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Nine Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted, Colombian President’s changes to peace tribunal rejected, and other news in pictures

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9 leaders of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests found guilty

A group of Hong Kong democracy leaders were found guilty on Tuesday for their involvement in mass rallies at a trial that sparked renewed alarm over shrinking political freedoms under an assertive China.

Nine activists were all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, which called for free elections for the city’s leader.

Among the most prominent members of the group on trial were sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 75.

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Colombia lower house rejects president’s changes to peace tribunal

Opposition members of the Colombian Congress, celebrate after voting in support of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) during a plenary session on the government's lodging of objections to the JEP at the National Congress in Bogota on April 8, 2019.

Opposition members of the Colombian Congress, celebrate after voting in support of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) during a plenary session on the government’s lodging of objections to the JEP at the National Congress in Bogota on April 8, 2019.
 
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Colombia’s lower house on Monday rejected President Ivan Duque’s suggested changes to a special tribunal tasked with trying former rebels and military officials for war crimes, the latest in a series of congressional defeats for Duque.

The changes had been widely expected to be defeated because the peace accord is now part of the country’s constitution and changes to it require a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Source: thehindu.com

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