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China: Trial of prominent activist ‘The Butcher’ a cruel farce

The Chinese authorities must end their persecution of prominent activist Wu Gan and immediately and unconditionally release him, Amnesty International said, ahead of his expected trial on Monday. Wu Gan, better known by his pen name ‘The Super Vulgar Butcher’, is to be tried at a closed court hearing in Tianjin for “subverting state power” – a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Date:
11 August 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

China: Tens of thousands demand President Xi frees Liu Xia

Almost 70,000 people from across the world have urged China’s President to lift all restrictions and end the harassment against poet and artist Liu Xia, one month after the death of her husband, Nobel Peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xia has not been heard of since her husband’s hastily arranged funeral ceremony and sea burial on 15 July. Prisoner of Conscience, Liu Xiaobo, passed away in custody two days earlier.

Date:
11 August 2017
  • Research
  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Open letter calling for the lifting of all arbitrary restrictions on Liu Xia

Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Asia, wrote to the President of China to draw attention to Amnesty International’s petition to end the illegal house arrest and surveillance of Liu Xia, stop the harassment, and allow her to travel freely. A total of 69,850 signatures have been collected through global online platform and national Sections. Liu Xia has returned to Beijing but is still under tight surveillance.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6831/2017
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  • China
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China: Open Letter Calling for the Urgent Medical Attention of Su Changlan

24 directors from Amnesty International sections, national and regional offices across the world wrote to Minister of Public Security of China to draw attention to the dire situation of Su Changlan, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in China. In light of her appalling health conditions in detention centre, Su Changlan requires immediate transfer to adequate health facilities so as to be able to receive the appropriate medical care she requires.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6830/2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Further information: Forcibly returned activist held incommunicado: Dong Guangping

Dong Guangping’s court hearing scheduled for April 2017 has been cancelled by authorities with no reason provided. Charged with “subverting state power” and “crossing the national border illegally”, Dong Guangping has been held incommunicado since his forced return from Thailand in 2015. He is at risk of torture and unfair trial.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6889/2017
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  • China
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China: Further information: Falun Gong practitioner indefinitely detained

A judge has asked the prosecutor to collect further evidence for the trial of Falun Gong practitioner, Chen Huixia, for her indictment of “using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement”. Following a court hearing in Hebei province on 12 May 2017 her trial has now been indefinitely adjourned. Arbitrarily detained since 3 June 2016, Chen Huixia was tortured and has had no access to her family for over a year.

Date:
3 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6860/2017
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Bangladesh: Further Information: All 28 men suspected of being gay released

The five remaining men still being held on bail, of the 28 who were arrested at a social event outside of Dhaka, were released on 21 July 2017. Initially suspected of being held on suspicion of breaching the prohibition of ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ under Section 377 of the Penal Code, all 28 were charged under the Narcotics Control Act 1990.

Date:
2 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 13/6854/2017
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VPNs are a vital defence against censorship - but they're under attack

By Joshua Franco, Technology and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International @joshyrama  You have probably heard of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), right? They’re those things you use to stream movies online in other countries that are annoyingly blocked in yours. If VPNs were banned, how would you watch the latest robot apocalypse blockbuster online without having to wait a whole year? Now imagine that the online content banned in your country isn’t movies, but rather major social media platforms, or the main sources of information about your religion, or your sexual orientation.

Date:
1 August 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Anti-corruption activist to be freed but relentless crackdown goes on

Chinese authorities must end their callous assault against human rights activists and free all those still imprisoned for solely exercising their right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International, ahead of the expected release of prominent social activist Xu Zhiyong. Xu Zhiyong is due to be released from prison on Saturday, 15 July after completing a four year jail sentence. In January 2014, he was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place” following more than six months in pre-trial detention.

Date:
14 July 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Liu Xiaobo: A giant of human rights who leaves a lasting legacy for China and the world

Responding to the news that Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo has passed away, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International commented: “Today we grieve the loss of a giant of human rights. Liu Xiaobo was a man of fierce intellect, principle, wit and above all humanity. “For decades, he fought tirelessly to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms in China. He did so in the face of the most relentless and often brutal opposition from the Chinese government.

Date:
13 July 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Detention

China: Authorities must end ruthless crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists

The Chinese authorities must end their ruthless campaign of detention and torture of human rights lawyers and activists, said Amnesty International, ahead of the second anniversary of the start of an unprecedented crackdown launched under President Xi Jinping. Nearly 250 human rights lawyers and activists have been targeted during the nationwide sweep which began on 9 July 2015. Six have since been convicted for “subverting state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

Date:
7 July 2017