» 01/07/2008, 00.00
Hu Jia arrested, Beijing “is ignoring promises made to get the Games”
The world renowned activist, who for years has been fighting against the spreading of AIDS, was arrested on December 27th and is now in prison accused of subversion. The Chinese Human Rights Defenders accuse China of its ferocity against dissidents and asks for a revision of the law which punishes subversion against the State, a smoke screen which hides abuse and violence.
The Olympic Torch arrives in Xinjiang, as the death sentence awaits the Uyghurs
Tight security measures are put in place in the Muslim region for fear of terrorist attacks. Beijing claims sound relations between minorities but the Uyghur’s seek autonomy and greater freedom from Chinese colonisation. Dozens of Uyghur’s charged with “terrorism” await trial and the death sentence.
Hu Jia charged, petition calls on government to protect human rights
Despite EU and US protests, the well-known Chinese activist is formally charged with inciting subversion against the state. More than 14,000 activists and dissidents call on the government to ratify the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia angers Beijing, makes activists happy
China’s government slams “award to a jailed criminal”. Human rights activists praise the choice as “a huge encouragement”, urging Beijing to recognise basic human rights “to become a great modern power.”
Olympics two years away: human rights ignored as Beijing gears up
In the Chinese capital, the countdown to the Olympic Games kicks off today. There are many rallies, much propaganda and plenty of accusations of human rights abuses. Some organizations are calling on athletes and Olympic committees to consider a public boycott.
Beijing puts dissidents under house arrest ahead of martial arts Olympics
Dissidents and democrats removed from the city or put under surveillance before Beijing hosts the sporting event. The powerful China increasingly afraid of any protest and "removes" dissidents several times a year.
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