BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police officers raided the office of a prominent non-governmental organization in Beijing this week, seizing laptops and details of contacts, its co-founder said on Thursday, the latest target of China’s crackdown on dissent.
Lu Jun, co-founder of Yirenping, an anti-discrimination NGO, said about 20 police officers broke into its offices in the early hours of Tuesday, taking away financial receipts, project contacts and several computers and laptops.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights investigator on Wednesday criticized China’s crackdown on the Muslim Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang, citing “disturbing stories” of harassment and intimidation against the ethnic minority.
Xinjiang has been roiled by ethnic tensions between the Uighurs and majority Han Chinese. Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s repressive policies in Xinjiang, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Foreign non-government organizations (NGOs) in China are bracing for a crackdown as the government prepares to pass a new law to regulate their activities, which critics fear could curb activism and drive out several groups.
It is unclear how strictly the government will enforce the rules, which a parliament spokeswoman said last week were necessary for national security reasons.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will boost its military spending by 10.1 percent this year to 886.9 billion yuan ($141.45 billion) as it cranks up its development of high-tech weapons systems, the government announced on Thursday.
The spending increase, which will outpace China’s slowing, single-digit GDP growth, builds on a nearly unbroken two-decade run of annual double-digit rises in the defense budget.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail on a charge of illegal business after he criticized the ruling Communist Party’s propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said.
The conviction of Huang Zerong, who is better known by his pen name Tie Liu, is the latest example of a government campaign to tighten control over the media, political dissidents and the Internet.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A lawsuit filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest is shaping up as a test of China’s strengthened environmental law and the ability of green groups to make companies more accountable for their actions.
Environmentalists hope the case will prompt a wave of legal action across China, where discontent is rising over a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of the country’s water, skies and soil.
BEIJING, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s
brother has stepped down as deputy head of China’s powerful
tobacco monopoly, state media said on Wednesday, removing a
potential conflict of interest as the world’s largest tobacco
user battles a major health crisis.
Li Keming, a vice director at the State Tobacco Monopoly
Administration, has “been removed” from his position, Xinhua
news agency said in a brief report, listing several other
officials who were also stepping down.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A herder from northern China’s Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s occupation of traditional grazing land has hanged himself outside a government building, a relative and an overseas rights group said.
The suicide adds to evidence that tensions are deepening in Inner Mongolia, where minority ethnic Mongolians are demanding better protection of their lands, rights and traditions.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s sports regulator has pledged to drop the nation’s obsession with gold medals after the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog warned of the damaging extent of match-fixing and cheating in sports.
Many Chinese have linked previous sports cheating scandals to China’s pursuit of medals at all costs and have criticised the system for putting too much pressure on athletes to succeed in its rigid, Soviet-style sports system.
BEIJING (Reuters) – More than 100 mourners gathered on Saturday at the Beijing home of Zhao Ziyang, the Chinese Communist party chief purged in 1989 for opposing a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.
Chinese liberals have clung to Zhao as a symbol of democratic change in a country whose leaders have rejected a reassessment of the 1989 protests.