China and its Human Rights Mess

Two Beijing women in their late 70s have been sentenced to a year of administrative detention after applying to protest in the Chinese capital’s Olympic protest zones. Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, are former neighbors who are upset about being forcibly evicted from their homes in 2001. This month, they visited Beijing police five times to apply to hold a demonstration in one of the officially sanctioned protest areas established for the Olympic Games, but instead of being granted that right, on Aug. 17 they were ordered to serve one year of “reeducation-through-labor,” says Wu’s son Li Xuehui. “I’m extremely angry,” he says. “For a common person to be sentenced to this, it’s very sad” … (full text).

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The book: Human Rights in China, by United States Congress. House. Committee on International Relations, 1999, ISBN 0160584469, 9780160584466, 112 pages.

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