Posted: January 26th, 2014 | Author: Rebekah Raeburn-Gould | Filed under: China | Tags: Amnesty International, china, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese Legal System, New Citizens' Movement, Xu Zhiyong | Comments Off on Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Xu Zhiyong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison
A Chinese court has sentenced one of China’s most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.
The Beijing Number 1 intermediate people’s court found Xu Zhiyong guilty of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”, the court said on its official microblog. Xu was tried on Wednesday.
Xu’s jailing will send a stark warning to activists that the Chinese Communist Party will crush any challenge to its rule, especially from those who seek to organise campaigns.
It also diminishes hopes for meaningful political change, even as China pledges to embark on economic reforms :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 19th, 2014 | Author: Rebekah Raeburn-Gould | Filed under: China | Tags: china, Ilham Tohti, Xinjiang Muslim Uighur, Xinjiang Province | Comments Off on Chinese Authorities Arrest Prominent Muslim Scholar Ilham Tohti
A prominent scholar has been arrested in China just weeks after criticising the government in an interview with Australia’s ABC, Ilham Tohti’s family say around 30 police came to his home to take away the Beijing based ethnic Muslin Uighur, he is now being held in an unknown location.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, says Mr Tohti is “suspected of breaking the law” computers have been removed from his home, but no further details would been given.
Mr Tohti’s supporters fear his detention is part of a wider crackdown on dissent coming out of the far-Western Xinjiang province following an apparent car fire suicide attack at Tiananmen Gate.
Ilham Tohti is well known for his research on Uyghur-Han relations and is a vocal advocate for the implementation of regional autonomy laws in China, Mr Tohti, a prominent blogger, was the host of Uyghur Online, a website that discusses Uyghur issues. Tohti was previously detained shortly after the 2009 Ürümqi riots by the authorities :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 17th, 2013 | Author: Rebekah Raeburn-Gould | Filed under: CRIME!, Crimes Against Children, News | Tags: Crime, Crimes Against Children, Jennifer Weatherstone, Kings Cross | Comments Off on Kings Cross Brothel Owner Jennifer Weatherstone Given Light Sentence Over Child Prostitution
A Sydney brothel owner who prostituted a 14-year-old girl has been given a suspended jail sentence and a good behaviour bond. Jennifer Weatherstone, 50, was convicted of two counts of causing a child to participate in child prostitution in 2011.
The court heard the teenager, known as “Charlie”, went to police on her first night working at the brothel after she was asked to have unprotected sex with a 75-year-old man. She said she’d run away from home and claimed Weatherstone had offered her a job without asking her age.
Weatherstone, who owns the Sparkling Chandeliers brothel in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, disputed the girls claims, telling the court she thought the girl looked least 19, that she’d found a Facebook page which listed the girls age as 24 and that the girl had first presented herself drunk.
Some would argue that in handing down a suspended sentence, the Judge issued an overtly light punishment for such a heinous crime, the maximum sentence for child prostitution is 14 years in prison :: Read the full article »»»»