CHINESE AUTHORITIES SENTENCE TIBETAN MONK TO 11 YEARS TERM IN IMMOLATION CASE

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MONK SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS TERM IN IMMOLATION CASE

 A Ngaba (Ch: Aba) Prefecture Court today sentenced Tsundue (Ch: Drungdru), a Tibetan monk, to 11 years imprisonment term charging him of ‘intentional homicide’ for hiding Phuntsog and preventing him from getting medical treatment after he set himself on fire, State news agency Xinhua reported on 29 August 2011.

On 28 August the same State news agency (Xinhua) said that three Tibetan monks charged with ‘intentional homicide’ for the immolation of Phuntsog will be tried on 29th and 30th of August. The other two monks are to be sentenced tomorrow.

Tsundue is 46 years old and a monk at the Kirti Monastery, Ngaba, Sichuan Province. He is the uncle and teacher of the deceased Phuntsok a 22 years old, who self immolated on 16 March this year.

On 20 March, Tsundue was arrested by the Chinese Authorities and was released after a brief detention. He was arrested again on 12 April until his court trail today.

TCHRD views such false charges and accusation of murder as unjust. The self immolation of monk Phuntsog drew much international attention to the grave human rights situation in Tibet. Such unfortunate incident was a result of desperation and an act to protest repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.

Dukthen Kyi (Ms)
Researcher (English Section)

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Top Floor Narthang Building
Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala
H.P. INDIA 176215
www.tchrd.org

 

 

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The City: Beijing -Report; Ai Weiwei finds China’s capital is a prison where people go mad!.

Beijing is two cities. One is of power and of money. People don’t care who their neighbors are; they don’t trust you. The other city is one of desperation. I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope. They can’t even imagine that they’ll be able to buy a house. They come from very poor villages where they’ve never seen electricity or toilet paper.

Every year millions come to Beijing to build its bridges, roads, and houses. Each year they build a Beijing equal to the size of the city in 1949. They are Beijing’s slaves. They squat in illegal structures, which Beijing destroys as it keeps expanding. Who owns houses? Those who belong to the government, the coal bosses, the heads of big enterprises. They come to Beijing to give gifts—and the restaurants and karaoke parlors and saunas are very rich as a result.

Beijing tells foreigners that they can understand the city, that we have the same sort of buildings: the Bird’s Nest, the CCTV tower. Officials who wear a suit and tie like you say we are the same and we can do business. But they deny us basic rights. You will see migrants’ schools closed. You will see hospitals where they give patients stitches—and when they find the patients don’t have any money, they pull the stitches out. It’s a city of violence.

The worst thing about Beijing is that you can never trust the judicial system. Without trust, you cannot identify anything; it’s like a sandstorm. You don’t see yourself as part of the city—there are no places that you relate to, that you love to go. No corner, no area touched by a certain kind of light. You have no memory of any material, texture, shape. Everything is constantly changing, according to somebody else’s will, somebody else’s power.

To properly design Beijing, you’d have to let the city have space for different interests, so that people can coexist, so that there is a full body to society. A city is a place that can offer maximum freedom. Otherwise it’s incomplete.

I feel sorry to say I have no favorite place in Beijing. I have no intention of going anywhere in the city. The places are so simple. You don’t want to look at a person walking past because you know exactly what’s on his mind. No curiosity. And no one will even argue with you.

None of my art represents Beijing. The Bird’s Nest—I never think about it. After the Olympics, the common folks don’t talk about it because the Olympics did not bring joy to the people.

There are positives to Beijing. People still give birth to babies. There are a few nice parks. Last week I walked in one, and a few people came up to me and gave me a thumbs up or patted me on the shoulder. Why do they have to do that in such a secretive way? No one is willing to speak out. What are they waiting for? They always tell me, “Weiwei, leave the nation, please.” Or “Live longer and watch them die.” Either leave, or be patient and watch how they die. I really don’t know what I’m going to do.

My ordeal made me understand that on this fabric, there are many hidden spots where they put people without identity. With no name, just a number. They don’t care where you go, what crime you committed. They see you or they don’t see you, it doesn’t make the slightest difference. There are thousands of spots like that. Only your family is crying out that you’re missing. But you can’t get answers from the street communities or officials, or even at the highest levels, the court or the police or the head of the nation. My wife has been writing these kinds of petitions every day, making phone calls to the police station every day. Where is my husband? Just tell me where my husband is. There is no paper, no information.

The strongest character of those spaces is that they’re completely cut off from your memory or anything you’re familiar with. You’re in total isolation. And you don’t know how long you’re going to be there, but you truly believe they can do anything to you. There’s no way to even question it. You’re not protected by anything. Why am I here? Your mind is very uncertain of time. You become like mad. It’s very hard for anyone. Even for people who have strong beliefs.

This city is not about other people or buildings or streets but about your mental structure. If we remember what Kafka writes about his Castle, we get a sense of it. Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.

Chinese Hackers Finally Exposed – Hacking software mistakenly shown on Chinese military TVprogram

EXPOSED: A picture of the hacking software shown during the Chinese military program. The large writing at the top says “Select Attack Target.” Next, the user choose an IP address to attack from (it belongs to an American university). The drop-down box is a list of Falun Gong websites, while the button on the left says “Attack.” (CCTV)

A standard, even boring, piece of Chinese military propaganda screened in mid-July included what must have been an unintended but nevertheless damaging revelation: shots from a computer screen showing a Chinese military university is engaged in cyberwarfare against entities in the United States.

The documentary itself was otherwise meant as praise to the wisdom and judgment of Chinese military strategists, and a typical condemnation of the United States as an implacable aggressor in the cyber-realm. But the fleeting shots of an apparent China-based cyber-attack somehow made their way into the final cut.

The screenshots appear as B-roll footage in the documentary for six seconds—between 11:04 and 11:10 minutes—showing custom-built Chinese software apparently launching a cyber-attack against the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, by using a compromised IP address belonging to a United States university. As of Aug. 22 at 1:30pm EDT, in addition to Youtube, the whole documentary is available on the CCTV website. But by Aug. 25, multiple media noted that the video had been removed.

The screenshots show the name of the software and the Chinese university that built it, the Electrical Engineering University of China’s People’s Liberation Army—direct evidence that the PLA is involved in coding cyber-attack software directed against a Chinese dissident group.

The software window says “Choose Attack Target.” The computer operator selects an IP address from a list—it happens to be 138.26.72.17—and then selects a target. Encoded in the software are the words “Falun Gong website list,” showing that attacking Falun Gong websites was built into the software.

A drop-down list of dozens of Falun Gong websites appears. The computer operator chooses Minghui.org, the main website of the Falun Gong spiritual practice.

The IP address 138.26.72.17 belongs to the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), according to an online trace.

The shots then show a big “Attack” button on the bottom left being pushed, before the camera cuts away.

“The CCP has leaked its top secret here,” says Jason Ma, a commentator for New Tang Dynasty Television. “This is the first time we see clearly that one of the top Chinese military universities is doing this research and developing software for cyber-attacks. There’s solid proof of it in this video,” he said.

The Chinese Communist Party has consistently denied that it is involved in cyber-attacks, but experts have long suspected that the Chinese military engages in them.

“Now we’ve got proof,” Ma says. “They’re also extending their persecution of Falun Gongoverseas, attacking a civil website in the U.S. These are the clear messages revealed in these six seconds of video.”

The hacking software, as the user decides on which website to target. (CCTV)

Network administrators at UAB contacted on Friday took a look at the IP address on their network and said it had not been used since 2010.

One of the technicians also recalled that there had been a Falun Gong practitioner at the university some years ago who held informal Falun Gong meetings on campus. They could not confirm whether that individual used that IP address.

A UAB network administrator assured The Epoch Times that they have safeguards against both network intrusions, and that their network is not compromised.

After the short interlude, the documentary continued with the themes it had started with for another nine minutes.

Last month McAfee, a network security company, said that an unprecedented campaign of cyber-espionage—affecting over 70 organizations or governments around the world and implicating billions of dollars in intellectual property—was being carried out by a “state actor.”

Later evidence traced IP addresses involved in the attack to China, and a growing mountain of other circumstantial evidence also suggests that the attacks originated from China.

The military documentary on July 17, on the other hand, was meant to show that the United States is the real aggressor in cyberspace, and that China is highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. “America is the first country to propose the concept of a cyberwar, and the first country to implement it in a real war,” the narrator said at one point.

It might have worked, except for those screenshots.

UPDATE 2: On Aug. 26 Government Computer News (GCN)—a publication for U.S. government IT professionals—called the six seconds of cyber-attack footage “the smoking gun on China’s U.S. cyberattacks.” In July, GCN had published a report on the anatomy of a cyber-attack that appeared to originate in China. It was an attack on a “honeypot” network—a trap GCN created specifically to attract an attack to examine hackers’ modus operandi. GCN’s John Breeden writes that the type of “push of a button” attack documented in the CCTV footage, “is exactly what I said happened to the GCN honeypot network.”

GCN “focuses on how to buy, build and manage the technologies that run [U.S.] federal, state, and local government,” according to its online description.

China: Chemicals Used to Alter Food Expiration Dates

It’s no surprise that Chinese perpetually worry about food safety, especially given the drumbeat of news like this: In Beijing and Hunan it was found that the expiration dates on food packaging, including on name-brand foods, are being changed with the help of printing devices and toxic chemicals.

The process of changing the expiration date burned the hands of a female worker in a medium-size food enterprise, reported Netease.

The person in charge at Douqu Food factory in Hunan recently admitted that at the end of May, after factory officials learned that a chemical solution could remove the production date imprinted on packaging, they started changing the dates. They purchased two printers and had two female workers use the corrosive chemical to erase the production dates on expired foods and then apply a new expiration date.

However, the two young women didn’t wear gloves, and within a few days, their skin blistered from the chemical burns. A subsequent dispute with the factory over medical fees exposed the issue to public light.

An investigation into the relabeling practices at the Douqu Food factory revealed the willful change of shelf-life labeling on a range of food packages.

According to an insider, the chemical mix is mainly banana oil (isoamyl acetate) and paint thinner, which can easily remove the expiration date imprinted on plastic bags, tin cans, and cartons. The compound, which is flammable and very toxic, can damage human skin, the lining of the throat, bronchi, lungs, and even the nervous system. It is not meant to be used on food labels.

A staff-member from a well-known food-packaging equipment manufacturer in Beijing stated that many people, from large enterprises to small vendors, are aware of this practice.

Remarking expired foods so they can be sold after their expiration date can lead to a proliferation of bacteria. Once bacteria reach a toxic level, they pose a health threat to humans. Preventing that eventuality is precisely the purpose of expiration dates.

 

Chinese Regime Considers Legalizing Illegal Detentions

For years the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been abducting troublesome lawyers, dissidents, and activists, and detaining them in secret locations without notifying a soul.

It is an extralegal process, decried by international observers and carried out secretly inside China. A new change to the criminal law might make the process legal.

The proposed amendments to residential surveillance laws would permit police to hold suspects in undisclosed locations for up to six months in cases involving terrorism, major corruption, or “national security.” The latter term is often interpreted in unconventional ways by Chinese security forces, and can include holding and expressing political or religious beliefs that the Party deems dangerous.

Suspects could be held without notifying their families or lawyers to better “facilitate the investigation,” the state-owned Legal Daily reported.

As it is, Beijing has become accustomed to secretly holding dissidents in an apparent attempt to silence them. Prominent Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who was jailed for nearly three months, was the highest profile example. He vanished before any official charges had been concocted and filed.

Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was convicted in December 2006 of subversion, with the sentence reduced to 5 years probation. Since then he has been subjected to repeated abductions by state security, with the most recent occurring in April 2010. He has twice written about the torture that he was subjected to while detained. On Aug. 14, the date his 5-yearlong period of probation ended, his wife held a press conference calling for the return of Gao to his family. His whereabouts remain unknown.

While the regime claims that the amendments are part of positive legal reforms, rights groups fear that authorities will be endorsing an illegal practice already in use by police, Radio Free Asia reported.

Currently, Chinese laws already allow suspects to be held under house arrest, but the proposed changes would allow them to be moved to locations other than a “regular detention center or police station.”

Liu Xiaoyuan, a legal activist and Ai’s lawyer, wrote a microblog post on Saturday saying that even if the changes were to be made, at least family members should be notified.

“Otherwise, a provision like this is basically legalizing forced disappearances,” Liu said, adding that any law lacking requirements for families to be notified could result in torture and abuse.

The proposed changes to the criminal procedure law will be reviewed in March by the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the highest state body and only legislative house in communist China. The result of that review, however, may have been decided by Party officials ahead of time.

CHINA’S most popular blog purge under Communist Party pressure

CHINA’S most popular microblogging site is cracking down on what it says is the spread of false rumours after the Communist Party told internet companies to tighten control over information online.

The move by Sina Corp reflects the pressure on China’s internet companies to help Beijing enforce censorship or risk losing the right to operate profitable businesses in a fast-growing market.

Sina’s Weibo service has sent notices to its 200 million users denying two reports posted on the site, including one about the killing of a 19-year-old woman, which were false. It said the accounts of users who originated the reports were closed.

The move comes amid the ruling party’s biggest crackdown on dissent in years as it tries to prevent the rise of Middle East-style protests.

The party secretary for Beijing, Liu Qi, visited Sina’s headquarters last week and said internet companies should block false and harmful information. Sina issued a statement on Thursday saying it would “put more effort into attacking all kinds of rumours”.

Weibo users reacted with dismay to the move. “The constitution stipulates freedom of speech, but there is no freedom of speech in reality,” said one posting on the site. “Please refute this rumour.”

Sina’s announcement gave no indication it was following government orders but many user comments said the service had reacted to Mr Liu’s visit.

Others questioned whether the ruling party would use the policy to suppress the spread of true information that might embarrass officials.

Web bulletin boards and Sina’s microblogging site are sensitive because they give the Chinese public a rare opportunity to express opinions to a wide audience in a society where the party controls the media.

Communist leaders have allowed such services as they try to strike a balance between controlling information and developing an internet industry they hope will help drive China’s modernisation. Private-sector internet services are required to monitor their content and quickly remove anything that violates the censorship rules.

Chau Chak Wing- Australia’s prolific Political donor to take up Gov Treasurer’s time in China

Comment: We should given a ‘Free Tibet’ T shirt each to wear that the opening!

Australia’s Treasurer WAYNE Swan will spend half of his one day in China this week helping open a multi-billion-dollar convention and entertainment complex near Guangzhou owned by Australia’s most prolific political donor, Chau Chak Wing.

The China-based property developer and newspaper owner is an Australian citizen who has donated millions to both sides of politics and partially funded trips to China for the Treasurer as well as Labor ministers Kevin Rudd, Stephen Smith and Tony Burke when they were in opposition.

People in Guangzhou said Dr Chau — ranked 81st on China’s Hurun Rich list with a fortune of $1.5 billion — has ambitious plans for his Congdu International Convention Centre. He is said to hope the centre will become China’s Camp David or Davos where global political and business leaders can meet.

A spokesman said Mr Swan had been invited by Dr Chau and accepted the invitation ‘recently”.

Mr Swan will be in good company on Wednesday; fellow attendees will include one of China’s brightest political stars, the Communist Party secretary of Guangdong and Politiburo member Wang Yang. Mr Swan will hold a meeting with Mr Wang, who is in contention for a spot on the nine-person Politburo Standing Committee when China changes its leaders next year.

There will also be a raft of senior Chinese bureaucrats, if the draft agenda is anything go, as well as former Labor prime minister Bob Hawke. – What the F**k is this Chiseller doing there?

Mr Swan will give a speech on Australia and renewable energy at a two-day summit branded The Creation of an Economic Structure: A Collective of Mutual Interests between China and Australia.

Mr Swan will spend only one day in the Chinese mainland on a 2 1/2 day visit taking in Hong Kong, where he will meet territory chief executive Donald Tsang.

Dr Chau, who publishes the Chinese language Australian New Express Daily in Sydney, has hired former NSW government head of protocol Michael Harkins, who served nine premiers. Dr Chau’s daughter Winky worked for former premier Bob Carr and has been in business with his successor Morris Iemma.

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