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

When jazz captures the young

first_imgAs a student at Boston Arts Academy, Faraday Fontimus, 16, sometimes feels a disconnect between himself and other teens. A trumpet player, he prefers listening to jazz, a form of music many of his friends can’t understand.“The music of my generation is rap,” he said. “My friends can’t find a way to appreciate jazz. They’ll tell me it’s nice, but they don’t really appreciate it.”Fontimus and his classmates got some positive reinforcement today when they came to Harvard University for a special panel discussion with celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.“The music of my generation is rap. My friends can’t find a way to appreciate jazz. They’ll tell me it’s nice, but they don’t really appreciate it,” 16-year-old Faraday Fontimus told Wynton Marsalis.“To restore integrity to music, we need musicians with integrity,” Marsalis told them, noting how as a young man he turned down record companies that wanted him to compromise his music. “Your integrity starts with you.”Over the course of a 90-minute discussion, students from local high schools and Harvard College asked Marsalis a variety of questions, ranging from how music aided integration, the role of women in jazz, and if the Internet could be a platform for revitalizing music.“There’s more music available,” Marsalis responded to the latter. “But I haven’t found that the musicians in our country have gotten better as a result. Yes, the music is there, but what are people actually looking at?���The discussion was a follow-up to Marsalis’ lecture at Sanders Theatre on Thursday, which focused on the evolution of dance in American culture. It was the second in Marsalis’ two-year lecture series at the University. For the Boston Arts Academy students, Marsalis’ words were a reinforcement of all that they are working toward.“While I have a passion [for jazz], I’ve never been able to verbalize why,” explained Elideusa Gomes-Almeida, a 17-year-old jazz vocalist. “Listening to him made me realize why I do what I do.”last_img read more

Orange holds Colgate to 8 1st-half points, new low for Boeheim-coached team

first_img Comments Scoop Jardine’s goal every game is one that, in most, is unrealistic. Hold the opponent to fewer than 10 points in a half. Never happened in Jim Boeheim’s 35-year tenure as head coach of Syracuse. ‘We had a goal, and we didn’t want them to score over 10 points,’ Jardine said. ‘When you set goals like that as a team, everybody’s going to work hard to try to accomplish them.’ On Saturday, that goal happened in Syracuse’s 100-43 beatdown of Colgate. The Orange allowed just eight points in the first half, playing in Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone and adding in a heavy dose of a man-to-man changeup. The eight points Colgate put up was the worst first-half offensive performance in Boeheim’s reign as SU head coach. The previous low score was set by Princeton, when the Tigers scored 11 in the first half of a game played on Nov. 12, 1999.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘They just had a bad game,’ Boeheim said. ‘They had a bad game. We had a good game.’ Sometimes, like with Colgate forward Yaw Gyawu’s breakaway, Colgate couldn’t even get a shot off. The breakaway for Gyawu should have been the one basket that came easy for Colgate Saturday. Gyawu streaked down the left toward the open basket, no one in front of him. In came Kris Joseph. Syracuse’s junior forward took an angle down the court, eventually ending up side by side with Gyawu and emphatically sending back his shot with a monstrous block. ‘We really buckled down and took pride in our defense,’ Joseph said. ‘That was big for us.’ And other times, when the Raiders did get a shot off, it wasn’t pretty. That was evident in their first-half stats. Colgate shot a pitiful 3-of-28 from the field (10.7 percent). It went 0-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line. And no one player made more than one field goal. Those stats led to more unique stats at the half. At nine points apiece, both SU guards Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters scored more during the opening 20 minutes than the entire Raiders team. At eight points, Scoop Jardine had as many. The Orange swarmed to the ball in the zone. SU enacted the man-to-man defense effectively and gave itself experience that Boeheim said would be valuable down the road. And even in the few instances Colgate did get open looks, the Raiders couldn’t hit. ‘Colgate, they’re struggling, and they really struggled tonight,’ Boeheim said. ‘They had some open shots early, and they just didn’t go down for them.’ And those stats also led to a game that was well in hand within the first five minutes. By halftime, the Orange had built up an eye-popping 46-8 lead. Just four minutes into the second half, the Raiders had already matched their first-half total of eight points. Syracuse’s swarming defense created 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. But the Raiders didn’t help matters by putting some passes right in the hands of SU players. The Orange defense also finished the half with 10 blocked shots — three from James Southerland and two apiece from Rick Jackson and Joseph. Even Brandon Triche got involved in the action, coming from behind and easily swatting an attempt from Colgate’s 6-foot-11 center John Brandenburg. ‘We’re just being active,’ Triche said of the team’s defense. ‘We’re taking more pride in it.’ And the turnovers also came frequently. Like when, on an inbounds pass, Southerland didn’t even have to jump to get a hand on Mitch Rolls’ attempted lob. He tipped the pass to himself, stealing the ball and bringing out the frustration in Colgate when center John Brandenburg gave Southerland a hard foul. The turnovers created easy transition opportunities for the Orange. Jardine stole a pass and jogged up the court with Triche at his side. He left it for Triche, who threw down an unusual thunderous dunk. ‘I didn’t really know how to dunk it,’ Triche said. ‘I thought I was going to miss it.’ Triche’s dunk was another unrealistic goal that came to fruition. A goal that was achieved thanks to Jardine’s original goal. ‘We took the game as it was 0-0,’ Jardine said. ‘Don’t let them score.’ [email protected] Published on December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22, 2014

first_imgSaturday, June 21, 2014•3:20 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a weapon in the 300 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•6:15 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear and charged with speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone and no proof of insurance. Wellington Police notes for Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014: Friday, June 20, 2014•10:22 a.m. Lonnie M. Seyfert, 45, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with violation of protection order, criminal trespass and domestic battery.•11:17 a.m. Cheyne M. Seyfert, 24, Wellington was served a summons to appear for reckless driving.•1:09 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Teresa L. Blake,44, Milan, and Waneta J. Todd, 80, Wellington.•3:02 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a tablet in the 1300 block N. Ontario Ct, Wellington. Sunday, June 22, 2014•8:16 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1500 block N. Olive, Wellington.•12 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property – realty signs – in the 600 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•12 p.m. Officers took a report of found yard tools in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•12:55 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 400 block N Woodlawn, Wellington.1:24 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 600 block W. 22nd, Wellington.•1:24 p.m. Officers investigated  criminal damage to a mailbox post in the 600 block of W. 22nd, Wellington.•1:24 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a mailbox in the 600 block of W 22nd, Wellington.•3:40 p.m. Endia M. Hands, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.•8:55 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and improper turn signal in the 200 block W. 13th, Wellington.•8:55 p.m. Tara J. Seago, 34, Wichita was issued a notice to appear charged with driving while license is suspended and improper turn signal.last_img read more

Garfield Gators 6-year winning streak ends

first_imgCHAMPIONS—The Garfield Gator Twerps won the Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Athletic League Championship with a 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers. (Photos by William McBride)The Garfield Gators have been one of the most successful youth football programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania history. The Gators organization provides opportunity for inner-city kids to participate in youth football and cheer.  The entire community gets involved with the team. It’s an all volunteer staff that provides the best coaching instruction regardless of economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and teamwork through football and cheerleading.DANIEL KANE JR rushed for a touchdown in the Garfield Gators 13-8 win over the North Side Steelers in the Twerps championship game.President Bob Jones, Coach Paper and the entire staff have built an outstanding organization nail-by-nail, dollar-by-dollar and piece-by-piece.“This is more than football its family.  All the people who were in my wedding are part of this program,” said Officer Mike Gay.  “It’s all about the kids.  We want to give to these kids things that we didn’t have.  Be mentors.  Be a father figure.”The Gators were riding a 69 game winning streak like California Chrome! But on Sunday Oct. 26, at Cupples Stadium, Homewood-Brushton “Shook up the World” by knocking off the Gators 14-7 to win the 13-14 age group championship.last_img read more