» 09/16/2010, 00.00
First conviction for human organ trafficking in Beijing
Under Chinese law, organ trafficking is not a crime per se; thus, traffickers were convicted for “illegal business operation”. So far, the authorities have tolerated the practice or even used death row prisoners’ organs for transplant.
The trial of Liu Xiaobo or the death of justice
The leader of the "Mothers of Tiananmen", who was among the first to sign Charter 08, attacks the Chinese government. For her, the "regime's moral foundation" is beginning to collapse and "once it topples, there will be no way to bring it back". As long as Liu is in prison, "our minds cannot be at peace."
Ahead of party congress, dissident gets eight years for "subversion"
A court in Kunming convicts Cao Haibo a year after his arrest. The 27-year-old man was found guilty of setting up an online forum on liberal democracy and criticizing the one-party Communist dictatorship. In one, week the party congress will crown a fifth generation of leaders.
World day against drugs, China carries out eight death sentences
The sentences executed yesterday and the day before yesterday in Fujian and Chongqing. The phenomenon of drug dealing and use is increasing. 51,000 criminal cases in 2009, up 16.5% on the previous year. Severe sentences for 17,400 defendants.
China officially admits executed prisoners are the basis of organ trafficking
Health authorities acknowledge the problem for the first time. They also recognise the existence of an organ black market but deny public officials are involved, blaming instead surgeons, who in turn, refute such allegations.
Sichuan: five years in jail for investigating quake collapsed buildings
Tan Zuoren received the maximum sentence in a trial that lasted less than ten minutes. Officially accused of "subversion" for writing inherent to Tiananmen Square. Human rights groups contend that the real reasons are documents collected on "poor" quality materials used to build schools.
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