August 9, 2008 |
The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3,000 people were killed, an opposition official said. The group of mainly young men staged a silent walk through the northwestern town of Taunggok before being stopped by police. Leaders of the 1988 uprising have been behind bars since the start of demonstrations last August over increases in the price of fuel. They are just a few of an estimated 1,100 political prisoners.
July 3, 2008 |
After more than a decade in a Shanghai prison, a Chinese-American entrepreneur whose case illustrated the perils of doing business in China and the nation's tenuous rule of law was released Wednesday on parole. Jude Shao, 45, had about five years left on a 16-year sentence for tax evasion and fraud -- allegations that his supporters say were false.
May 9, 2008 |
At a time when China is touting its Olympic mascots, stadiums and hospitality, a San Francisco-based human rights group has suggested that it add one more feature for the Games: the first "Olympic pardon" of political prisoners. The Dui Hua Foundation made its appeal public Thursday, offering an approach it believes could help Beijing improve a reputation battered in recent months by its Tibet crackdown, Darfur policies and the protests dogging the global relay of the Olympic torch.
April 27, 2008 |
A friend of a popular Saudi blogger said authorities had released the writer months after arresting him without charge. Fouad Farhan is one of the few Saudi bloggers who uses his real name. His blog discusses freedom, justice, equality and Islamic values, frequently touching on subjects that are sensitive or taboo in Saudi society. After his arrest, a letter was posted on his website saying authorities were after him for writing about political prisoners. Ahmad Omran, Farhan's friend, said he learned of the release through a text message sent to his cellphone by Farhan's wife.
January 12, 2008 |
Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with a representative of the government for the first time in nearly two months, the government announced. The government-appointed liaison official, Aung Kyi, met with Suu Kyi for an hour and 10 minutes at a government guest house, their fourth meeting.
December 27, 2007 |
Abid Raza Zaidi winces occasionally as he tells how police hung him upside down and beat him with leather straps to get him to confess to taking part in a deadly bombing in Karachi. He remembers being forced to stand for hours without rest, and the strange serenity he felt when police said they had determined he was guilty and would execute him in the morning. The police eventually let him go.
November 22, 2007 |
Law Minister Afzal Hayder announced on state television Wednesday that the government had released 5,634 lawyers and political party members, including Imran Khan, a former cricket star who has become a firebrand in the opposition to President Pervez Musharraf. Early today, Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a final challenge to Musharraf's reelection, the new chief justice said, paving the way for him to quit as army chief.
November 10, 2007 |
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met leaders of her party for the first time in three years Friday and told them she was optimistic that a two-decade-long stalemate with the Myanmar government may be thawing, her spokesman said. Suu Kyi and three colleagues from the National League for Democracy also met with the country's labor minister, Aung Kyi, to prepare for talks with senior leaders of Myanmar's military regime.
November 9, 2007 |
The walls surrounding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi opened a crack Thursday when the military leaders of Myanmar, who have kept her in isolation for 12 of the last 18 years, said they would allow her to meet with officials from her party and to prepare for talks with the government. This morning, she was taken from her home to a meeting with junta member Aung Kyi, the labor minister, at a government guest house, the Associated Press reported from Yangon.