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Organisation Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more October 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of Du Daobin, arrested on 28 October Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News Reporters Without Borders today urged Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to immediately release Du Daobin, the author of many essays on human rights and democracy, who was arrested on 29 October in Yingcheng, in the central province of Hubei. Du is one of the organisers of a campaign to draw attention to the imprisonment of the young Internet user Liu Di by urging people to shut themselves in the dark during the day to “simulate detention.””We regret that the Chinese authorities have turned a deaf hear to the growing number of voices speaking out in China and abroad against their policy of cracking down on cyber-dissidents,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.”We pay homage to Du Daobin’s courage and the impact of his symbolic protest in support of Liu Di. The simulated detention campaign was a model of peaceful protest and the arrest of its instigator is quite simply disgraceful,” Ménard added.The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had quoted Du as saying the aim of the simulated detention was to allow people “to feel how Liu Di felt in prison, that’s to say, in a place without light, without distractions, and without friends or television.”Du was arrested as he was returning home from work. After detaining him, police led by the district police chief searched his home and confiscated computer material, handwritten letters, an address book and foreign books. The police told his wife, Xia Chun-rong, that Du had “gone too far”and that “his fate depends on the result of the investigation and on his attitude.” The police also told her not to have any contact with foreign journalists.A 39-year-old civil servant, Du had posted articles on the Internet advocating democracy and condemning the repression of members of the Falung Gong movement. He has reportedly been accused of subversion by the Chinese authorities. His wife and his 12-year-old son have not been allowed to visit him.Liu is a sociology student who has been detained without being tried since 7 November 2002 for messages she posted in Internet forums. A total of 39 people are currently imprisoned in China because of their Internet activities. News
Bosco Ntaganda at the ICCFormer Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “The Terminator”, goes on trial before the International Criminal Court Wednesday, accused of war crimes including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.The once-feared rebel commander with a flair for pencil moustaches, cowboy hats and fine dining, faces 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity. He has pleaded not guilty.Presiding Judge Robert Fremr will open proceedings against Rwandan-born Ntaganda at 0730 GMT at the court’s Hague-based headquarters.ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will speak first, followed by Ntaganda’s lawyers and those representing some 2,149 victims in the case.Prosecutors say Ntaganda played a central role in ethnic attacks on civilians in the mineral-rich but restive northeastern Congolese province of Ituri in 2002-3, in a conflict rights groups believe has left some 60,000 dead since 1999.At a hearing a year ago to confirm charges against Ntaganda, chief prosecutor Bensouda accused the former warlord of allowing his fighters to rape child and woman soldiers in his own rebel army, or keep them as sex slaves.One female child soldier received 150 lashes and was raped as punishment, with her wounds taking a month to heal, Bensouda said.“This case is highly significant because for the first time in international criminal law, the ICC has charged a commander with acts of rape and sexual slavery committed against children within his own militia group and under his command,” Brigid Inder of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice said in a statement.Feared warlord Ntaganda, 41, was once one of the most-wanted fugitives in Africa’s Great Lakes region until he unexpectedly walked into the US embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2013 and asked to be sent to The Hague.He was the founder of the M23 rebel group that was defeated by the Congolese government in late 2013 after an 18-month insurgency in the vast Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region.