» 03/24/2009, 00.00
Protecting civil rights leads to jail in Sichuan
Trade unionists are arrested for protesting against unpaid wages and activists are jailed for reporting citizens’ complaints. Police summons and warns other rights’ defenders.
Sichuan: man arrested for setting up group to defend people’s rights
For years Xing Qingxian has defended people’s rights in Chengdu against abuses by employers and local authorise. Two weeks ago he set up a group to defend such rights. He is currently in police detention for disturbing the social order.
A year after the Sichuan quake demanding to know the names of dead students can mean prison
Police arrests writer Tan Zuoren, guilty of trying to find the truth behind the collapse of schools that killed thousands of students. Almost a year after the quake there is no official truth, and none might be forthcoming. The authorities plan to spend almost US$ 1.2 billion to make schools safer.
Workers clash with police over pensions and health insurance
In Chongqing some 800 workers take over an abandoned plant, slated for redevelopment. In Zigong (Sichuan) police and about a thousand laid-off textile workers clash.
The trial of Huang Qi, advocate for Sichuan survivors, postponed
Some 10,000 pupils died in last year’s 12 May earthquake under the rubble of shoddily-built schools. China’s government has promised justice but it is cracking down on anyone who protests. Gao Zhisheng is home two weeks after he “disappeared.”
Police cordons off Tiananmen dissident Bao Zunxin’s funeral
Police arrests, harasses and interrogates activists, lawyers and human rights advocates to prevent them from attending the funeral of a great hero of democracy.
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