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April 23, 2009

US Lawmakers Urge China to Account for Rights Lawyer

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By Deborah Tate Capitol Hill 23 April 2009

Key U.S. senators are calling for China to account for well-known Chinese human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared after he was forcibly removed from his home in Shaanxi province by police in February. The lawmakers made their appeals on the Senate floor as Gao’s wife watched from the visitor’s gallery in the chamber.gaosfamily

Gao Zhisheng, who was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, was forcibly taken from his hometown in Shaanxi province early in the morning on February 4 by more than a dozen police officers. Currently, his whereabouts are unknown. Gao has been kidnapped and tortured for his pursuit of human rights in China. Gao sent an open letter to the U.S. Congress dated September 12, 2007, and, afterward, was kidnapped and severely tortured by Chinese authorities for more than 50 days.  Though authorities threatened Gao with death if he revealed the torture he experienced, Gao chose to release publically the details of his experience. It is believed his current disappearance is a direct result of his refusal to be silent.

Sign the petition for Gao Zhisheng’s immediate release at www.FreeGao.com.

Read Gao Zhisheng’s open letter to the U.S. Congress in 2007.

Read Gao Zhisheng’s open letter to the international community regarding his kidnapping and torture by Chinese authorities in 2007.

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Dalai Lama calls the CCP immature becuase China is a superpower that is afraid of any differing opinions.

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TOKYO (AFP) — The Dalai Lama accused China of “acting like a child” in cracking down on Tibetans and other minorities, saying it lacked the moral authority of a genuine superpower.

dalai-lama-elton-melo2The Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters in Japan that while China could boast military, economic and population muscle, it feared even small signs of dissent.

Addressing a Tokyo news conference on a stopover before a speaking tour of Europe and the United States, he said he saw China, “such a big nation, acting like a child.”

He said the government routinely arrested individuals with different views, but stressed that “such a big nation of over one billion people (should have) no need for such sort of fear.”

10 Year ‘anniversary’ of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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How this continues to be ignored out of convenience and comfort is really inhuman, but I hope eventually some people will do something about this…

BEIJING (AP) — Now entering its second decade, China’s relentless drive to obliterate the Falun Gong spiritual sect has left a human toll ranging from the deaths of followers in custody to the self-exile of others and the beatings of their lawyers.

Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of a protest by an estimated 10,000 practitioners in Beijing that alerted the communist government to the group’s strength and wide appeal.

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The April 25, 1999, demonstration was intended to show how Falun Gong believers had learned compassion, forbearance and tolerance, said practitioner Bu Dongwei in a telephone interview from the United States, where he fled six months ago.

But the size and discipline of those who gathered unsettled the communist leadership, ever wary of independent groups that could threaten its authority.

Two months later, the group was labeled an “evil cult” and banned, its leadership arrested, and a campaign launched to forcibly reconvert millions of believers. Anyone practicing Falun Gong or even possessing materials about it could be arrested.

Followers say the crackdown cost the lives of 3,200 practitioners, including 104 last year.

The government says some Falun Gong followers have died in detention because of hunger strikes or refusing medical help. But it denies any have been intentionally killed.

March 4, 2009

Persian Xiaozhao: My First “Tea” Experience

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This set of articles from China Digital Times has broadcasted this woman’s experiences “being called for tea” by state security agents (like the KGB) because she 1. signed Charter 08 (a charter describing the need human rights and democracy in China) and 2. because she has been so public that the Washington Post intervied her.

So she was in trouble but you can’t really tell much from her experience, well, the KGB characteristics are a bit nuanced in this context.  I just hope the people who battled in the front lines have paved the way for her to able to get away with voicing her values.  I hope she will have adequate support, if not, the CCP will be too eager to get rid of her and spare her no agony…

I especially liked reading the last entry because there are lot’s of supportive comments towards Xiaozhao

China rule of law, oxymoron

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gaobook2Most of the issues plaguing the world could be solved with a comprehensive legal understanding.  In China the biggest problem is corruption, and that is due to the people in power not abiding by the constitution and instead using fear tactics to keep the people quiet.

The point is that the top level of the CCP cannot rectify this issue (in my opinion).  If the top levels stop the lower levels from doing whatever they want to get rich and live an exploitative lifestyle, then the top CCPers would no longer have the tools to run the lower levels and control the whole society as it does through fear.

If the lower levels did not have the huge incentive of total freedom to exploit, then why would they lie boldfaced through the media?  Why would they do so much harm on behalf of the CCP to keep the people quiet?

They do that because they have an understanding with the top level.  They have sold their mafia services to the top level for freedom of corruption.

If the tope level CCPers start cracking down on illegal activity in the true sense of the word, then they will be the first ones to go to jail, so how can the CCP implement it’s own doom?

Gao Zhisheng is known as “the conscience of China”. He is self taught lawyer, a great lawyer who believes in the spirit of the law and justice, so of course, he is in jail suffering torture for that under the CCPs orders since gaofamilythey do not want anyone disturbing the way they have it set up.  They do not want people with conscience showing courage and influencing others to stand up.

Please support lawyer Gao…

China Human Rights Getting Better, At Least According To An Analyst In America

This is an older article, but it is good because it shows an overall positive movement by the Chinese people.  I know it might seem that I am always frustrated that the people in China don’t solve the problems of human rights, but maybe they are and I just am not seeing it reported…

activist3Sociologist Ching Kwan Lee, a sociologist at the University of California-Los Angeles, writes in the summer issue of the American Sociological Association’s Contexts magazine that there is a ‘quiet revolution’ happening among citizens of China that isn’t recognized by the louder human rights activists.

In the case of labor rights, despite a series of labor laws passed since the activist21990s, Lee asserts that labor standards in China have remained extremely bad since the country’s economic reform began 30 years ago. As a result, non-governmental organizations have formed to provide legal and other services; the legal profession has ballooned; and workers are protesting through civil disobedience and other strategies.

Property ownership is another area in which local governments violate activist4citizen rights in pursuit of financial gains from land lease sales and urban redevelopment. Homeowner activism has included petitions, mass occupations of property management company offices, development and use of neighborhood Web sites, hunger strikes and other strategies. In addition, homeowners’ associations are increasingly being formed to advocate for rights and prevent power abuses by the local government.

In the area of land rights, thousands of conflicts, some violent, arise every activist5year in China due to illegal land grabs by local officials, withholding of farmer compensation and lack of job replacement for those whose land has been taken. An estimated 34 million farmers have lost some or all of their land over the past two decades. Rural Chinese citizens are reacting to these rights violations by issuing public statements, filing lawsuits and organizing collective protests.

“Today’s rights activism in China provides a look at the forces driving the near-total transformation of the most populace nation in the world,” Lee said. “Attention may shift away from China after the 2008 Olympic Games conclude, yet the struggles between economic growth and social stability; between authoritarian rule and a more responsive state and involved citizenry; and between local and central governments will continue to shape and define China for the long-term future.”

read all in social science blog

February 9, 2009

China’s whitewashed human rights report vs. Charter 08

When China’s human rights record comes up for review before a key United Nations panel on Monday, this nominally communist country will have two contrasting accounts of its human rights situation.

A petition signed by hundreds of Chinese intellectuals, ordinary people and even some government officials, calls the world’s attention to China’s lack of human rights, claiming “the decline of the current system has reached the point where change is no longer optional”.

“The Chinese government’s approach to modernisation has proven disastrous,” the manifesto titled ‘Charter 08’ says. “It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century?”

Inspired by Charter 77, a plea to the communist government of the former Czechoslovakia to respect basic human rights – made by that country’s intellectuals in January 1977- China’s charter was released online on Dec.10th on the 60th anniversary of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has since been signed by more than 4,000 people.

Dissent to government views on human rights though has been smothered inside the country. The dissemination of the politically sensitive Charter 08 has been banned and scores of the original 303 signatories to the document have been summoned to demand their retraction.

“As U.N. members prepare to debate China’s rights record, they should remember that this opportunity is one chronically denied to the vast majority of Chinese people,” says Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. Unnervingly for China’s leaders, Charter 08 links the 1989 Tiananmen “massacre of pro-democracy student protesters” with China’s failure to live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The signatories are calling for an end to one-party authoritarian rule and laying out a vision for a rights-based society where leaders of all levels of government are elected, peasants enjoy the same rights as city-dwellers and freedoms of speech, expression and religion are protected.

“The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change,” the charter says.

Authorities are especially touchy this year as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, as well as sensitive anniversaries for Tibetans and Falun Gong adherents. persian

The communist leadership is worried that the worst economic downturn in two decades and rising unemployment could spark massive social unrest that would threaten its monopoly on power.
Persian Xiaozhao: I Signed My Name After a Good Cry!

“The present situation of maintaining national security and social stability is grave,” public security minister Meng Jianzhu reportedly warned China’s leaders in January, according to state media.

HELP Bring to light China’s illegal vast torture and detention system

BEIJING (Reuters) – China defends its handling of human rights under the glare of international scrutiny this week, while homegrown activists are waging their own scrappier battle over secretive detentions in the nation’s capital.

A meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council starting in Geneva on Monday gives groups and governments a chance to press Beijing on secretive executions and jailed dissidents as well as labor camps and other forms of detention.

Despite the ruling Communist Party’s censorship and crackdowns on dissent, demands for rights are spreading throughout this increasingly diverse and fractious society.

“In a sense, this is the biggest human rights issue, because it involves so many people, it’s so widespread, and it’s so lacking in legal justification,” said Xu Zhiyong, a Beijing law lecturer and rights advocate who has organized “guerrilla” citizen rescues of detained petitioners.

The aggrieved farmers, workers and pensioners are then held in the unadvertised detention centers, many on Beijing’s southern outskirts and the backroads of other cities and towns. Zheng said he was hauled into one such “black jail” in the capital, driven back to one in his hometown and locked up until late last year.

“Local leaders want to protect themselves, so they try to hide us away, hide away our complaints,” said Zheng.

“The police told me I was there to learn the law. But they’re the ones who need to learn the law,” said Yuan Rongbao, a middle-aged ex-soldier from Yunxi who said he was also held in the station for a week last year after going to Beijing to complain about the demolition of his home.

In one recent raid, 30 clean-cut protesters waved copies of China’s laws against unlawful jailing and aimed video cameras at startled guards. Accounts and footage of their protests have spread over the Internet, and with other critical reports they are raising pressure on officials, said Xu.

Teng Biao, a Beijing rights lawyer who has also joined the campaign against the petitioner jails, said fighting such abuses needed both domestic and international activism.

“We need external pressure and scrutiny,” he said. “But the real improvements will need domestic breakthroughs, domestic campaigns. Without that, human rights can’t lay down firm roots.”

VIDEO black jails and the olympic lie please watch this, it is real, but it is only the tip of the iceburg.  The real places of unspeakable torture are not accessible unless someone makes a serious move.

UN discusses China’s human rights problems

The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a hearing today on China’s human-rights record. Like other U.N. confabs, it’s unlikely to result in concrete action. But any public attention to Beijing’s actions is a discussion worth having…….

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bluepoliceThe Human Rights Council — home to Saudi Arabia, Cuba and other rights abusers — has rarely, if ever, lived up to its name. But that doesn’t mean that today’s meeting is without merit. China can be sensitive to diplomatic pressure on human rights. During the U.N. review last year of China’s commitments as a signatory to the Convention Against Torture, the delegation from Beijing was forced to provide information that otherwise might never have seen the light of day.

For today’s meeting, the advance questions submitted to the Council by its freer nations — the Czech Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Sweden — touch on some important issues, such as persecution of human-rights defenders, domestic censorship and allegations of torture. The Council may also raise last year’s crackdown in Tibet, Beijing’s iron grip on dissent during the Olympics, the one-child policy, “re-education through labor,” religious freedom and the detention of dissidents. Jerry Cohen and Eva Pils relate the story of recently “disappeared” human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng here.

China will deny every alleged offense, as it has done in the past, by citing a long litany of laws and human-rights conventions to which it has acceded. In its submission to the Council before today’s meeting, Beijing asserted that it implements its laws “in the light of China’s national realities.”

The irony of that statement is probably lost on its authors. It’s becoming harder and harder for Chinese authorities to suppress news of human-rights violations in the age of the Internet and cell phones. As China develops, its citizens are demanding better treatment. The more public attention is focused on that trend, the better.

February 5, 2009

CHINA: GOVERNMENT’S REPORT TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WHITEWASHES ABUSES

Amnesty International

5 February 2009

Six months after the closing of the Beijing Olympic Games, the UPR presents a rare opportunity for the international community to systematically engage with China on the full spectrum of human rights concerns.

amnestyHowever, China’s government report omits reference to the on-going crisis in Tibet, the severe crackdown on Uighurs in China’s Western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and the on-going persecution of various religious practitioners, including the Falun Gong members.

“China’s national report fails to list some of the country’s most pressing issues,” said Roseann Rife. “Ignoring severe violations of human rights in the country undermines the goals and spirit of the UN UPR process.”
According to Amnesty International, the official report also fails to mention China’s systems of administrative detention, in which up to several hundred thousand individuals may be incarcerated without trial or access to a lawyer, and the need to reform the household registration system, which institutionalizes second-class citizenship for the hundreds of millions of rural labourers in the cities.

I am not at all surprised.  What are they supposed to do, come out and admit that they are psychopathic murdering fiends? (not China, we’re not talking about China here, we’re talking about the party).  Will anyone dare to ever actually take a good look at the truth?  Will Obama stick to his words and actually be a responsible leader?  The problem is, whoever takes the step to reveal the truth, will get ‘punished’ by the communist party.  The French president wanted to meet Dalai Lama, so the CCP ‘punished’ the leader by avoiding France.  They are terrified of the truth of their human rights record, TERRIFIED.  I KNOW what they have done and how they have gone to great lengths to make people believe they have not been doing those things.  It is incredibly sad to see their tactics working because the wonderfulness of revealing the truth is wayyyy better than the comfort of pretending there is no problem.  That’s my opinion, obviously not everyone agrees.  I wish they would…

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