In this week’s news, we speak about the tragic death of three Ethiopian students, the plan to close Czech-Chinese centre at Charles University and Vietnamese lecturer who was jailed for his online posts.
Three university students killed in protests in Ethiopia
Daily Mail reports that three Ethiopian university students have been killed after security forces entered campuses to restore order.
One of the main reasons for clashes is ethnic division and these conflicts represent a major challenge to Ethiopian government. Education ministry stated that “some people behind the unrest had fake student IDs and arrests were underway.’’
Out of three students who died, two of them were from Woldia University in the Amhara region and one of them was from Dembi Dollo University in the Oromia region.
Czech-Chinese centre at Charles University closed down
Radio Prague International reports that the Czech-Chinese centre at Charles University will be closed down.
The decision was made by the university’s rector Tomáš Zima. Lately, the university was involved in a scandal over secret funding.
It was discovered that four people were involved in setting up a private fund through which the Chinese embassy paid for conferences organized by the centre.
This move has been considered as China’s attempt to boost its influence in the local academic sphere. Rector Zima stated that he would not stand by and watch the centre damage the university’s reputation.
Vietnamese lecturer jailed for online posts
Global Voices reports that Vietnamese lecturer has been jailed for writing online posts. Mr. Pham Xuan Hao was sentenced to 12 months in prison for “abusing democratic rights and freedoms to infringe upon state interests.”
The court also stated that he ‘’published pessimistic information about Vietnam.’’
It is believed the Article used in this case served as a way to silence peaceful and legitimate acts of criticism in the country.
In 2019 alone, twelve more individuals were arrested for online political comments.
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