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Recent Corrections

  • The July 16, 2019 news release, “Support Needed to Tackle ICC Shortcomings,” has been updated to clarify that the written reasons for the Gbagbo oral decision were filed on July 16.

  • An earlier version of this press release incorrectly stated that the punishment imposed for lesbian sex was 100 lashes with a whip. The actual punishment is 40 lashes.

  • The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) has removed “gender identity disorder” as a diagnosis. The organization’s name was misstated in an earlier version of this article. 

  • An earlier version of this dispatch incorrectly quoted US President Donald Trump as saying life in North Korea was “hell on earth” during a visit to Seoul. Rather, Trump was reported to say that life in North Korea was “a hell that no person deserves.”

  • 在法院外被殴打的郑金进(Trinh Kim Tien),其父郑春松(Trinh Xuan Tung)于2011年3月因轻微交通违规遭警察殴打致死。他离世的月份在早期版本中有误。

  • The previous subhead of this news release incorrectly stated the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea denies the existence of domestic violence. The news release was updated to reflect that the government denies child rape and sexual abuse.

  • A previous version of this news release stated that the 2017 vigil outside Changi prison was to protest the country's death penalty. The vigil was actually to support the family of S. Prabagara; the news release has been updated to reflect this correction. 

  • 9/18:原新闻稿将郝尔被控罪名之一误植为刑事判乱罪,实际应为刑事诽谤罪。 


  • 本则新闻稿在原先版本中将国际药物政策联合会(IDPC)误植为国际药物管制联合会(IDCC)。新版本已予订正。