» 09/03/2011, 00.00
In Beijing, migrant workers are treated like slaves, Ai Weiwei laments
Under house arrest, the well-known dissident publishes an article on the situation of migrants in Beijing, where they have no rights. In his piece, he criticises China’s justice system, mentions attempts to force him to emigrate.
Beijing court rejects Ai Weiwei appeal
Appeal was presented to the court in May. Police bar the activist from hearing the delivery of the verdict. He must pay a fine of 2.2 million for tax evasion. Ai: "We will continue to appeal until we can, we have nothing to lose."
More dissidents arrested as CP congress approaches
Rights activists and religious leaders “disappear” or are placed under house arrest. Beijing streets are crawling with police stopping anyone who appears to be a possible petitioner.
Hu Jia charged, petition calls on government to protect human rights
Despite EU and US protests, the well-known Chinese activist is formally charged with inciting subversion against the state. More than 14,000 activists and dissidents call on the government to ratify the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
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Ai Weiwei and the death of rule of law in China
The great Chinese dissident recalls the beginning of arbitrary arrests (of which he was the first victim) and warns: the detention of intellectual figures is reminiscent of the first sad steps that led to Mao Zedong’s disastrous cultural revolution.
And now Ai Weiwei is under investigation for child pornography
Charged over photographs on display for over a year on the internet. The investigations concerns anyone else involved in the production and publication of the photos, even the employees of Ai. The charges against the well-known artist multiply, since he began criticizing Beijing.
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