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TIBET – CHINA
Fearing protests, Beijing imposes a lockdown on Tibet
Chinese authorities ban foreign travellers from the autonomous region between 25 February to 30 March, a period Tibetans use to mark past popular uprising against Maoist forces, the Dalai Lama’s flight, and the protests against the Beijing Olympics. Restrictions are also imposed on local residents who cannot travel beyond ten kilometres from their place of residence.
13/10/2016 09:19:00 CHINA
Young pro-democracy activist sentenced to 5 years in prison for "subversion"
Huang Wenxun is guilty of giving interviews to foreign newspapers, in which he encouraged Chinese activism against the companies. He was tortured in prison and held in detention for three years before trial.
Hun Sen: 30 years in power in Cambodia amid corruption, abuse and human rights violations
The Prime Minister today marks three decades in government making him one of the longest serving leaders in the world. He defends his actions, saying that he restored peace and unity. For critics his rule is characterized by corruption, extra-judicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests. HRW: Cambodia is a "one-party" nation.
China's Empty Promise of Rule by Law
From between the lines of Party documents, sycophants inside and outside China are able to imagine a "spring for rule of law" that doesn't exist while ignoring human rights disasters suffered by Ilham Tohti, Xu Zhiyong, Cao Shunli, Gao Zhisheng, Uighurs, Tibetans, petitioners, Falun Gong adherents, and house churches. The kind of selective blindness has hindered Western readers and politicians from understanding the reality in today's China and favored trade over human rights.
Xu Zhiyong gets four years as “last shred of China’s dignity” destroyed
For legal experts , the trial against the dissident is a betrayal of all of Xi Jinping’s sermons on reforms and the fight against corruption. Hu Jia, Xu supporter, was seized by the police. Xu was "too" popular: he had defended the parents of children involved in the poisoned milk scandal and demanded migrant children’s rights to go to school and in university
Practicing law now will require an oath of allegiance to the Communist Party
Apprehensive over lawyers' activism on behalf of religious and political dissidents, China's regime imposes a new oath to support "socialism with Chinese characteristics" and "the leadership of the Communist Party". The pledge must be taken within three months of obtaining the permit to practice.
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