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China: Liu must be released immediately

Responding to the news that Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo has developed late-stage liver cancer while in prison and is currently in hospital receiving treatment, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Patrick Poon said:   “It adds injury to insult that Liu Xiaobo, who should never have been put in prison in the first place, has been diagnosed with a grave illness. “The Chinese authorities should immediately ensure that Liu Xiaobo receives adequate medical care, effective access to his family and that he and all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
26 June 2017
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  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

China: Submission on the Draft “National Intelligence Law”

Amnesty International submitted comments regarding the Draft National Intelligence Law. As other laws in the national security legal architecture, the Draft Law would legalize censorship, surveillance and arbitrary detention in the name of national security beyond the requirements set out in international law. Amnesty International in particular submits concerns and recommendations with regard to the vague and overbroad concepts of “national intelligence” and “national security” as used in this law; concerns about the right to privacy and risk of arbitrary detention and torture or other ill-treatment.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6412/2017
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Tiananmen anniversary lays bare China’s contradictory attitude towards history

History. Few words are more important, or even sacred, to Chinese culture. China prides itself on having a rich history and illustrious culture that goes back 5,000 years. And yet, when it comes to the treatment of history, China’s ruling Communist Party suffers from a case of Orwellian “double think” – holding two mutually contradictory ideas at the same time without recognizing the contradiction. On the world stage, Chinese leaders boldly assert that history should be viewed objectively, and all parties should acknowledge past human rights violations, no matter how painful it may be to do so.

Date:
4 June 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Further information: China: Former government official executed: Zhao Liping

Zhao Liping was executed on 26 May 2017 following the approval by the Supreme People’s Court of his death sentence with immediate execution. The decision was made despite serious concerns about whether he had received a fair trial and allegations that his “confession” was made after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
26 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6365/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6326/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Further information: China: Activists indicted for commemorating Tiananmen: Fu Hailu, Chen Bing, Zhang Junyong and Luo Fuyu

Four activists have been indicted for “inciting subversion of state power” for producing and promoting their own baijiu (a popular Chinese liquor) that commemorated the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown. They are considered to be prisoners of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6262/2017
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China: Human rights lawyer released on bail amid relentless crackdown

The release of Xie Yang on bail does not represent a break in China’s relentless crackdown against human rights lawyers, Amnesty International said today. Xie Yang was tried in Changsha City Intermediate People’s Court in southern China on 8 May for “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order” and apparently released on bail even though a verdict has not been announced. “This unusual sequence of events does nothing to alleviate the concerns about torture in this case,” said Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
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  • China
  • Censorship and Free Speech

4.6 million actions for Write for Rights!

Amnesty supporters around the world outdid themselves this Write for Rights 2016. Together, you wrote an amazing 4,660,774 letters, emails, tweets and much more. Among those messages were words of support that made all the difference to the many whose rights we were writing for. Here are just a few of their personal thankyou notes to you. "It brought me to tears to see all the letters that Amnesty International had collected.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • Research
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China: Disclose the whereabouts of two Tibetans who attempted self-immolation

Wangchuk Tseten and Pema Gyaltsen were taken away by police after attempting self-immolations. Amnesty International calls on the Chinese government to immediately inform the families their whereabouts, or, if they are no longer alive, return the bodies of the deceased individuals to their family members. The Chinese government should also stop harassing, intimidating, attacking and arbitrarily detaining their family members and others accused of being involved with the self-immolations.

Date:
21 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6098/2017