Four members of Poland's Solidarity movement, which toppled the country's totalitarian regime in the 1980s, recently issued an open letter calling for their government to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden sanctuary from the United States. “The fact that only dictatorial governments agreed to give him shelter shames the democratic states,” they wrote.
Bahrain’s hospitals are becoming centers of terror and distrust as government officials use them to identify, torture and arrest protesters, doctors and nurses for their involvement in the ongoing uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa family.
Chinese authorities demonstrated their continued disregard for free speech and human rights as they sentenced a democratic dissident to seven years in jail for sending a poem he had written and other messages over the Internet, the man’s son told reporters. The verdict cited Zhu Yufu's online calls for a democratic political movement, the son said.
According to his wife, who was granted a visit with the dissident artist for the first time in the six weeks since he was detained at an airport and accused of tax evasion, Chinese authorities seem to be looking after the physical welfare of Ai Weiwei. The news dispels earlier rumors that he was being physically tortured, though he appeared mentally distressed, his wife said.
The US and China are bickering again over human rights after the U condemned the arrest of Chinese dissidents Beijing dismissed Washington's latest criticism and said the U is beset by violence, racism and torture and thus has no authority to condemn the actions of other governments Above, Ai Weiwei, a jailed activist .
Former U.N. nuclear watchdog head, Nobel laureate and likely candidate for his country's presidency, Mohamed ElBaradei has continued to position himself as a leading political figure in Egypt by taking part in a large-scale protest Friday over the death of a man at the hands of plainclothes policemen.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this weekend made her first visit to China in her new role, but Amnesty International and other activist groups didn't like her position when it came to addressing China's treatment of dissidents -- more specifically, she didn't take a firm stand on the issue during her meetings with Chinese officials.
Tehran's most prominent journalist, Akbar Ganji, said that America's actions in Iraq are harming Iran's reform movement by giving the regime an excuse to stifle dissent.