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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
  • Campaigns
  • 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
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: End relentless repression against human rights lawyers on first anniversary of crackdown

Chinese authorities must end their ruthless assault against human rights lawyers and activists, Amnesty International said ahead of the first anniversary of the start of an unprecedented crackdown. At least 248 human rights lawyers and activists were targeted during the nationwide sweep which began on 9 July 2015. One year on, 17 individuals caught up in the onslaught remain detained, eight of whom could face life imprisonment after being charged with “subverting state power”.

Date:
7 July 2016
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Returned activists at risk of unfair trial

Two Chinese activists, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping, are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and unfair trial. The two were recognized as refugees by the UN’s Refugee Agency, but were forcibly returned to China from Thailand in violation of international law. One had been held in incommunicado detention for more than six months and the other’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Date:
27 May 2016
Ref:
ASA 17/4115/2016
  • Campaigns
  • China
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Further information: Activists still at risk of torture of torture in detention

The whereabouts of two missing activists, Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian, are finally known after their family members revealed arrest notices dated 4 May. The two went missing on 6 October 2015, after they were detained in Myanmar while helping the son of detained lawyers leave China. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
24 May 2016
Ref:
ASA 17/4090/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

15 brilliant human rights wins in March!

March was an incredible month for human rights – activists were released, unfair laws were changed, and people who committed serious human rights abuses were brought to justice. We’ve picked out 15 successes, wins and pieces of good news, and they were all made possible thanks to your support. 1. Egypt: Teen who challenged torture released after more than two years 20-year-old Mahmoud Hussein (pictured above) was released from prison in Egypt after spending more than two years behind bars for wearing an anti-torture t-shirt.

Date:
31 March 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Harsh prison sentences against Guo Feixiong and two other activists the latest act of political persecution

The six-year prison sentence against leading Chinese human rights campaigner Guo Feixiong for his peaceful advocacy of human rights and political reforms is a clear-cut act of political persecution, said Amnesty International today, as it called for his and two other activists immediate and unconditional release. Guo Feixiong, 48, the better-known pen-name of writer and human rights advocate Yang Maodong, was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, by a court in Guangzhou, southern China.

Date:
27 November 2015