» 01/28/2009, 00.00
New year begins with arrests of Charter 08 signers
Ahead of the celebration, the police put writer Liu Di under house arrest, and prohibit Zhao Dagong from leaving the city to celebrate with his elderly parents. Bao Tong: Charter 08 is a good opportunity for the country to "unite and resolve the problems" that cause conflicts and social protests.
17/02/2009 TIBET – CHINA
People arrested for not celebrating Tibetan New Year, showing Dalai Lama photo
Monks and ordinary citizens protest peacefully, shouting “Free Tibet” and “No Losar Celebrations” to mark their opposition to Chinese rule. Police beat them and take them away. Nothing has been heard about them since.
27/01/2009 CHINA - TIBET
Tibetans not celebrating new year, in memory of massacres in 2008
Instead of celebrations, there will be silence and prayer vigils in memory of the Tibetans killed by Chinese security forces in 2008. An appeal to Tibetans all over the world.
Human rights award for Liu Xiaobo and for Charter 08
The prize for Liu, under house arrest since December, is intended to recognize his struggle for human rights and freedom of speech. Meanwhile, the family of the activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng has fled to the United States, and is denouncing constant intimidation and torture.
Party official issues urgent call for democratic reforms
Within the Communist Party itself, a growing number of voices are calling for political reforms, less censorship, and room for dissent. They are applying pressure to the leaders, who want to talk only about the economy. The police "sequester" a signer of Charter 08 for hours.
Chinese dissidents call on UN to intervene over human rights
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