Friday, April 15, 2011

CHINA - activists accused of human rights

A month after his arrest, writer and blogger Ran Yunfei China was formally charged on 28 March, of "inciting subversion of state power". He faces a prison sentence of at least five years, says the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao. On 29, Ding Mao, was also accused of the same crime. Ran is one of many victims of the unprecedented repression which followed the calls for rallies Jasmin, launched February 17 in China.

About twenty activists were arrested and nearly 150 people were arrested, questioned or placed under house arrest, the website said Weiquan Wang, an offshoot of the China Human Rights Defenders organization based in Hong Kong. Finally, more than ten lawyers and defenders of human rights, such as Teng Biao, Jiang and Tang Jingling Tianyong, have disappeared since mid-February.

Punishment is also felt in the journalistic community. The Hong Kong daily South China Morning Postrapporte Xiao Shu, a journalist with the weekly Southern Weekend, was asked to take two years of sabbatical and Peng Xiaoyun, Shidai Zhoubao columnist, was fired.

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