» 02/27/2009, 00.00
Protesters who set themselves on fire in Beijing are Uyghurs
They had come to present a petition. Today the group "Tiananmen Mothers" asked the government to reveal whether 127 people who disappeared in the massacre on June 4, 1989, are alive or dead. Experts: the government is not resolving the problems, and there are more and more protests, some of them with extreme actions.
Beijing launches massive "security campaign," restricts business visas
The real aim seems to be that of repressing all dissent and social protests. Experts: as a major economic power, China cannot continue to isolate itself from the world.
Beijing: police covering up news about three people setting themselves on fire
The identity of the three people is being withheld to avoid suggestions about possible motives, like an extreme attempt to protest against rights violations. Yesterday in Shenzhen worker set himself on fire after he was sacked without severance pay. The life of imprisoned human rights Wang Guilan is danger because prison authorities are denying her medical care.
Beijing will ban torture and abuse of prisoners within two years
The first plan for the introduction of human rights in China has been published. The main objective is protection of prisoners, but also the fight against unemployment. Many experts are in favor, although they are skeptical about the actual implementation. But others observe that it is important merely to admit that there are fundamental human rights that go beyond subsistence.
Dissident freed after 13 years in psychiatric hospital
Wang Wanxing was arrested in 1002 after he called on the Communist Party to review its judgement of the democratic movement in Tiananmen Square. His testimony features descriptions of "sadistic" doctors.
Pro-democracy activist Wang Rongqing sentenced to six years for "subversion"
He is one of the veterans of the pro-democracy movement. The heavy sentence demonstrates that the government intends to suffocate the spread of democratic ideas, following the publication of the Charter 08. Beijing also fears demonstrations in 2009, the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen. Wang Rongqing has also written in defense of religious freedom.
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