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As the crackdown continues in Belarus, protesters have responded with humour - but UN action, or sanctions, could really help.

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Riot police stand guard during demonstrations against police violence in Minsk, Belarus, September 6, 2020. 
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Chechens Seeking Asylum in Poland

While Europe has been focusing its attention on refugee flows across the Mediterranean, another refugee situation has been building on the Belarus-Poland border. Since late 2015, thousands of asylum seekers, mostly from Russia’s North Caucasus republics…
Asylum seekers in the arrivals hall at Brest train station, returned on the 13.46 pm train from Terespol, where their requests to seek asylum Poland were rejected. Brest, Belarus, December 7, 2016.
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Svetlana Alexievich is an important independent voice from a country where most such voices have been silenced: Belarus. Human Rights Watch celebrates her recognition as the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1994 and again in 1996, Ms…
Svetlana Alexievich
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The Bulgarian guards found us, pointed their guns at us and started beating us,” the 25-year-old Afghan said, describing what happened to him on 11 January. “Afterward, they put us in the car and took us to the border. They took all our phones and money…
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Vilnius’ beautiful old town is alive with flags and symbols of the European Union ahead of the ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit starting Thursday, but the real drama has been played out far from the Lithuanian capital. For weeks international media attention…
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Recent executions in Belarus exemplify repression on a scale unprecedented in the post-Soviet era, and the EU should apply more pressure on the Lukashenka regime – says Human Rights Watch. The international condemnations of the two executions announced…
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“Documents, please?”  – a man in a police uniform said, approaching me. As I handed him my passport, he added sarcastically:  “Make sure you take all valuables out: dollars..pounds…whatever else you got there”.   The policeman seems to have been…
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How to keep foreign dictators from living large in the U.S.

In sunny Malibu a real estate agent named Neal Baddin helps the playboy son of one of the world's most corrupt leaders buy a $30 million mansion. Teodoro Nguema Obiang lives off money taken from the coffers of Equatorial Guinea, a tiny but oil-rich…