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Human Rights in China: Trends and Policy Implications - US Congressional Researh Service - Junio 2009

Human Rights in China: Trends and Policy Implications - US Congressional Researh Service - Junio 2009

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In the months leading up to the twentieth anniversary of the military suppression of the 1989
democracy movement, human rights groups reported an intensified level of surveillance,
harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary detentions of social activists, rights defenders, and others.
Those affected included people asserting housing, land, and labor rights, lawyers, petitioners,
political dissidents, signers of the Charter ’08 call for democracy, participants in the 1989
demonstrations, and victims’ families. Ding Zilin, the mother of a 17-year-old boy who was killed
on June 4, 1989, in Beijing, reportedly was told to leave the capital until the 20th

anniversary had

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Chinese Activists Arrested, Beaten in ‘Worst Crackdown in Five Years,’” BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific, October 12,

2007.

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Jill Drew, “China’s Silencing Season,” Washington Post, July 10, 2008; Peter Ford, “China Cracks Down on NGOs,”
The Christian Science Monitor,” December 6, 2007.

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Peter Ford, “China Quake: Controls Cautiously Lifted on Flood of Volunteers,” The Christian Science Monitor, May

29, 2008.

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Klaudia Lee, “Lawyers Finally Allowed to See Arrested Dissident Campaigner Denied Access to Legal Counsel for
Two Months,” South China Morning Post, September 24, 2008.

Human Rights in China: Trends and Policy Implications

Congressional Research Service

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passed, although she refused to do so. 40

Ding is a driving force behind Tiananmen Mothers, a
network of about 150 family members of Chinese citizens killed in the crackdown that seeks a
truthful, public accounting and an official reassessment of the event as well as government
compensation for the deaths and assistance for those injured or maimed. Former protest leaders
living abroad have been denied entry into China. Zhou Yongjun, a Beijing student leader in 1989
who later became a U.S. permanent resident, was arrested on charges of fraud as he tried to enter
China through Hong Kong in October 2008. According to other reports, the PRC government also
has clamped down on Internet traffic, including blocking Google’s blog service and YouTube in
May 2009.41

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