» 04/28/2009, 00.00
Falun Gong members commemorate 10 years of persecution in China
Public demonstrations in Asia and the world against the Chinese Communist Party. In 1999, the group had more than 70 million members in China, and conducted a protest demonstration. Since then, the group has been banned and its members punished with imprisonment and torture.
Chinese official: Beijing has won the battle against Falun Gong
A member of a pro-government organisation claims that "people have understood the nature of the movement", the practice of which has been wiped out. In 1999 Jiang Zemin launched a harsh campaign of repression against an "illegal and subversive” cult. Official media maintain a low profile; activists denounce the death of 3 thousand people and tens of thousands of cases of torture.
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.
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.
Gao Zhisheng, the lawyer "who defies the Communist Party"
Five human rights activists have disappeared of late. Together with Gao Zhisheng, they are fighting to "restore human rights in China". AsiaNews introduces the man who makes Communist government leaders tremble with his open letters, his criticism of political and religious repression and his legal work in defence of the persecuted. His group has launched a hunger strike which has drawn many participants and enjoys widespread media coverage.
China: three lawyers arrested for defending the rights of Falun Gong members
CHRD denounces "a progressive deterioration of the situation" for lawyers who fight for human rights in China”. One of the three arrested had already been sentenced in 2005 to one year of re-education through forced labour for the same reason.
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