Friday, December 25, 2009

Liu Xiaobo jailed by China [U]

Nicely timed to coincide with much of the world being distracted by xmas, China's jailing of human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo comes after a trial lasting just two hours and despite calls for his release made by the EU and US.

Liu Xiaobo is a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and has been jailed before by the Chinese authorities because of his calls for freedom of assembly, expression, and religion.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912252121168471.html

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5BO02920091225

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8430409.stm


UPDATE:

And while they're in the xmas mood, the execution of Akmal Shaikh is imminent. Read about his case:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8430685.stm

http://www.reprieve.org.uk/akmalshaikh

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