Two cyber-dissidents put under surveillance during UN human rights visit

first_img “Isn’t it paradoxical that a human rights commission’s visit causes more human rights violations?” – Liu DiReporters Without Borders today said it was “sickened by the hypocrisy of the Chinese authorities” in putting Liu Di, a young Internet user who was imprisoned for a year in 2002-2003, and Liu Xiaobo, a leading figure in the Chinese pro-democracy movement, under surveillance on 29 August while receiving a visit from Louise Arbour, the UN high commissioner for human rights.”This incident shows how Beijing views dialogue with the United Nations – as a masquerade in which they try to put on a show of conforming to standards while refusing to make the least real commitment on human rights,” the press freedom organisation said.”For fear of upsetting their hosts’ susceptibilities, many foreign officials visiting China limit themselves to formulaic statements that are too restrained to be effective. We hope the high commissioner will adopt a firm stance on China, which is the world’s biggest prison for journalist and cyber-dissidents,” Reporters Without Borders added.On 29 August, the police told Liu Di not to leave her home until further notice and three policemen were later posted outside her home. “Many people are being forced to stay at home during Louise Arbour’s visit, in violation of their civil rights,” she said. “Isn’t it paradoxical that a human rights commission’s visit causes more human rights violations?”Liu Di was arrested in November 2002 because of essays and articles posted on online discussion forums under the pseudonym of the Stainless Steel Rat. She was secretly held for more than a year without being tried.At least five policemen were posted outside Liu Xiaobo’s home on 29 August and, although allowed to leave his home, he was followed everywhere. When he asked the police if they had an official document authorising this surveillance, they refused to reply. The surveillance was “completely illegal,” he said.An impassioned human rights advocate, Liu Xiaobo was placed under house arrest during the anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre last June. A former Beijing university professor and president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), he received the Reporters Without Borders prize for the defence of free expression in December 2004. News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts August 31, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyber-dissidents put under surveillance during UN human rights visit ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimescenter_img News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ecuadorean Minister of Defense Visits USNS Comfort

first_imgBy By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs October 29, 2018 As part of its partnership with Ecuador, the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hosted officials from the government of Ecuador during the ship’s medical assistance visit, October 22, 2018. Ecuadorean Minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrin, and U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd C. Chapman were among the distinguished visitors aboard Comfort for a tour of the ship’s medical facilities and a meeting with senior leadership. Both officials made remarks along with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Sean Buck, commander of U.S. 4th Fleet, during a press conference held aboard the ship. “The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort begins its medical support for the people of Ecuador, our first mission stop of five, over an 11-week period, here, in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Rear Adm. Buck. “Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, the embarked medical team will provide care onboard this ship, as well as at two sites ashore.” During the conference, Ecuadorean officials and Rear Adm. Buck discussed Comfort’s mission in Ecuador. “This deployment represents the United States’ enduring promise to the peoples of Ecuador and other Latin American nations of our friendship, our partnership and our solidarity,” added Rear Adm. Buck. “This mission will enable us to strengthen ties in support of our enduring partnerships with the people of Central and South America. It is a partnership that will enhance our shared values, interests, and community, and a commitment to unity, security and stability in the region.” Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.last_img read more

Missouri’s first Black congresswoman gives a speech for the ages

first_imgBush went on to talk about representing the people in the America we all share, “not Trump’s America” or the America led by “the small-mindedness of a powerful few, but the imagination of a mass movement that includes all of us.” She talked about how she will be carrying her constituents with her everywhere she goes and to every room she works in. She gave this very moving reminder of what leadership and representative democracy can promise to be.BUSH: St. Louis, if you know nothing else, you remember this: Your congresswoman-elect, soon-to-be congresswoman loves you. Your congresswoman-elect, soon-to-be congresswoman loves you; and I need you to get that. Because if I love you, I care that you eat. If I love you, I care that you have shelter and adequate safe housing. If I love you, I care that you have clean water and clean air, and you have a livable wage. If I love you, I care that the police don’t murder you. If I love you, I care that you make it home safely. If I love you, I care that you are able to have a dignity, and have a quality of life the same as the next person, the same as those that don’t look like you. That didn’t grow up the same way you did. Those that don’t have the same socioeconomic status as you. I care.Bush finished by raising her fist in the sky, along with the family and friends that stood on stage with her, and made the pledge to walk “arm in arm, with our fists in the air, ready to serve each other until every single one of us is free.” – Advertisement – CONGRESSWOMAN-ELECT CORI BUSH: So, I was running. I was that person running for my life, across a parking lot. Running from an abuser. I remember one day hearing bullets whiz past my head, and at that moment I wondered, How do I make it out of this life?  I was uninsured. I’ve been that uninsured person, hoping my healthcare provider wouldn’t embarrass me by asking if I had insurance. I wondered, how will I bear this?I was a single parent. I’ve been that single parent, struggling paycheck to paycheck. Sitting outside the payday loan office wondering, how much more will I have to sacrifice?I was that COVID-19 patient. I’ve been that COVID-19 patient, gasping for breath, wondering how long will it be before I can breathe again? I’m still that person. I’m proud to stand before you today knowing it was this person, with these experiences, that moved the voters of St. Louis to do something historic. St. Louis, my city. My home, my community. We have been surviving and grinding, and just scraping by for so long and now this is our moment to finally start living. Let’s finally start living. Let’s finally start growing. Let’s finally start thriving.So, as the first Black woman, and also the first nurse, and single mother to have the honor to represent Missouri in the United States Congress let me say this: To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers—this is our moment.  center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more