» 04/06/2011, 00.00
No response from Beijing to Ai Weiwei protests but arrests of dissidents continue
Calls for his release mount, to the embarrassed silence of China. Meanwhile the persecution of dissidents continues. Experts say Beijing is showing it can arrest who it wants when it wants indifferent to international pressure.
Arrests continue for signers of Charter 08
More signers of the document calling for respect for human rights are in jail, or under house arrest. But President Hu says that China will promote human rights only according to "the basic situation of the country."
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.
The battle for democracy in China is changing gear
A group of Chinese lawyers asks the regime to shed light on the death of Li Wangyang and to end the suspicious deaths in custody, the blind dissident Li Guizhi is helped to escape and hid from government repression, activists in Hong Kong are increasingly asking Beijing for democracy and human rights. The communist regime reacts the same way: forced labour and summary arrests. But while dialogue with the United States seems at a standstill, the movement inside the China appears increasingly determined.
Arrests and convictions, some illegal, ahead of October 1
Ahead of "sensitive" the number of citizens who seek justice through the method of petitions multiply in Beijing. The government responds with arrests, disappearances and illegal sentences.
Beijing: For the 21st anniversary of Tiananmen, thousands of tourists and (some) police
Security forces guard the area, but keep a low profile. The leaders of the Tiananmen Mothers promote a small memorial in memory of their children and other victims. Bao Tong: the massacre of June 4 has blocked the development of China.
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