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DW News 11 Sep 2019

'We need to elect our own government' Joshua Wong Interview (2/2)

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Joshua Wong, one of the figureheads of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is drawing official complaints from China with his tour of foreign countries. Wong currently is in Germany where he's met foreign minister Heiko Maass, a meeting that led to a diplomatic complaint from China, which called the meeting disrespectful. Wong said the Hong Kong protest movement would continue despite the government dropping a controversial extradition bill. The 22-year-old also spoke at the German Parliament. He'd been detained for 24 hours by authorities at Hong Kong Airport before he was allowed to leave the country.


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Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said, "we need to remain vigilant to mitigate the risk posed by the evolution of ISIL and its affiliates, deny its new recruits, and prevent its resurgence."

Briefing the Security Council on the ninth "Report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL(Da'esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat," Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov today (27 Aug) said that the preort outlines how, despite its territorial defeat in the Syrian Arab Republic in March 2019, ISIL continues to aspire to global relevance. It capitalizes on its affiliates and inspired attacks and has an estimated residual walth of up to three hundred million dollars at its disposal.

He said, "it is essential that Member States keep a comprehensive and long-term perspective in this fight. This requires urgent political leadership and a principled approach, based on international law and human rights standards."

Voronkov also noted, "acute concerns also remain about the challenges posed by foreign terrorist fighters, returnees and relocators. Between twenty-four thousand and thirty thousand of which have survived from the initial estimate of forty thousand."

He continued, "member States also have to contend with the threat posed by ‘frustrated travelers', the number of which is hard to estimate."

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