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France | Student Strikers Attacked; ‘fascist’ Dean Jailed

By Richard Greeman

firstly published on April 3

Not an April Fool’ joke. Here are the facts:

Four days ago, (March 29) the ultra-conservative Dean of the Montpellier University Law School was summoned to police headquarters, interrogated, hauled into court, and held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor – all on the complaint of nine student strikers, who claim to have been brutally assaulted with Dean Philippe Pétel’s active complicity while ‘occupying’ a school auditorium.

Russia | Blocking of Telegram and legal restrictions on social networks will limit freedom of expression in Russia, says OSCE Representative Désir

VIENNA, 13 April 2018 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed his concern about a court’s decision to block the Telegram messaging and social networking application in the Russian Federation.

“The decision to block Telegram is deeply worrying as it hampers the important role of internet intermediaries in facilitating the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. In recent years, Telegram has also become an important channel for the dissemination of information by various media outlets,” Désir said. “I call on the Russian authorities to reconsider this restrictive measure and to promote a free, independent and diverse communications environment.”

USA | ‘You’re a Murderer’: Protesters Disrupt Madeleine Albright’s ‘Fascism’ Book Tour

Madeleine Albright, US secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, is no stranger to controversy. Even 17 years since she held office, protesters won’t let her forget what what they see as her crimes against humanity, and on Tuesday, demonstrators disrupted her speech in Brooklyn, New York.

Finland | Ombudsman: Urgent action needed to tackle child poverty in Finland

Children’s Ombudsman Tuomas Kurttila is calling on the government to take urgent action to eliminate child poverty in the country.

“Decision-makers cannot wait for the next legislative term. Government must outline concrete measures to reduce poverty. Poverty is costly for society. Children’s poverty is especially so. We cannot afford it,” Kurttila said in a statement released Friday.

Spain | Jailed activist proposed as presidential candidate in Catalonia

Largest pro-independence parties resume bid to appoint Jordi Sànchez following UN’s call on Spain to respect his political rights.

Jordi Sànchez, a Catalan activist jailed since mid-October, has been proposed as presidential candidate by the parliament speaker Roger Torrent. Sànchez’s first bid for office was blocked by the Spanish judiciary a month ago.