January 2022

An Update on China’s Human Rights Controversy Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Olympics

With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, several countries (including the United States, Canada, Japan, and Great Britain) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Winter Games over China’s continued maltreatment of its minority Uyghur Muslim population residing mainly in the Xinjiang province Although Liberty Lexington published a more in-depth report back in April 2021, here…

Stringent media law takes effect in Azerbaijan

by: Warner Speed A new law restricting freedom of the press went into effect in Azerbaijan on January 1, 2022. The law requires all journalists and media organizations to obtain legal approval of their operations from the government by registering with a newly created state media database. After entering the database, journalists must then pass…

Roma people targeted in Ukraine by radicals

by: Jackson Sharman While Ukraine faces military aggression from Russia, there is strife within the country’s borders as Roma people are being targeted. On October 17, 2021, a group of 50 far-right radicals went to Irpin (a city 15 miles from Kyiv) and called for violence against the city’s Roma community. The marchers were apparently…

The perilous condition of internationally displaced persons from Abkhazia

by: Sam Carley On January 16th, 2022, 52-year-old Zurab Chichoshvili died in a suspected suicide in a Tbilisi housing facility for internationally displaced persons (IDPs). His death has underscored the treacherous situation that the hundreds of thousands of IDPs in Georgia find themselves in. While Georgian Health Minister Zurab Azarashvilli has publicly stated that the…

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