevent migrants from illegally crossing into its territory, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte announced on July 7, accusing Belarus of allowing the crossings. “We will begin building an additional …

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China Secretly Jailed Tibetan Monks for Up to 20 Years, Human Rights Watch Reports

Chinese authorities sentenced four Tibetan monks to up to 20 years in prison in secret trials despite no evidence of committing illegal acts, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on July 6. In a 61-page report, HRW revealed that police in …

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Nicaraguan Police Arrest Six More Opposition Leaders in Sweeping Crackdown

Nicaraguan police have arrested six more opposition figures, including the sixth presidential candidate, on July 5 in a sweeping crackdown ahead of the November elections. According to a statement quoted by CNN, police detained presidential candidate Medardo Mairena, farmers’ groups …

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U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken Meets Uyghur Muslims Previously Detained in Chinese Camps

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 6 virtually met with Uyghur Muslims who were previously detained in camps in the Chinese northwestern Xinjiang region. According to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, Blinken wanted to meet the Uyghur …

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