BEIJING—In his first interview in five years, leading Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng said he was tortured with an electric baton to his face and spent three years in solitary confinement during his latest period of detention since 2010.
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee also vowed to never leave China despite the hardships and having to live apart from his family.
Chinese communist authorities have arrested several dozen Chinese who attempted to lodge legal complaints against the former Party leader Jiang Zemin, according to an overseas rights group.
The campaign to pressure Chinese authorities to indict Jiang, for launching the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, has been building in momentum since May; most of the individuals lodging the complaints in China—which now reach past 80,000—are practitioners of Falun Gong.
Since the end of May, over 10,000 Chinese citizens have filed criminal charges against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Communist Party. It is a laudable move, says the former editor of a Chinese pro-democracy publication, but one that needs global support to ensure the petitioners’ safety.
A report by China’s central bank says that the country needs 2 trillion yuan (about $322 billion) every year for the next five years if it wants to counter the impact of pollution on the environment. The startling number is three percent of China’s total GDP.
The annual government budget sits at around 14.2 trillion yuan and the portion dedicated to the environment was 1 trillion yuan in 2014.
Beginning in 2004, thousands, then tens of thousands, then over one hundred thousand Chinese people began renouncing the Chinese Communist Party every day. The service that recorded these statements calls itself the Tuidang Center. And now it has recorded 200 million renunciations—about a seventh of the Chinese population.
“It’s a milestone, a good number of people,” said David Tompkins, a spokesman for The Tuidang Center, in a telephone interview. “It shows that the Tuidang Movement is growing in China, and reaching all Chinese people.”
The security risks found in China’s smartphones—particularly those from Xiaomi, the country’s largest smartphone maker—may tie to a deeper problem, according to recent findings from researchers at mobile security company BlueBox.
“Android is very popular in China,” says a BlueBox report, noting almost 90 percent of smartphones in China run on Android.
The problem with China’s Android addiction, it adds, is that “few, if any, of these devices run a Google certified version of Android.”
The Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo said Thursday it will no longer pre-install on its devices the Superfish adware that has been denounced by cyber-security experts as making users vulnerable to hacking.
“Superfish has completely disabled server side interactions (since January) on all Lenovo products so that the product is no longer active,” Lenovo said in a statement Thursday. “Lenovo stopped preloading the software in January. We will not preload this software in the future.”
Just before Christmas in 2012 a letter that had been smuggled into a Halloween Kit sold by K-Mart made international news.
The letter, in broken English with phrases in Chinese characters mixed in, told of the mistreatment of prisoners at the Masanjia Labor Camp in China and asked for help. Julie Keith of Portland, Ore., happened upon the letter and posted it on her Facebook page. That soon triggered a conversation in media and among human rights organizations about the forced labor camp system in China.
During his APEC trip to China, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper requested that the Chinese authorities release a jailed Falun Gong practitioner. The request was recently confirmed by a Canadian government official.
The Falun Gong practitioner in question is Chen Yinghua, the daughter of Ms. Huang Jinling, a resident of Calgary. Chen has been imprisoned since March 2014 for her spiritual beliefs.
Ms. Huang and her husband contacted the Prime Minister's office last month prior to his trip to China, hoping that he could help secure her release.