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As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists
The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.
China-US dialogue: restrictions on dissidents until June 4
Lawyers, intellectuals, writers deprived of their liberty for fear that they meet with people or contact media. The presence of international political figures (currently from U.S., soon from the EU) increases pressures, controls, forced removals from Beijing.
Torture in Uzbekistan: systematic and unpunished
Pro- rights groups denounced the systematic use of torture by police and officials to extract confessions or to "punish" opponents. Their complaints go unheard and the judiciary is not independent from the executive.
Special squad and police kill 160 in 6 months
A report by a human rights centre documents the killings, which were described by the media as deaths occurring in "crossfire" or in "encounters" with security forces. But in reality they were executions.
Shandong: blind activist condemned to four years in prison
Chen Guangcheng, who denounced forced abortions in his home province, was found guilty of damaging a car and blocking traffic. Yesterday, sentence was also handed down to Zhao Yan, accused of revealing state secrets abroad: three years for "fraud".
Hundreds of activists arrested in lead-up to National People's Congress
More than 400 people who wanted to submit petitions were taken away during the night. Dissidents and human rights activists are arrested to ensure the session of the National People's Congress unfolds peacefully.
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