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December 12 2019

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@SomersetBean: #HumanRightsDay marks the 3290th day that Julian Assange's human rights have been denied. Denied due process. Denied the asylum he was granted. Denied the rule of law. All to hold him in the UK for a show trial & an effective death sentence in the US for publishing the truth.

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December 10 2019

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October 10 2019

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Six arrested after refusing to participate in CCP celebrations

«Contact between Free Tibet’s research partner, Tibet Watch, and confidential sources in Tibet revealed that Tsegyal, Yangphel, Dudul Lhagyay, Norsang, Shewang Namgyal and Sithar Wangyal were arrested in Tarchen Township in Nagchu, central Tibet, on 20 September.

The six defied instructions to wave Chinese flags, sing patriotic songs and praise the ruling Chinese Communist Party in the run up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

According to sources, family members of the six have asked local authorities to permit them to hand over food and blankets. The authorities have rejected these requests and issued threats that they will extend the detention period of those arrested members if they continue to insist.»

September 27 2019

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Money vs Integrity. When governments all choose to look the other way, it is up to the people to monitor and penalize the government officials who fail to speak up against these severe violations of human rights.
— @hoccgoomusic’s comment on NYT report China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.

September 24 2019

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@HongKongFP: A video verified by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute shows up to 600 Uighur Muslim prisoners shackled and blindfolded in Korla, Xinjiang, China. Sky News reported that the footage is thought to have been shot earlier in 2019.

Chinazi concentration camp exposed? Watch video on this Twitter page. If the footage is authentic, the situation is truly horrific…

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European Parliament strongly condemns repression of women in Iran

«In her remarks to the session, MEP Anna Fotyga from Poland said she commended the women of Iran for their bravery, determination and will not only for their struggle for women’s rights, but for their protests against the regime.» … I feel this remark is about (illegal) regime change, rather than human rights.

Wikipedia: National Council of Resistance of Iran (redirect from NCRI women's committee)

September 22 2019

Broken bones, internal bleeding: Hong Kong police used ‘reckless, indiscriminate’ tactics during protests, says Amnesty

"...police officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been restrained. The use of force was clearly excessive, violating international human rights law."
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September 19 2019

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Taiwan News: Netizens outraged by 'gene washing' wedding between Chinese man and Uyghur woman

«In the video, a host of a wedding party appears to ask the Chinese groom how long he has known the bride, and he replies "two months." Instead of being happy, the Uyghur woman has a sad look on her face, as if she is being coerced into the wedding. The person who uploaded the video indicated that it was an example of forced marriages between Han Chinese men and Uyghur women that the Chinese government is implementing to assimilate the ethnic minority group in Xinjiang Province.»

YouTube: Uyghur woman is enforced to marry China man

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UN Chief Should Denounce China’s Abuses in Xinjiang

«United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should join the growing number of those speaking out publicly against China’s mass detention of over one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists, and World Uyghur Congress, said in a letter to the secretary-general released on September 17, 2019.

By publicly and unequivocally condemning the Chinese government’s abusive policies and calling for the immediate closing of its “political education” camps in Xinjiang, Guterres would make an important contribution in addressing one of the most pressing human rights issues during his tenure leading the United Nations.

“Secretary-General Guterres should use the weight and authority of his office to unambiguously call on China’s leadership to shut down Xinjiang’s abusive detention centers,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The countless victims of China’s latest wave of repression depend on his leadership in standing up to Beijing and demanding an end to the persecution.”»

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【PDF】 Xinjiang Joint Statement

«In July, 25 countries issued a joint statement on Xinjiang at the UN Human Rights Council that raised serious concerns about the arbitrary detention and intense surveillance that the predominantly Turkic Muslim population in Xinjiang has been subjected to in recent years.» — Human Rights Watch

August 26 2019

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June 01 2019

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Assange exposed to severe abuse - UN expert


GENEVA (31 May 2019) A UN expert who visited Julian Assange in a London prison says he fears his human rights could be seriously violated if he is extradited to the United States and condemned the deliberate and concerted abuse inflicted for years on the Wikileaks co-founder.

“My most urgent concern is that, in the United States, Mr. Assange would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture.

“I am particularly alarmed at the recent announcement by the US Department of Justice of 17 new charges against Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act, which currently carry up to 175 years in prison. This may well result in a life sentence without parole, or possibly even the death penalty, if further charges were to be added in the future,” said Melzer, who was also following up on earlier concerns for Assange’s health.

Although Assange is not held in solitary confinement, the Special Rapporteur said he is gravely concerned that the limited frequency and duration of lawyers’ visits and his lack of access to case files and documents make it impossible for him to adequately prepare his defence in any of the complex legal proceedings piling up against him.

“Since 2010, when Wikileaks started publishing evidence of war crimes and torture committed by US forces, we have seen a sustained and concerted effort by several States towards getting Mr. Assange extradited to the United States for prosecution, raising serious concern over the criminalisation of investigative journalism in violation of both the US Constitution and international human rights law,” Melzer said.

“Since then, there has been a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.” According to the expert, this included an endless stream of humiliating, debasing and threatening statements in the press and on social media, but also by senior political figures, and even by judicial magistrates involved in proceedings against Assange.

“In the course of the past nine years, Mr. Assange has been exposed to persistent, progressively severe abuse ranging from systematic judicial persecution and arbitrary confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy, to his oppressive isolation, harassment and surveillance inside the embassy, and from deliberate collective ridicule, insults and humiliation, to open instigation of violence and even repeated calls for his assassination.”

Melzer was accompanied during his prison visit on 9 May by two medical experts specialised in examining potential victims of torture and other ill-treatment. The team

were able to speak with Assange in confidence and to conduct a thorough medical assessment

“It was obvious that Mr. Assange’s health has been seriously affected by the extremely hostile and arbitrary environment he has been exposed to for many years,” the expert said. “Most importantly, in addition to physical ailments, Mr. Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.

“The evidence is overwhelming and clear,” the expert said. “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange and seriously deplore the consistent failure of all involved governments to take measures for the protection of his most fundamental human rights and dignity,” the expert said. “By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse.”

In official letters sent earlier this week, Melzer urged the four involved governments to refrain from further disseminating, instigating or tolerating statements or other activities prejudicial to Assange’s human rights and dignity and to take measures to provide him with appropriate redress and rehabilitation for past harm. He further appealed to the British Government not to extradite Assange to the United States or to any other State failing to provide reliable guarantees against his onward transfer to the United States. He also reminded the United Kingdom of its obligation to ensure Assange’s unimpeded access to legal counsel, documentation and adequate preparation commensurate with the complexity of the pending proceedings.

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!” 

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June 02 2018

Who are China's political prisoners? A human rights assessment, 29 years after Tiananmen

On the anniversary of the deadly crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, an overview of China's political prisoners from 1981 to 2017.
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November 04 2017

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@CatalansForYes: Print this poster at home and hook it in the streets of your town to support Catalan political prisoners! Take a pic and send it to us

July 15 2017

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BBC News: Liu Xiaobo

  • Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Liu Xiaobo played a significant role in the Tiananmen Square student protests of June 1989, which ended in bloodshed when they were quashed by government troops.

    He and other activists negotiated the safe exit of several hundred demonstrators, and have been credited with saving their lives.

    He was subsequently placed in a detention centre and released in 1991.

    Mr Liu's campaign to free those detained during the Tiananmen Square protests landed him in a labour camp in north-eastern China for three years, but he was permitted to marry poet Liu Xia there in 1996.

    He was later freed, and continued to campaign for democracy.

    The 11-year jail term was handed down in 2009 after he compiled, with other intellectuals, the Charter 08 manifesto. It called for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.

    Mr Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state.

    He was a pro-democracy figurehead for activists outside mainland China, although many of his compatriots were unaware of his struggles because the authorities rigorously censored news about him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn't erase (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Beijing's problem began in 2010 when he won a Nobel Peace Prize. That immediately catapulted Liu Xiaobo into an international A-list of those imprisoned for their beliefs, alongside Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Carl von Ossietzky.

    The last in that list may be unfamiliar to some, but to Beijing he's a particularly uncomfortable parallel. Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist who won the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize while incarcerated in a concentration camp. Hitler would not allow a member of the laureate's family to collect the award on his behalf.

    Liu Xiaobo was also serving a prison sentence for subversion when he won the peace prize. Beijing would not let his wife collect the award and instead placed her under house arrest. Liu Xiaobo was represented at the 2010 award ceremony in Oslo by an empty chair and the comparisons began between 21st Century China and 1930s Germany.

    Strict censorship is another shared feature of both cases. Mention of Carl von Ossietzky's 1935 Nobel peace prize was banned in Nazi Germany and the same is true of Liu Xiaobo's award in China today. For a time China even banned the search term ‘empty chair’. So he has been an embarrassment to China internationally, but at home few Chinese are aware of him. Even as foreign doctors contradicted the Chinese hospital on his fitness to travel, and Hong Kong saw vigils demanding his release, blanket censorship in mainland China kept the public largely ignorant of the dying Nobel laureate in their midst.

    Selective amnesia is state policy in China and from Liu Xiaobo's imprisonment until his death, the government worked hard to erase his memory. To make it hard for family and friends to visit, he was jailed nearly 400 miles from home. His wife Liu Xia was shrouded in surveillance so suffocating that she gradually fell victim to mental and physical ill health. Beijing punished the Norwegian government to the point where Oslo now shrinks from comment on Chinese human rights or Liu Xiaobo's Nobel prize.

    But in death as in life, Liu Xiaobo has refused to be erased. The video footage of the dying man which China released outside the country was clearly intended to prove to the world that everything was done to give him a comfortable death. The unintended consequence is to make him a martyr for China's downtrodden democracy movement and to deliver a new parallel with the Nobel Peace Prize of 1930s Germany.

    Liu Xiaobo was granted medical parole only in the terminal stage of his illness, and even in hospital he was under close guard with many friends denied access to his bedside. Nearly 80 years ago, Carl von Ossietzky also died in hospital under prison guard after medical treatment came too late to save him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo death: 'Even RIP is being deleted by censors' (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Chinese-language sites appear to have steered clear of reporting the story altogether - a news search of ‘Liu Xiaobo’ on leading Chinese search engine Baidu brings up no domestic press mentions of Mr Liu since February.

    On social media, it is very much the same story. A search on the popular Sina Weibo microblog brings up a message saying ‘according to relevant laws and policies, results for “Liu Xiaobo” cannot be displayed’.

    Many apparently innocuous comments from influential users appear to have been deleted from Sina Weibo.

    Xu Xin - a user with 31 million followers - posted a few candle emojis, which have been removed.

    People often use candle emojis on Weibo to commemorate someone who has died.

    'TobyandElias' wrote: ‘Weibo is really busy tonight - things are constantly being deleted. Even R...I...P is being deleted’”

  • Liu Xiaobo: Concern for China dissident's widow Liu Xia (Jul. 14 2017)

    “Amid the controversy, attention is shifting to Mr Liu's wife, with mounting concern for her mental health.

    In a statement the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was ‘deeply worried about Liu Xia's situation’ and called upon the Chinese authorities to ‘lift all restrictions they have put upon her’.

    ‘If she wants to leave China, there is no justification for denying her the opportunity to do so.’

    Liu Xia, a poet, is said to be suffering from depression after spending years under house arrest and heavy surveillance. She was allowed to visit her husband in hospital.

    ‘She has been, what shall I say, contaminated by her husband's situation,’ Ms Reiss-Andersen told the BBC.

    ‘She has been held in house arrest and has been isolated for several years now... and she has not been a political activist as her husband has been.’

    Germany, UK, France, the United States and Taiwan have called on China to allow her to leave the country if she wishes.

    The call was endorsed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who urged China to ‘guarantee Liu Xia's freedom of movement’.

    Rights group Amnesty International has started a petition for her release, saying ‘it's time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing’ the artist.

    The Chinese foreign ministry said Liu Xia would be treated in accordance with the law.”

    “In mainland China, international reports on Liu Xiaobo's death have been censored, and local media have carried virtually no reports apart from sparse coverage in English, correspondents say.

    Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times said in an English editorial that Mr Liu was ‘a victim led astray’ by the West.

    Online in China, many comments on his death on social media also appear to have been censored.

    Mr Liu's friends in China have been told by authorities not to organise any memorial events, according to Germany-based activist Tienchi Martin-Liao, who told the BBC that ‘many have been detained already’.

    But outside the mainland, Chinese activists have been openly mourning him, with hundreds in Hong Kong attending a vigil on Thursday night.”

  • Charter 08: A call for change in China (Dec. 9 2010)

    “Charter 08 advocates a whole series of reforms that would result in a separation of powers, a new constitution and legislative democracy.

    It says the Chinese Communist Party's approach to modernisation has been ‘disastrous’.

    If its suggestions were introduced, it would mean the end of the current political system that the party has fought so hard to maintain.”

    “China's top leaders - most notably the premier, Wen Jiabao - have also themselves raised the idea that the country's political system should be reformed.

    But the authorities were so concerned about Charter 08 that they put pressure on many of those who supported it.

    Some were simply asked to withdraw their signatures.

    But Liu Xiaobo, as one of the authors, was given a harsher sentence. He is currently serving an 11-year jail term at a prison Jinzhou in northeast China.”

July 14 2017

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“Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei told the BBC: ‘China is such a society [where] the government is very arrogant and will never listen or negotiate or tolerate these kind of ideas. It's not only Liu Xiaobo, before him... millions lost their lives.’”

“Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Facebook: ‘The Chinese dream should not be swaggering, the Chinese dream should include the dream of Liu Xiaobo: the implementation of democracy, so that every Chinese person can have freedom and dignity.’”

Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (BBC News, Jul. 13 2017)

July 06 2017

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Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.

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