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Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Xu Zhiyong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

Posted: January 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: China | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Xu Zhiyong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

CHINA-NEWSA 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 »»»»


CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption Scandal

Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption Scandal

CHINA! 500 Lawmakers Resign Amid Corruption ScandalMore than 500 lawmakers in a Chinese city have resigned after being implicated in a bribery scandal, while another 56 provincial legislators have been sacked as the government steps up its war on graft.

The official Xinhua news agency said the 512 lawmakers in Hengyang city in the poor, landlocked southern province of Hunan resigned after they took bribes from 56 members of the provincial assembly.

The total amount of the bribes was more than 110 million yuan ($20 million) and the money was used to swing the results of elections, Xinhua said, citing a Hunan government statement.

China does not have fully democratic one-man, one-vote elections but has experimented with a selection process at the grassroots for local legislatures, even if most candidates are Communist Party members and there is rarely more than a single candidate for each position available :: Read the full article »»»»