By Initiatives for China/Citizen Power For China
August 4, 2016
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States called on China on Monday to release four human rights lawyers and activists who were convicted of subversion last week.
Guo Feixiong will soon be transferred to a prison again. His sister, after visiting him, conveyed his wishes: “I demand that in prison, [I] will have books to read, won’t have to kneel down, won’t be forced to perform labor, and won’t be beaten.”
Prominent Chinese dissidents still face surveillance, house arrest
GENEVA (10 August 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will undertake his first official visit to China from 15 to 23 August 2016.
The Obama Administration criticized China for the nation’s restrictions on religious practices that have caused the demolition of Christian churches, contributed to the self-immolation of Buddhist monks, and abuse and harassment of Uyghur Muslims.
Religious freedom violations in China have once more been thrust into the public eye after 60 Chinese Christians applied for political asylum in the Czech Republic.
China draws criticism for sentencing in highly suspect trials two house church leaders and two other activists detained from last year's nationwide political crackdown.
In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.”