500-mile walk protests Falun Gong persecution
“The protection of these rights, for all its citizens, is the first responsibility of any government. Any government that does not protect the God-given rights of its citizens is irresponsible. Any government that actively denies human and political rights for its citizens cannot have any claim to legitimacy, regardless of it wealth or power,” he said.
“There are no human rights for Chinese citizens. There are no civil rights for Tibetans. There are no religious rights for Falun Gong practitioners.”
China detains quake school critic – rights group
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said police in southwest China’s Sichuan province detained Zeng Hongling for “inciting subversion” after she wrote essays arguing that corruption made a mockery of school building standards.
‘The Dissidents’ Conspiracy’
China human rights lawyers denied license renewals
The Beijing Judicial Bureau [official backgrounder] has refused to renew the licenses of a number of Chinese human rights lawyers before a Saturday deadline, a China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group [advocacy website] official said Friday.
WASHINGTON POST: China muzzles journalists who asked difficult questions
This month, the propaganda ministry issued directives to state-run media banning reports on school construction and protests by parents. School sites have been sealed off, and attempts by parents to gather near them have been broken up. A number of foreign journalists were briefly detained and then ordered to leave Dujiangyan after they tried to report on one attempted demonstration — even though authorities in Beijing had said the previous day that coverage in the earthquake area would not be restricted.
Amnesty and the Olympics
“In 1993, I was one of 20 high-profile dissidents released from prison as part of China’s first charm offensive to secure the Olympics. I was released one month before the International Olympic Committee came to Beijing for an inspection tour. Obviously, I was glad to be free, but I also recognized that I was being used as a bargaining chip. I was released, but many others remained in prison for expressing their beliefs.”
U.S. ‘Internet freedom’ bill faces rough road
A proposed federal law that would slap extensive regulations on technology companies doing business in China and other nations deemed to be unreasonably “Internet-restricting” is facing an uncertain future due to opposition from the Bush administration and telecommunications providers.
China tightens screws against dissidents ahead of Olympics
“The context related to the run-up to the Olympic Games in August 2008 has continuously strengthened an environment already hostile to human rights and their defenders,” said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in its annual report.
The observatory is a joint project by the Geneva-based World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).
For the Olympics, prohibited to protest or speak with foreign journalists
From April 1 to the end of October, dissidents in Shanghai are prohibited from speaking with foreign journalists, leaving the city, protesting, or petitioning the government. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) criticises China for “politicising” the passage of the torch through Tibet.
Press Release: Human Rights in China Condemns the Detention of Huang Qi by Police in Chengdu
The police refused to disclose the grounds for his detention. At the same time, the police reportedly summoned Huang Qi’s friends, as well as petitioners who had sought help from Huang Qi’s Tianwang Human Rights Center (http://www.64tianwang.com)
Beijing Olympics Could Highlight China’s Human Rights Situation
But Yang, founder and president of the Boston-based Foundation for China in the 21st Century, lamented that the human rights situation in his country has worsened.
“We have seen to our dismay that the Chinese government in recent months heightened control over the political rights” of the Chinese people and “continues to commit human rights violations,” said Yang, a mathematician by training who — because of his political activism — was blacklisted by the Chinese government and forced to live in exile.
China: Crackdown Violates Olympic Promises
“Charging people with ‘inciting subversion’ has become the weapon of choice to silence dissent ahead of the Games,” said Richardson. “Hu Jia’s only ‘crime’ was to speak honestly about the tightening chokehold on dissent ahead of the Games, and his arrest sends a stark message to other Chinese activists: lie low ahead of the Olympics or face the consequences.”
Seven rights groups urge IOC’s Rogge to speak out at last on human rights in China
Olympic Watch said that IOC also needs to speak out for the freedom of Chinese journalists and affirm explicitly that peaceful promotion of human rights at Olympic venues is in no way in contradiction to the Olympic Charter.
Dissident on trial as China denies pre-Olympic crackdown
China’s human rights record has come under intense international scrutiny in the build-up to the Olympics after unrest in Tibet, as well as limitations on media freedoms.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said last year that at least 30 journalists and 50 cyber-dissidents were being detained for work that angered Chinese authorities.
China mounts dissident assault before Games
Despite the shiny new stadiums that now dot Beijing’s smoggy skyline, the most lasting legacy of this year’s Olympics may well be the state-of the-art surveillance systems the authorities have installed, supposedly to counter any terrorist threat. Many, though, believe the monitoring equipment will be used to track people suspected of opposing the Communist regime.
China Pays Compensation for Organ Harvest Without Consent – Watchdog
The Tan family has been demanding a full explanation over the organ harvest and planning to file a subsequent complaint recently. However, a government official warned them against filing a complaint ahead of the Olympic Games and told them more compensation is possible if they let it rest.
China: 8 Beijing Agents Abducts Dissident In Broad Daylight as Olympics Approach
According to Zhang, agents threatened him, saying that if he got involved in any human rights activities, “he would be sent to a mental hospital or sent to prison and tortured by prisoners.”
Zhang believes that his arrest was part of a large-scale effort in Beijing to stop human rights activists and political dissidents and suppress their agenda.
“We will not flinch nor waver. We will keep going. We will tell more people to stand up for their rights. We want democracy and human rights, not bloody Fascist Olympics,” Zhang declared.
Chinese dissident jailed for five years after human rights petition
“My brother helped farmers asking for land. He might have criticised the party as well as some officials, but all he did is to improve the development of democracy in China. What he said is based on freedom of speech. It is not against the law,” she said. “If it were not Olympic year, my brother won’t get such a heavy sentence.”
Dissident’s Arrest Hints at Olympic Crackdown
For human rights advocates and Chinese dissidents, Mr. Hu’s detention is the most telling example of what they describe as a broadening crackdown on dissent as Beijing prepares to play host to the Olympic Games in August. In recent months, several dissidents have been jailed, including a former factory worker in northeastern China who collected 10,000 signatures after posting an online petition titled “We Want Human Rights, Not the Olympics.”
A pre-Olympic dissident clampdown?
In a foreword to the report, writer Wei Jingsheng wrote: “In particular, last year the Chinese Government’s repression has rapidly upgraded, in an effort to make sure there is no dissident voices from the people during the 2008 Olympics.”
Outside China, charged Wei, some Western politicians have even tried to stop their sportsmen from expressing their political opinions on China during the Games.
Jesus in China: Life on the edge
“I am an honest citizen. Everything I do is legal,” Zhang said. “But in the eyes of the Communist Party, everybody in my family—me, my wife, my two sons and daughter-in-law—we are dangerous people. Our phone is bugged. We are followed everywhere. Wherever we stay, we are thrown out.”
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