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The Release of Chinese Human Rights Activists Is Not Good enough


Recent the Chinese Govt decided to release two human rights activists from prison with conditions that they are both to keep stump or else.

Now it is not coincidence that the Chinese Primer is due for a visit to the UKand that he wanted an easy ride from all human rights activists protesting on its current record of human rights abuse in China. This can be confirmed on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China & http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/china  To release just two Chinese Human Rights activists from prison is not, only a disgrace but hypocritical of the Chinese Govt for the price of trade for UK businesses and the rest of the world.

This only a very small number to say to the rest of the world Oh Please, please look at what China has done we have released two human rights activist. All the world leaders can have all the talks in the world for the immediate release of the rest of the Chinese Human rights activists locked up in prisons. There are still people who remember the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989 where students went on protest against its own Govt for better education, housing and the release of Chinese Human Rights detainees

Well I maybe the son of china who was membership to the Chinese Communist Party, but remember there are many of us will who lives in the free world of demorcy will contiune with our struggle to speak out against China’s Human Rights Abuse.

Remember what the true meaning of China means to the rest of the Chinese Communities all over the world it is called Our Land. See below the content of the two articles:

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has returned home having been freed after more than two months’ detention.

He was bailed late on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion, Xinhua news agency said.

An outspoken critic ofChina’s human rights record, his arrest in April prompted a global campaign for his release.

The 54-year-old said he was back home and in good health in a phone interview with the BBC.

“I am already home, released on bail, I can’t talk to media but I am well, thanks for all the media attention,” he said.

Mr Ai was detained as he boarded aBeijingflight bound forHong Kong.

Perhaps most famous for helping design the Bird’s Nest stadium that became the centre-piece forBeijing’s 2008 Olympics, he was held at a secret location without access to a lawyer.

Beijingalleged the artist had evaded taxes and destroyed evidence; his supporters said the charges were motivated by his activism.

‘I’m out’

Xinhua reported that Mr Ai had offered to repay the taxes and would be released because of “his good attitude in confessing his crimes”.

The agency quoted police as saying the company that handles business aspects of Mr Ai’s career, Beijing Fake Cultural Development, had evaded “a huge amount of taxes and intentionally destroyed accounting documents”.

Xinhua also reported that Mr Ai was suffering from a “chronic illness”.

Analysis


Ever since Ai Weiwei’s detention atBeijingairport in April there have been calls for his release.

His supporters say the charges against him were politically motivated – an accusation strenuously denied by the Chinese authorities.

The artist’s detention provoked an international outcry. TheUSand other countries said his arrest was a sign of the deteriorating human rights situation inChina.

It came during the biggest crackdown against dissidents inChinafor more than 20 years, following calls for Middle-East style protests.

Hundreds of Chinese lawyers, activists and intellectuals have been detained or been questioned by the authorities. Some have disappeared.

China’s foreign ministry previously said that Mr Ai was under investigation for “economic crimes”.

It insisted that his arrest – which came amid one ofChina’s biggest clampdowns on activists in years and was condemned by Western governments – had “nothing to do with human rights or freedom of expression”.

But the release coincides with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit this week toGermanyand theUK, two countries with which Mr Ai has strong professional ties and public support.

Beijinghas been under enormous pressure to free the artist, says the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas inBeijing.

The case had generated criticism from the international community thatChinawas breaking its own laws by holding Mr Ai in secret without access to a lawyer, adds our correspondent.

A message from the Twitter account of Mr Ai’s lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said he had received a text message from his client’s phone which simply read: “I’m out!”

Chinese human rights activist Wen Kejian welcomed the release, saying Mr Ai’s arrest had been political.

Artist’s appeal

TheUSstate department welcomed Mr Ai’s release, adding: “But there’s obviously more individuals who are being held, so we want to see the release of all these people.”

Baroness Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said Mr Ai’s case had been “the subject of widespread concern” and featured in recent EU-Chinese discussions on human rights inBeijing.

She said she welcomed the news “while regretting the circumstances of his detention”.

In a statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said his release “can only be a first step” and thatChinamust now fully explain to Mr Ai the accusations against him.

The German director of Human Rights Watch said it was “not by accident” that Mr Ai had been released shortly before Mr Wen’s European visit, but warned he could now be facing further restriction on his movements.

“Examples from the past of other dissidents that were released have shown that released opponents of the system face strict restrictions and many have been silenced,” said Wenzel Michalski.

Rights group Amnesty International said Mr Ai’s long detention without charge had violatedChina’s own legal process.

“It is vital that the international outcry over Ai Weiwei be extended to those activists still languishing in secret detention or charged with inciting subversion,” said Amnesty’s Catherine Baber.

The circumstances of one of Ai Weiwei’s relatives, his accountant and driver, who were detained at the same time as him, remain unknown.

British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who had led criticism ofBeijingover the detention, called for the artist to be given a fair trial.

“While I am thankful that he has been released, I do not think that artists should present their work in Chinauntil the situation has been resolved,” said Mr Kapoor.

The Indian-born sculptor had dedicated his monumental Leviathan art installation inParis, unveiled last month, to Mr Ai.

Ai Weiwei gained international recognition in the early 1980s for his monolithic brick sculptures.

Last October, he unveiled a carpet of 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds atLondon’s Tate Modern, which he said questioned the role of an individual in society.

Dissident Hu Jia

China’s release of prominent dissident Hu Jia has been given a cautious welcome by European officials.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said it was “important to keep an eye on how [Mr Hu] is treated”.

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said Mr Hu and other activists should be allowed to carry on “everyday life without further hindrance”.

Mr Hu, 37, was freed on Sunday, after serving his three-and-a-half-year sentence for “inciting subversion”.

There is a huge security presence outside hisBeijinghome and journalists are being kept out, reports the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas in the Chinese capital.

‘Silenced’

Mr Hu’s wife, Zeng Jinyan, told Reuters news agency she was happy about her husband’s release, but worried about his health as he suffers from cirrhosis, a chronic liver condition.

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The Olympics will be held in a country where there are no elections, no freedom of religion… where torture and discrimination are supported by a sophisticated system of secret police”

End Quote Hu Jia Open letter, 2007

Last week, the outspoken artist Ai Weiwei was also freed.

Mr Ai’s detention in April prompted a global campaign for his release. The Chinese authorities say Mr Ai, 53, has confessed to tax evasion.

It appears that – like Ai Weiwei – Mr Hu has been silenced, put under close surveillance and banned from talking to the media, our correspondent says.

Ms Ashton’s spokesman, Michael Mann, said: “Obviously we welcome the fact Hu has been released.

“But it is important to keep an eye on how he is treated from here on in. We hope Hu is given full rights.”

The European Parliament awarded Mr Hu the EU’s top human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, in December 2008.

The assembly’s president Mr Buzek, a former Polish premier, said “hopefully, we will be able to welcome Hu Jia in person” to collect his accolade.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he would raise human rights this week withChina’s Premier Wen Jiabao, who is on a three-leg trip toEurope.

‘Difficult topics’

On Sunday, Mr Wen toured a Chinese-owned car factory in the British city ofBirmingham, after visitingStratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare.

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao confesses his love of Shakespeare on a visit to the Bard’s birthplace

China’s premier, who began his trip inHungary, is due to arrive in the German capitalBerlinon Monday with government ministers and a business delegation.

Mr Westerwelle told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper: “The quality and depth of our relations allows us to talk about difficult topics.”

He pledged to underline “how important freedom of expression, media freedoms and respect for human rights are to us”.

While Mr Hu was serving his sentence following his conviction in 2008, his wife was under regular police surveillance, and often prevented from talking to journalists.

The charges against Mr Hu related to five articles he had written as well as interviews he had given to journalists in which he was critical of the Chinese authorities.

Mr Hu had also campaigned for Aids sufferers and for protection of the environment.

Missing detainees

In 2007, he was placed under house arrest after he and his wife made a documentary about their experiences of living under constant police surveillance, and posted it on the internet.

Hu Jia (left) was convicted for “inciting subversion of state” in 2008

She says pressure was put on her landlord to force her out of her home recently, and on potential employers to prevent her working.

Her treatment echoes that of Liu Xia, the wife of the jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Although she is not known to have been charged with any crime, she was picked up soon after it was announced that her husband had won the prize and has not been seen since.

Around two dozen people inChinahave been seized this year and held at secret detention centres, including Ai Weiwei, several lawyers and activists, our correspondent says.

Most of those released have refused to talk, apparently pressured or intimidated into staying silent. Some are still missing.

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