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UN committee: Beijing should apologize to Tiananmen victims
The committee against torture calls upon China to ask forgiveness for the massacre of students, and to provide information on the people still in prison. It also expresses the hope for "full and impartial" investigations to clarify the affair and punish the guilty. The UN also calls for an end to torture.
Human rights in China: UN should push for abolition of labor camps, arbitrary detentions
Christians, Muslims, members of Falun Gong, prostitutes, drug users suffer up to 4 years of forced labor without any charges or trial. Torture, beatings, humiliations, health risks are the order of the day. Beijing under UN review February 9 and 11 in Geneva.
Beijing will ban torture and abuse of prisoners within two years
The first plan for the introduction of human rights in China has been published. The main objective is protection of prisoners, but also the fight against unemployment. Many experts are in favor, although they are skeptical about the actual implementation. But others observe that it is important merely to admit that there are fundamental human rights that go beyond subsistence.
Legal action against those who put human rights before the Olympics
The trial begins against Yang Chunlin, in jail since July for "subversion" because he wrote that human rights take precedence over the Olympics. Meanwhile, the controversy over Darfur continues: those who criticise Beijing want only to tarnish its greatness, and Spielberg can't tell dreams from reality.
Repression continues: four years in prison for defending the rights of the dispossessed
The lawyer Liu Yao is accused of "fomenting violence", but responds that he only did his job, and that the evidence of alleged damage is "false". Meanwhile, a teacher is going to forced labor for one year, with no trial or appeal, for photographing the collapsed schools in Sichuan and putting the images on the web.
Hu thanks the police as rate of death by torture grows in prisons
The Chinese president praises the "outstanding contribution" of law enforcement for October 1 celebrations. An 60 year old was killed under interrogation. Deprived of food, water and sleep, with 90 lighted cigarettes stuffed in his nostrils. Activists and petitioners die from "suicide" or "bad heart" conditions. Prohibited autopsies.
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