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Inner Mongolia protests prompt crackdown and censorship

Posted by Author on May 30, 2011


(The Guardian)– A communist official tipped as a future leader of China is moving to defuse a wave of protests in Inner Mongolia by choking information, tightening campus controls and promising to reform the mining industry.

A demonstration by ethnic Mongolians on Monday in the regional capital, Hohhot, was the latest test for Hu Chunhua, whose appointment as party chief of the resource-rich region last year was widely seen as a step towards top office in 2020.

Censors have blocked information about the biggest surge of unrest that the northern region has experienced in 20 years, with witnesses and rights groups claiming to have seen rallies in at least six communities over the past week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protests erupt after China’s Inner Mongolian herder run over by coal truck as he tries to stop mining convoy driving across prairie land

Posted by Author on May 27, 2011


(The Guardian)– Outside the closed gates of the Xilingol Mongolian high school, Chinese police watch warily as hundreds of students perform calisthenics in a yard from where the previous day they left to march through the streets. A short drive away, another police unit monitors a middle school that has become a source of concern. On the grasslands, patrol cars block access to a troubled community of herders and miners.

Security forces in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, are on high alert after the biggest wave of demonstrations in 20 years, sparked by a killing that symbolises the traumatic transition of Mongolia’s nomadic grasslands into a mining powerhouse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amnesty urges China to exercise restraint over Inner Mongolia protests

Posted by Author on May 27, 2011


Chinese authorities must avoid a violent crackdown on demonstrations in the country’s Inner Mongolia region, as martial law was declared in some areas to quell a fifth day of protests, Amnesty international said today.

“The Chinese authorities must respect freedom of expression and assembly for protesters. Given the heavy handed repression of similar protests in other regions, like Xinjiang and Tibet, there are real grounds for concern about the situation in Inner Mongolia,” said Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific deputy director.

In a rare show of defiance, hundreds of ethnic Mongolians from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) marched to a local government building in Shuluun Huh Banner county on Friday, calling on Chinese authorities to respect the rights and traditional way of life of Mongolian herders, including access to grazing land. Read the rest of this entry »

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Authorities holding Mongolian human rights activist Hada’s wife and son

Posted by Author on May 10, 2011


Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the trumped-up charges of “illegal business activities” and “drug possession” that the Chinese authorities have brought against the wife and son of Hada, the Mongolian human rights activist who should have been released last December on completing a 15-year jail sentence.

In an interview for the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre on 4 May, Hada’s sister-in-law, Naraa, revealed that Hada’s wife, Xinna, and his son, Uiles, are being held in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, and that they were formally charged on 17 January. Arrested in early December, their only crime was to support Hada in his fight to defend his basic rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese authorities urged to resolve mystery about what has happened to rights activist Hada

Posted by Author on December 16, 2010


Reporters Without Borders, Dec. 16, 2010 –

The Chinese authorities refuse to say what has become of journalist and human rights activist Hada (哈达), who should have been released from Inner Mongolia’s Chifeng prison on 10 December on completing a 15-year jail sentence. There has also been no direct word from his wife Xinna (新娜) and his son Uiles (威勒斯), who were arrested 10 days ago.

Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to provide precise information about the current status of Hada and his family. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tension in Northern China about Mongolia activist’s imminent release, supporters harassed

Posted by Author on November 25, 2010


Reporters Without Borders, Nov. 25, 2010 –

Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese authorities not to delay the release of Mongol journalist and human rights activist Hada, who will complete a 15-year jail sentence in Inner Mongolia on 10 December. Their behaviour towards his supporters indicates a degree of nervousness about the prospect of his imminent release.

“We ask the authorities to allow Hada to be reunited with his family after his release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also urge them to stop all forms of surveillance of those who defend Mongol ethnic minority rights peacefully online.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Activist, China, ethnic, Human Rights, Inner Mongolia, Law, News, North China, People, Politics, Social, World | 1 Comment »

UFO Forces China’s Airport to Shutdown For One Hour (video)

Posted by Author on October 5, 2010


telegraph.co.uk, Oct. 5, 2010 –

An airport in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, was forced to shut to prevent passenger jets crashing into a UFO, according to reports.

Three flights to Baotou from Shanghai and Beijing were reportedly forced to circle the airport until the UFO disappeared. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Being Followed by “the Man” ? (1) – Informer Is Everywhere in China

Posted by Author on March 17, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via SecretChina.com, Mar. 17, 2010-

While I was reading through information about the Chinese government hiring informers, my fingers automatically typed this topic on the keyboard, “Are You Being Followed by the Man?” It is indeed a question that any Chinese who cares about public affairs and who likes to express himself on the Internet cannot ignore.

1. “The Man” Is Everywhere in the Country

Let’s talk about the possibilities of being noticed and followed by “the Man”. Recently, in an interview posted on Xinhua Net, Liu Xingchen, Assistant to the County Mayor of Kailu County (in Inner Mongolia), who is also the Chinese Communist Party Secretary and the Chief Commander of the Public Security Bureau, boasted to the reporter that he “has a huge network of informers” that helps him stay “highly alert” to any dissidents and acts of defiance.

How big is this network? Let’s look at the figures Liu Xingchen gave out. The number of informers under the control of the Public Security Bureau in Kailu County alone is 12093. The whole population of that county is 400,000. Disregarding a quarter of the population who are under the age of 18, there is one informer for every 25 adults. According to the Olympic Security Format by Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of Ministry of Public Security, which centered around the “Six Networks”, i.e., Street Level Prevention and Control, Community Level Prevention and Control, Inside Workplace Prevention and Control, Video Monitoring Networks, Regional Police Co-operation Network, and Virtual Social Prevention and Control, the proportion of informers in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities, is much higher than a remote area like Kailu County.

The lowest level of informers is the “50 Cent Party”. They are active on the Internet, and earn 50 Chinese cents per comment they post that favors the government. Considering the difficulty of getting a job these days, the demand for this soul selling “employment” exceeds the supply. Thus, the pay was reduced. Recently, the government of Hengyang City, Hunan Province announced that each posted comment would only earn 10 Chinese cents, and the monthly salary for each person cannot exceed 100 Chinese yen, which is slightly over 10 US dollars.

I didn’t know which dynasty in Chinese history had ever gotten such a complete, widely spread, self-contained system of informers, apart from the Mao Period, which had a mechanism of using “active individuals”, people mobilized from the public to inform. Yet even during Mao’s time, since the information was limited, and their policy to fool the people was quite successful, Mao felt quite secure with his subjects when compared with the rulers today. Only during the Yuan Dynasty were the rulers as anxious and insecure about their subjects.

A minority in China, who invaded the middle land, established the Yuan Dynasty. Of course they would worry about the Han people who made up the majority of people at the time. Hence, they divided people into four classes. Among them, the Han were divided into Han and Southerners, which resembles what Mao did with the exploiting class, by having “landlord” and “urban business owners”. The latter has a better status than the former. Such a division creates barriers among people and makes it hard for them to stay united. The Han people were especially regulated. They could not have any organizations, were not allowed to worship in groups, nor could they have weapons. For example, ten households had to share one kitchen knife. The Mongolians were sent to reside in the Han peoples’ communities to manage them.

It is safe to say the Chinese government still uses those means to control their population today, only modified and more advanced. For example, guns used for game hunting replaced kitchen knives. Compared with the rulers during the Yuan Dynasty, their counterparts today have more effective monitoring methods thanks to technological advances accompanied by a system of informers, which forges a “Golden Shield” that is going to protect the “Chinese Communist Party’s reign for tens of thousands of years.” (to be cont’d)

– From Secret China , Original Chinese article from Author’s website

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Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Aiding North Korean Refugees

Posted by Author on September 1, 2009


ChinaAid, September 1, 2009 –

INNER MONGOLIA–Christians Li Mingshun and Zhang Yonghu were indicted by the Erlianhaote City People’s Procuratorate on July 31, 2009, for aiding North Korean refugees fleeing to South Korea through China. Li and Zhang were among several Christians helping to provide food, shelter, and transportation for the 61 refugees crossing Northern Chinese provinces into Mongolia, where neutral state laws permit residents to seek asylum in South Korea.

Alerted as the refugees crossed into Mongolia, the Border Brigade of Erlianhaote city traveled to Qindao, Heilongjiang province, and arrested Li Mingshun on April 29, 2009 [View Notice of Arrest]. The trial was held August 17, 2009 in the Erlianhaote City People’s Court. Human rights lawyers defending Li and Zhang hoped to raise awareness concerning the Chinese government’s treatment of North Korean refugees through this case. View earlier press release on Li and Zhang, 7/5/2009, and the English Translation of the Letter of Indictment, 7/31/2009.

On August 30, 2009, Ms. Li was found guilty for her humanitarian work by the Erlianhaote Procuratorate, officially for “human smuggling across the border.” She was sentenced to ten years in prison. Ms. Li’s family in Qindao City received the verdict the morning of August 30. Mr. Zhang received a seven-year sentence for organizing transportation for the refugees to Inner Mongolia. Li’s family reports they will be submitting an appeal for Li and Zhang’s lawful release. (Read more details and See the Official Sentence for Li and Zhang from ChinaAid website)

Posted in China, Christianity, Freedom of Belief, Human Rights, Inner Mongolia, Law, News, North China, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, Social, World | Comments Off on Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Aiding North Korean Refugees

More than 2,600 ill in China tap water contamination

Posted by Author on July 29, 2009


AFP, July 29, 2009 –

BEIJING — More than 2,600 people have fallen ill in a city in north China’s Inner Mongolia region after the tap water supply was contaminated during heavy rainfall, state media reported Wednesday.

A total of 2,622 people have sought medication for gastrointestinal illness and as of Tuesday night, 59 were hospitalised, the Xinhua news agency said, citing an unnamed spokesman with the Chifeng city health department.

Patients suffered from fever, diarrhoea, stomach ache and vomiting after drinking tap water at home, the report said.

The government has blamed heavy rainfall on Saturday for the pollution, it said.

The downpour caused water from a lake to spill over into a well that provides drinking water for a population of 58,000 in one city district, it added.

Around 30 years of unbridled economic growth have left most of China’s lakes and rivers heavily polluted while the nation’s urban dwellers also face some of the world’s worst air pollution.

More than 200 million Chinese currently do not have access to safe drinking water, according to government data.

AFP

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South Korean Minister and 40 House Church Christians Detained In China for Bible Study

Posted by Author on February 24, 2008


China Aid Inc, USA, Feb 21 2008-

Xilinhaote City, Inner Mongolia- China Aid has learned that the President of the Inner Mongolia Branch of the Chinese House church Alliance, Wang Dawei, was detained along with more than 40 co-workers on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. The leaders were in the 3rd day of Bible study when more than 100 Police officers from the State Security Bureau and members of the Religious Affairs bureua disrupted the meeting and detained the ministers. Police officials also confiscated the offering collection and more than 30 boxes of Bibles and other Christian literature.

Security Bureua members then searched the personal residence of Wang Dawei later on in the afternoon.

The leader of the meeting, a South Korean minister, was also detained during the incident, his whereabouts remain unknown.

The intensity of persecution amongst members of the Chinese House Church Alliance continues to increase as the Beijing Olympics draw near. This latest incident highlights the hypocrisy of Chinese officials who promote a “Harmonious Society” while simultaneously persecuting innocent and patriotic citizens such as Wang Dawei and others. We urge the Chinese Government to release these Christians and remain consistant with its own rhetoric on Religious freedom and rule of law.

For more information contact:

Wang Dawei: 13754197497
Wang Dawei’s Daughter:  13947941911

– More details from China Aid: MORE THAN 40 MEMBERS OF CHINESE HOUSE CHURCH ALLIANCE DETAINED IN INNER MONGOLIA; SOUTH KOREAN MINISTER ALSO MISSING

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Slave Wives A Growing ‘Industry’ In China

Posted by Author on November 3, 2007


The Age, Australia, Nov.3, 2007-

AT THE age of 20, Zhang Chunli had never set foot outside Zhongjiang, the nearest town to her small village in China’s western Sichuan province. So when the man she had just started dating offered to take her for a weekend trip to his home town, she jumped at the chance.

Chen Changhua was good-looking and making a good living removing warts from farmers’ feet.

Her “boyfriend” and his friends tricked Ms Zhang all the way to Hohhot, in Inner Mongolia, thousands of kilometres to the north. Sensing something was not right, Ms Zhang demanded to be taken back, but the men claimed to have run out of money.

Mr Chen took her to a farmer’s family in a desert village, supposedly to borrow money. “When Chen readied himself to go, I got up, too. But the family pushed me down. I didn’t understand what they were saying. Then the hard truth hit me: I was sold for 3600 yuan,” she said.

Every year, thousands of Chinese women are kidnapped and sold to farmers as their wives. The Chinese Government has launched numerous campaigns against human trafficking, featuring highly publicised arrests and heavy sentences against the kidnappers. But despite wave after wave of these campaigns, the problem still thrives in rural China, causing untold misery and pain for the victims and their families.

“The 32 months was hell,” Ms Zhang said, wiping tears from her face as she sat in her bare, small flat in Zhongjian. On the first night, Bai Jinquan, her buyer, climbed into her bed. “He was so dirty, smelly and old — I never knew how old he was, too old for me anyway. I was scared to death.”

She fought him off. The next day, Ms Zhang realised that she had become a prisoner. She was followed everywhere. She begged to be freed. That night, she attempted to escape but was soon caught. Mr Bai dragged her back by her feet, beat her unconscious, then raped her.

“I dreaded night-time when Bai came up to me, his dirty hands pulling off my trousers,” she said, eyes looking down at her tea. She gave up resisting his daily demands only after he threatened to sell her off: she had heard stories of bought wives being shared by several brothers.

Desperately missing home, Ms Zhang wrote many letters. Mr Bai kept them all save the one asking her mother to come and help after she became pregnant.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that between 2001 to 2003, police rescued 42,215 kidnapped women and children.

Security guard turned private detective Zhu Wenguang said: “Fellow villagers laugh at a man without a wife. But he if buys one, they don’t see anything wrong.”

Mr Zhu, 44, is known as Zorro. He is short, with a pot belly, and is an unlikely hero who has rescued more than 160 women, including Ms Zhang.

At her mother’s request, he came to set the young woman free with a van and three local policemen. Angry villagers mobbed the van, shouting: “Don’t let the woman go!”

Mr Bai hit Mr Zhu with an iron rod. Staying calm, Mr Zhu persuaded Mr Bai to get into the vehicle, on the pretence of solving the dispute at the local government. Mr Bai and his brother were lured to the police station where they were arrested for hitting a policeman, but were later discharged. Ms Zhang got away.

Mr Zhu said more than 90 per cent of the women he rescued were happy to return with him. Those who chose to stay with their captor said it was because they couldn’t tear themselves away from their children.

Original report from The Age

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2,000 Former Soldiers Rioted in 3 China Cities Over Poor Living Conditions

Posted by Author on September 13, 2007


Reuters, Via Toronto Star, Canada, Sep 12, 2007 –

BEIJING–About 2,000 former soldiers rioted in three Chinese cities last week over poor conditions in railway vocational schools where they were retraining, a rights group said.

Nearly 1,000 smashed equipment and set fires in their school in Baotou in Inner Mongolia and clashed with hundreds of police. At least 20 people were injured and five were arrested, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday.

Similar riots occurred in Baoji, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in central China, on the same day, Sept. 3, the centre said in a faxed statement.

“Food in the schools is bad and expensive. The dormitories have no electrical outlets and the students need to pay to recharge their cellphones,” it said.

An official at the Baoji school refused to confirm details, saying only that “everything has returned to normal.

“It was not a big deal, and things like that happen on campus a lot. But it was exaggerated by some people,” he said. “I do not want to say anything more about it, because it would not be good for our school’s reputation.”

The Wuhan school would not comment. Phones at the Baotou school were disconnected.

An official at the Railway Ministry declined to comment.

The simultaneous incidents, in which school property was smashed or set on fire, were organized by some of the former soldiers, the centre said.

The rioters were among 6,000 discharged troops the ministry recruited in July to be trained at 12 railway vocational schools across the country, it said.

Troops discharged from the People’s Liberation Army used to be offered good posts in the government or the police, but reforms in recent years have meant most of them have been left on their own after being demobilized, fuelling discontent.

It is rare in China for co-ordinated protests to hit several cities simultaneously, demonstrating the power of cellphones and the Internet, the Hong Kong-based group added.

– Report from Toronto Star: 2,000 retired soldiers riot over poor living conditions

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China Suffers Severe Drought and Floods in July

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 11, 2007-

Recent climate anomalies in China has caused ceaseless droughts in some areas and continuous floods in other places. Experts have pointed out that the global greenhouse effect and other human factors were the main reasons for the disasters.

Continuous droughts and high temperatures have been afflicting many areas including Hunan, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Fujian provinces and Shanghai City, with Jiangxi and Hunan being the hardest hit. The drought in the mid-eastern part of Inner Mongolia has lasted a long time, and the situation keeps worsening.

According to the latest official figures, this year 23 million acres of cultivated area suffered from the droughts, which is 2.7 million acres higher than average. The droughts affected 21.7 million acres of crops, among which 7.8 million acres are severely affected, and 1.4 million acres completely withered. The drought has also caused a fresh water shortage for 5.88 million people and 4.7 million cattle.

Since this summer, heavy rainfalls have caused floods in many parts of China, especially in Chongqing City as well as Sichuan, Guizhou, Xinjiang, Guangxi and Hubei provinces. So far the flood has killed nearly 700 people, affected 120 million, and caused US$7 billion economic losses.

Jiangxi is experiencing the worst drought in 50 years, with 1.06 million people facing a drinking water shortage, and 1.3 million acres of crops affected by the drought. The drought is still worsening, and is spreading quickly from the middle to the rest of the province.

According to latest figures, from April 1 to July 30 this year, the average rainfalls in Jiangxi is 594 mm, 32 percent below that in the same period of past years, and 20 percent blow that in the same period of 2003.

In Hunan Province the drought has continued for four weeks, which omens a dry autumn. Several million people are facing a drinking water crisis. Rainfall is down by 25 percent compared to previous years, leaving half of the two million water reservoir facilities empty.

According to the Hunan Meteorological Bureau’s forecast, the temperate will reach up to 40° C (104° F) in most of August.

Since June, high temperatures and low rainfall have affected the northeast Heilongjiang and some other areas in the province. The provincial Sanjiang Plain area is afflicted by a summer drought, which has not occurred in that area for many years. Some areas experienced over 40 continuous rainless days. A lot of farmlands are covered with a 30-centimeter (11.8 inches) deep layer of dry soil.

In Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, high temperature as lasted for 31 days by July 30, the longest period since the city’s first official weather record was made in 1880. In many other parts of Fujian, hot weather has also lasted for 26 to 35 days.

In Zhejiang the continuous hot weather has lead to water shortages in many places and the situation is becoming more serious.

Recently Shanghai has suffered continuous hot days with temperature as high as 39° C (102° F) or even higher.

According to a meteorological department report, Shanghai’s temperature peeked at 39.6° C (103° F) on July 29. The last time Shanghai had the same temperature was on July 25, 2003, and it broke a 63 years’ record.

So far nearly 700 people have died as a result of the flood, lightning and mudslides across China. The flood has affected up to 120 million people with economic losses amounting to $7 billion.

Chongqing City recently was hit by the heaviest rainfalls in the century. Millions of people were affected and nearly 100 were killed or missing. The losses reached 2.978 billion yuan ($0.39 billion).

Guangxi Province was also hit by continuous torrential rainfalls, resulting in mountain torrents and river flooding which affected 8.3 million people and caused a direct economic loss of 9.84 million yuan ($1.3 million).

From July 27 to 31, heavy rains hit Sanmenxia City of Henan Province, the south part of Shanxi Province, middle southern parts of Shannxi Province. Serious rainstorms and landslides have occurred in many areas. According to preliminary statistics, 57 people were killed and 43 were missing as of August 10.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Arrests 4 Underground Catholic Priests

Posted by Author on July 29, 2007


Press Release, Cardinal Kung Foundation, July 28, 2007-

Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A.  —  In the afternoon of July 24, 2007, at the home of a Catholic faithful in the Ximeng (錫盟) region of Inner Mongolia (內蒙古), three underground Roman Catholic priests from Xiwanzi (西灣子), Hebei (河北), were arrested by eight civilian-clothed policemen, because they refused to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and because they are loyal and obedient to Pope Benedict.

They were hiding in Inner Mongolia in order to avoid the arrests, but they were finally hunted down by the Security Police.

The names of these three priests are:

Father LIANG Aijun (梁愛軍), 35 years old, Chong Li county (崇禮縣), Hebei (河北).

Father WANG Zhong (王忠), 41 years old, Gu Yuan county (沽源縣), Hebei (河北).

Father GAO Jinbao (高金寶), 34 years old, Shang Yi county, Hebei (河北).

During the initial phase of the arrest, the priests were locked up in an iron cage. They were not allowed to talk to anyone. Water brought to them was refused by the police. They have now all been transferred to an undisclosed location.

In addition, a fourth priest, Father CUI Tai (崔太) of Shuangshu Village (雙樹村), Zhuolu County (琢鹿縣), 50 years old, was involved in a minor motorcycle accident in early July, 2007. After the accident was resolved, the authority transferred him to the public security and religious bureau. He has been detained in the Zhuolu County detention cell ever since.

Father CUI has also refused to register with the Patriotic Association. He belongs to the diocese of Xuanhua (宣化教區), Hebei.

Joseph Kung, the President of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said: “In his China letter published about a month ago on June 30, Pope Benedict, apparently referring to the Patriotic Association, said: ‘the proposal for a Church that is ‘independent’ of the Holy See, in the religious sphere, is incompatible with Catholic doctrine.’ The Pope continued to say: ‘Many bishops have undergone persecution…..lay faithful….even paying a personal price for their faithfulness to Christ.’ The Pope also assured the Chinese government that Catholics can also be “good citizens” and respectfully asked the Chinese government to guarantee them ‘authentic religious freedom.'”

“Let us not forget that there are, as far as we know, still five bishops in jail; many other bishops are under house arrests and severe surveillance; and approximately 15 priests and some Catholic lay persons – an unknown number of them – are also in jail. While we need to ‘love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us,’ as Pope Benedict told us in his China letter, we also need to awaken the world to the ongoing persecution of the Roman Catholic Church in China. The freedom-loving and powerful countries of the world should take into greater consideration – consistently, and persistently, and not haphazardly – all human rights violations in China when forming and implementing their political and commercial decisions in relation to China.”

“In the meantime, we urge the Chinese government to take steps immediately to stop all persecution throughout China and release all Roman Catholic bishops and clergy together with those faithful of other faith from prisons as a goodwill gesture to Pope Benedict and to restore the world confidence in its leadership.”

– Press release from  CardinalKungFoundation.org : Four underground priests are arrested

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6 Websites Closed In North China For Discussing Ethnic Problems

Posted by Author on July 27, 2007


(Excerpt) Reporters Without Borders, 26 July 2007-

The popular discussion forum Mongolian Youth Forum (www.mglzaluus.com/bbs, in Inner Mongolia, north China) was closed by the authorities on 12 July. According to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre (SMHRIC), which contacted one of the site’s administrators, Elsen, the forum was censored because it was operating without permission.

According to Elsen, the real problem was linked to frequent discussions it hosted about “ethnic problems” in the Chinese province.

The discussion forum, Nutuge, was earlier closed, in February 2004, on the orders of the Public Security Bureau after it posted a message considered to be “illegal”. The forum, created in 2002, had become one of the most popular in Inner Mongolia and mainly dealt with Mongolian culture and history. It did not deal with “sensitive” political and religious questions.

Five other websites have reportedly been closed or blocked in recent months, according to the SMHRIC, for posting “separatist content” or “discussion of ethnic problems”. These were:

Mongolian Landscape Forum, http://brgd.91x.net/bbs/,
The New Tribe, http://www.huhe1121.com/php/index.php,
Children of Grassland, http://www.minimongol.com,
The Home of Mongols, http://ehoron.com/bbs/index.asp,
The Steppe, http://www.talnutug.com

– Excerpt from Reporters Without Borders’ report : Repression in Inner Mongolia continues as jailed journalist is mistreated and websites closed

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China Arrested 15 House Church Leaders in Less Than A Week

Posted by Author on July 20, 2007


Press release, China Aid Association, Jul 19 2007-

Midland, Texas (CAA)- China Aid Association (CAA) learned that from July 10-14, a total of 15 house church leaders were detained in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Anhui province. A Vacation Bible School (VBS) for 150 children was attacked and 2 teachers were beaten and hospitalized.

4 House church Leaders in Inner Mongolia Detained

According to eyewitness reports, on July 14, four leaders were taken away and detained from the home of Pastor FU Pengtu at Wuda District, Wuhai city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

At 11:30 am, 4 military police from PSB of Wuhai City rushed to Pastor FU’s house without providing any legal papers and arrested Pastor FU’s wife GAO Chinxia (31-year-old), sister XIE Yanan, Pastor LIU Yukang, and sister CHEN Binghui. Among them, sister XIE and CHEN are house church missionaries from Pingdingshan city, Henan province.

Vacation Bible School for 150 Children Attacked in Jiangsu Province, 10 Detained

A House Church Leader in Anhui Detained

Meanwhile, on July 10, the PSB of Mingguang county, Anhui province, detained a local house church leader. Pastor LU Jingxiang was taken away from his house at Qiaotou town, Mingguang county. The PSB didn’t provide any legal paper for the arrest and claimed that pastor LU was involved “illegal religious activities.”

“We urge President Bush and other administration officials to speak more forcefully on the deteriorating situation of religious persecution in China.” CAA also urges the Chinese government to immediately release these arrested pastors.

Communicate your concern to the Chinese authorities at the following addresses:

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
http://www.china-embassy.org/
TEL: 202-7456743
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512

Premier Wen Jiabao, PRC
PO Box 1741, The State Council, Beijing, PRC (zip code 100017)
Contact Phone: +86-10-66012399

Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Tel: +86-10-65205114
Fax: +86-10-64729863
Address: No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)

original report by China Aid Association: 15 House Church Leaders Arrested in Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu and Anhui; a VBS for 150 Children Attacked with 2 Teachers Seriously Wounded by Police Violence

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China Reports New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak

Posted by Author on September 30, 2006


Washington Post, September 30, 2006-

BEIJING — A new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 985 chickens in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia, a state news agency reported Saturday.

The discovery in a village near the city of Baotou prompted authorities to destroy 8,990 other chickens to prevent the virus from spreading, the Xinhua News Agency said.

A laboratory confirmed Friday that the dead birds had the H5N1 strain of the virus, Xinhua said.

The strain has killed at least 148 people worldwide since it started ravaging poultry stocks in Asia three years ago, according to World Health Organization figures.

China has reported dozens of H5N1 outbreaks in its vast poultry flocks and has destroyed millions of birds in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

Veterinary experts believe the virus is spread by wild fowl that migrate across China.

Health experts have warned that China is bound to suffer more human cases if it can’t stop further outbreaks in poultry.

China has suffered 13 human deaths from bird flu, including a soldier who died in 2003 but whose infection was only confirmed in August this year through genetic testing.

Eight earlier poultry outbreaks were recorded this year in central China and areas of the north, east and southwest, according to Xinhua.

The most recent was in Changsha in the central province of Hunan, when 1,805 ducks were killed, the agency said. It said a quarantine on the area was lifted Sept. 6 after no new cases were found after three weeks.

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