1. MUSLIM WOMEN ‘STERILISED’ IN CHINA DETENTION CAMPS
Uighur Muslim women are being sterilised at internment camps for ethnic and religious minorities in China.
According to former detainees, they were getting injections from time to time while being held in government “re-education centres” in the far west Xinjiang region.
The detainees realized that soon after the injections, they weren’t getting their periods anymore.
One of the detainees, 30 year old Mehrigul Tursun reported during a video call to an Amnesty International event in Tokyo, that they were also given unknown drugs and injections.
Doctors in the US later told that she had been sterilized.
According to the UN and human rights groups, up to one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities have been arbitrarily detained in internment camps in China.
2. HONG KONG AIRPORT SLOWLY REOPENS AFTER CRIPPLING PROTESTS
Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said it was working with its partners to restore normal operations as soon as possible but noted that more protests are planned.
The Airport Authority (AA) halted flights to and from the airport on Monday, citing disruption from anti-government demonstrators who had peacefully occupied the arrivals hall since Friday.
Increasingly violent protests have plunged the Asian finance hub into its most serious political crisis in decades, posing a challenge to the central government in Beijing.
The authority said in a statement that they have noticed calls online for public assembly in the airport this afternoon, and the AA will work closely with its business partners with a view to gradually resume normal airport operations as soon as possible.
3. KYRGYZ EX-PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER, UNREST
Prosecutors charged Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president Almazbek Atambayev with murder and causing mass unrest, after a deadly clash last week with security forces who were seeking to arrest him.
News agency Interfax reported that 62 year old Atambayev surrendered to police on Thursday when they raided his house and took him in for questioning over a corruption case.
The ex-president, whose escalating conflict with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov risks plunging the Central Asian nation into political crisis, was accused, among other charges, with organizing mass unrest and murder.
It also said he had been accused of plotting a coup, though that specific allegation did not appear among the five charges that the agency listed. Those also included hostage-taking.
Atambayev, who served as president of the former Soviet republic between 2011 and 2017, backed his then-ally Jeenbekov’s presidential bid, hoping to retain political influence.