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RSF: Communist Party celebrates longevity, but Chinese activist says it has gone deaf

Posted by Author on July 1, 2011


As China’s Communist Party celebrates the 90th anniversary of its founding today, beginning with a flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square attended by 30,000 people, Reporters Without Borders insists that the toll from the crackdown of the past 90 days outweighs all the achievements of the past 90 years that the party has been proclaiming.

“The party’s efforts to present a festive image of national cohesion are designed to hide a disturbing deterioration in freedom of expression and information, especially during the last five months,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The ceremonies and political speeches must not be allowed to eclipse the wave of arrests of dissidents and human rights lawyers, and the censorship in Inner Mongolia.
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Catching Scent of Revolution, China Moves to Snip Jasmine Flower

Posted by Author on May 14, 2011


DAXING, China — Do not be lulled by its intoxicating fragrance or the dainty, starlike blossoms whose whiteness suggests innocence and purity. Jasmine, a stalwart of Chinese tea and the subject of a celebrated folk song often heard while on hold with provincial bureaucrats, is not what it seems.

Since Tunisian revolutionaries this year anointed their successful revolt against the country’s dictatorial president the “Jasmine Revolution,” this flowering cousin of the olive tree has been branded a nefarious change-agent by the skittish men who keep the Chinese Communist Party in power. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Army Quitting the Chinese Communist Party ?

Posted by Author on May 6, 2011


The Jasmine Revolution succeeded in Tunisia and Egypt as their military refused to fire upon the people. This caused shocks and reflections within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) army.

Recently, official newspaper People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily published articles that the army spares thoughts on, like an “army without the party.” For the first time, it publicly discloses the impact of the tide of quitting the party within the military.

On March 29, PLA ran a full page of 7 articles to refute demands of an army of no political forces, no partisanship, and under the control of the state (rather than the CCP). With brainwashing techniques, the articles used “soul-stirring” to describe this “war without a gun smoke.” Read the rest of this entry »

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39 Individuals Affected by China’s Crackdown Following Call for “Jasmine Revolution” (Name list)

Posted by Author on April 23, 2011


The Chinese government has criminally detained a total of 39 individuals since mid-February after anonymous calls for “Jasmine Revolution” protests first appeared online. As of today, six of the criminally detained have been formally arrested, three have been sent to Re-education through Labor (RTL) camps, 14 have been released (out of which nine have been released on bail to await trial) while 16 remain detained.

In addition, two people have been placed under residential surveillance while about 17 activists remain missing. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Human Rights Briefing April 13-19, 2011

Posted by Author on April 19, 2011


Highlights

Activist Ni Yulan Becomes Latest Victim of “Jasmine” Crackdown:

CHRD learned this week that housing rights activist and former lawyer Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) has been criminally detained in Beijing for “creating a disturbance.” CHRD has now documented the criminal detention of 39 dissidents and activists as part of the current crackdown, launched by the government to suppress potential “Jasmine Revolution” protests. Another 18 individuals remain missing after being taken away by police. Some, such as human rights lawyer Teng Biao (滕彪) and activist and IT expert Gu Chuan (古川), have now been missing for two months.

Wuhan Dissident Li Tie Faces Decade in Prison as “Subversion” Trial Opens: Wuhan City activist and dissident Li Tie (李铁), arrested last fall on the charge of “subversion of state power,” was tried this week in Wuhan City Intermediate Court. Prosecutors asked the court for a ten-year sentence for Li; the hearing ended without a verdict. Li was represented in court by a police-appointed lawyer, as attorney Jin Guanghong (金光鸿), hired by Li’s family, disappeared shortly before the case.

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Former Lawyer, Handicapped from Torture, Ni Yulan, is Criminally Detained for “creating a disturbance”

Posted by Author on April 18, 2011


Housing rights activist and former lawyer Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) has been criminally detained in Beijing for “creating a disturbance,” CHRD learned today. No information is currently available regarding the fate of her husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤), who was seized by police along with Ni on April 7. CHRD has now documented the criminal detention of 38 dissidents and activists as part of the current crackdown, launched by the government to suppress potential “Jasmine Revolution” protests. Another 16 individuals, including Dong, remain missing after being taken away by police. Some, such as human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) and Teng Biao (滕彪), as well as activist and IT expert Gu Chuan (古川), have now been missing for nearly two months.

“Detaining Ni Yulan, who has been left wheelchair-bound by torture while previously detained, for ‘creating a disturbance’ shows how little regard the Chinese government has for its own laws or for international human rights norms,” said Renee Xia, CHRD’s International Director. “It also demonstrates how little pressure the Chinese government has felt from the international community during this ongoing crackdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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My friend, the dissident who ‘disappeared’ in China

Posted by Author on March 30, 2011


You might think it gets easier to stomach news of a good friend or terrific individual ”disappearing” in China, given the rate at which it has been happening. But Yang Hengjun vanishing from Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport hits deeper into the abdomen and rises further up the throat, I think, because it comes with an added feeling that the ground for everyone in China is shifting fast beneath our feet.

Nobody has heard from ”Henry” Yang since Sunday when the Sydney writer phoned a colleague to say he was being followed by three men. Australian diplomats, already struggling to cope with the growing list of detained ethnic Chinese Australians, say they are urgently trying to find him. Yesterday Yang’s legions of online followers voiced hope that this increasingly brutal system would not be so irrational as to ”disappear” him, rather than simply warn him that the censor’s red line was closing in. Read the rest of this entry »

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China detains Australian activist Yang Hengjun

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


(The Australian) CANBERRA has been kept in the dark on the whereabouts of Australian Yang Hengjun, who has been caught up in the biggest crackdown against democracy activists by Chinese authorities since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Dr Yang, an author and internet activist, was detained at Guangzhou airport in southern China on Sunday, according to friends who spoke to The Australian.

He was on his way to a pro-democracy conference in Beijing where he was planning to speak. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Artist Ai Weiwei plans studio in Germany

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


BEIJING — Controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Tuesday he plans to set up a studio in Germany to showcase his work after facing huge hurdles in exhibiting art in his home country.

Ai, who is also a prominent political activist, told AFP he planned to establish the studio in Berlin and use it for publicity and exhibitions, although he will still use Beijing as his production and design base. Read the rest of this entry »

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China charges two activists amid “Jasmine” crackdown

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


(AFP) BEIJING — China has formally arrested two activists on charges of “inciting subversion” amid a widening crackdown on dissent linked to calls for “Jasmine” protests, rights groups said Tuesday.

Ding Mao and Ran Yunfei were both detained in the southwestern province of Sichuan in February and have been formally accused of “inciting subversion of state power” amid calls for protests emulating those sweeping the Arab world.

According to the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the family of Ding, who was once jailed for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, was formally notified of the charges Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

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China arrests more activists for urging protests

Posted by Author on March 14, 2011


BEIJING — Police in China have arrested and charged more activists with subversion, rights groups say, as online calls Sunday urged Chinese to join anti-government rallies for the fourth week running.

Guo Weidong, 38, was charged with “inciting subversion” Friday after he posted Internet calls for protesters to attend rallies marking the “Jasmine revolution,” the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China said.

Guo, a businessman in east China’s Zhejiang province, was taken into police custody Thursday, the Hong Kong-based centre said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Blogger Detained for Subversion, his wife warned against using Twitter

Posted by Author on March 11, 2011


Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have detained prominent blogger Guo Weidong, known by his online nickname “Daxa,” his wife said Friday.

The move comes amid an ongoing crackdown on political activists and petitioners following calls for a fourth day of “Jasmine” protests in major Chinese cities.

Guo was taken from his home late at around 8.00 p.m. on Thursday by more than 10 police officers from nearby Ningbo city, his wife Zhang Dan said. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Jasmine Revolution a Smiling, Pedestrian Affair

Posted by Author on March 5, 2011


By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times Staff-

A website claiming to represent China’s homegrown Jasmine Revolution has called on the populace to take to the streets, every Sunday afternoon.

They sign their posts with “Chinese Jasmine Revolution Initiators,” and give regular updates with ultra-specific instructions on locale, protest etiquette, and an evolving political stance.

They say that everyone should simply turn up and walk around, smiling.

The impact such actions may have is ambiguous, say dissidents and observers. Read the rest of this entry »

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HRW: China Should Immediately Investigate Police Assaults Against Foreign Journalists

Posted by Author on March 2, 2011


The Chinese government should immediately investigate a recent incident in which more than a dozen members of the foreign media were assaulted or intimidated by uniformed Chinese police and plainclothes thugs in downtown Beijing, Human Rights Watch said today. Failure to thoroughly investigate such incidents fosters a culture of official impunity for attacks against the press in China.

“It’s unacceptable that the police attack foreign media seeking to cover a public event,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese government should show it isn’t turning back the clock on media freedom by investigating this incident and holding the perpetrators accountable.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Foreign journalists detained in China’s ‘Jasmine’ protests

Posted by Author on March 1, 2011


New York, February 28, 2011— Chinese security officials’ concerted attack on the foreign press in a busy commercial street near Tiananmen Square in Beijing Sunday is a return to the restrictions international reporters faced before they were eased in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Police briefly detained more than a dozen foreign journalists and assaulted at least two at the site of a planned anti-government protest in Beijing on Sunday, according to international news reports. All were released after a few hours. Anonymous appeals for “Jasmine”-themed protests in Chinese cities, based on popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, began circulating online on February 19. The authors of the appeals call for an end to government corruption and an independent judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Police violence against foreign journalists to cover the street protest in Beijing

Posted by Author on February 28, 2011


Police officers roughed up foreign journalists trying to cover a protest yesterday on Beijing’s Wangfujing Street, including a Bloomberg News reporter who was badly beaten by plainclothes security men and had to be hospitalized with a head injury. Cameras were seized in order to delete photos and video. A dozen journalists were held for several hours in a police station. Media and websites including TV5, CNN and Linkedin were censored.

Inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” pro-democracy demonstrations in Tunisia and elsewhere, the Beijing demonstration had been announced in advance on the Internet but hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes police officers, accompanied by police dogs, were deployed in major show of force to prevent it from taking place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heavy Charges for Chinese Activists before the Jasmine Rallies Call Appeared on Internet

Posted by Author on February 26, 2011


A few days before the Jasmine Rallies called for by Chinese organizers to be held in 23 cities on Sunday, February 27, the Chinese authorities have charged many activists with serious state security crimes, including “subversion of state power” and “inciting subversion of state power.” Those charged include three Sichuan activists: public intellectual Ran Yunfei (冉云飞), rights activists Chen Wei (陈卫), and Ding Mao (丁矛); Jiangsu rights activist Hua Chunhui (华春辉); and Harbin-based blogger Liang Haiyi (梁海怡), who goes by the penname Miaoxiao (渺小). Read the rest of this entry »

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China detains, censors bloggers on ‘Jasmine Revolution’

Posted by Author on February 26, 2011


New York, February 25, 2011— China’s censors tightened Internet controls and security officials harassed and detained writers and activists in the wake of an online appeal for a “Jasmine Revolution” in China, according to international human rights groups and news reports. The apparent crackdown came in advance of two top legislative meetings, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, scheduled for March.

Censors blocked the word “jasmine” after overseas dissident-run news website Boxun and Chinese Twitter users broadcast calls on February 19 to mobilize street protests modeled on recent unrest in the Middle East, according to international news reports. (Twitter is generally blocked in China but accessible to users of proxy networks based overseas.) Only a handful of protesters appeared, although calls continued for government protests characterized as “strolls” to continue every Sunday around China, according to The Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Censorship reaches new heights in China

Posted by Author on February 25, 2011


Reporters Without Borders today denounced the Chinese government’s “gagging” of the population with increased censorship and other “unacceptable practices” that it said seemed to aim at “stamping out all forms of freedom of expression.”

Even as China became the planet’s second biggest economy, it still suffered from very serious environmental pollution and the authorities were targeting human rights campaigners by investing in the world’s most sophisticated censorship apparatus, known as “The Great Firewall,” the press freedom organisation said. Read the rest of this entry »

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