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A Tibetan protester was warmly greeted by relatives and friends following his release from a Chinese prison this week, with area residents lining the roads and offering ceremonial scarves to welcome his return, according to local sources.
The blind human rights lawyer, who caused an international incident last year when he escaped house arrest and took refuge in the US embassy in Beijing, wants Western leaders to be more straightforward about their dealings with China so that the public can hold them to account. Mr Chen, who was allowed to leave China for the US one year ago, spoke to The Daily Telegraph in Brussels, where he warned of a new wave of repression in his home country.
Chinese authorities in Inner Mongolia are investigating fresh clashes between ethnic minority Mongolian herders and Han Chinese settlers over land, as Beijing continues to expand farming and mining in the area, an official source said on Monday. A dozen Mongolian herders in were "severely beaten" while defending their grazing lands after "more than a hundred" Han Chinese gathered to attack them with sticks and stones, the U.S.-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) said in an e-mailed statement on Monday.
A resident of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong who was forcibly committed to a mental hospital following a public confrontation is suing the hospital for infringement of his rights. In the first case to come to public attention since China's new Mental Health Law came into effect on May 1, Li Shijie's appeal against his committal was heard by a court in Guangdong's Shaoguan city on Tuesday. "Today we got through three stages: the presentation of evidence; hearing arguments, and mediation," said Li, who is suing the Shaoguan Military Veterans' Hospital over alleged violation of his rights during the admission process after he had been sent there by local police.
The blind, Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng will tomorrow (Monday 20th May 6.30pm) be presented with the first ever “Westminster Award” for his contribution to human rights, human life and human dignity. Intimidated, beaten, arrested and imprisoned, Chen Guangcheng, although going blind as a baby, is a self-taught lawyer and human rights activist who has challenged the brutal practices of forced abortion and compulsory sterilisation of women pursued by the authorities in China which have led to tens of millions of babies being killed.
Dozens of high-school students in China's troubled western Xinjiang region took to the streets in a rare protest over the right of Uyghur girls to wear traditional head-coverings in school, local residents said on Thursday. Nearly 100 students from the Kizilsu (in Chinese, Kezhou) No. 1 High School in Xinjiang's Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city marched out of the gates and onto the streets in anger on Wednesday after the school tried to enforce a ban on headscarves, they said. "It was at 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. that they came out," a Uyghur restaurant owner in the same neighborhood as the school said. "It was [because the school banned headscarves]," he added, when asked to confirm online reports.
A Chinese activist who fled to the US last year has told the BBC he thinks Washington should do more to protect the relatives he left behind in China. Chen Guangcheng caused a diplomatic row between the US and China when he escaped house arrest and sought refuge in the American embassy in Beijing. He was eventually allowed to settle in New York with his immediate family. But he said relatives he left behind had been subjected to "systematic persecution" by the authorities. China's authorities do not usually comment on the case of Mr Chen and his relatives. In the past they have denied allegations of mistreatment and even that he was under house arrest.
As China announces the investigation of a top planning official for corruption, more high-profile cases are likely to follow as the administration of President Xi Jinping seeks to consolidate power during its first year in office, analysts said on Wednesday. The sacking of Liu Tienan, former vice minister at the powerful State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC), for "suspected serious violations of discipline" this week, is believed by some to be an indirect attack on political and financial interests linked to the family of former Chinese premier Li Peng. According to Cai Yongmei, editor of the Hong Kong-based magazine Kaifang, Liu's former posting as head of the powerful National Energy Administration brought him into close dealings with Li Peng's family and associates via their interests in nationwide power projects.
Ailing democracy activist Zhu Yufu has been subjected to abusive treatment at his jail in the eastern province of Zhejiang following an international campaign for his release, relatives and rights groups say. Prison authorities have handed out "punitive abuses" to Zhu, 60, after his relatives traveled to the United States to garner more support for his release, the China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said in an e-mailed statement on Friday. "Authorities at Zhejiang Province No. 4 Prison have reportedly canceled nutritious meals for Zhu, who in May has suffered several fainting spells due to weakness," the group said.
(Oslo–May 20, 2013) ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu and blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, heading a delegation to promote a trans-Atlantic U.S.-Europe human rights pact, have finished a week of testimonies, briefings and meetings in Europe, including a keynote address by Chen the fifth annual Oslo Freedom Forum. The idea of a transAtlantic human rights alliance on China was conceived by Fu, and Chen publicly called for it at the alliance's first activity, jointly organized by ChinaAid and Freedom House, in March in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by Edward McMillan-Scott, vice-president of the European Parliament, and U.S. Congressional leaders.