Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police

first_imgNews June 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo manhandled by Beijing police RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img News to go further News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the way police officers manhandled, detained and threatened writer and press freedom activist Liu Xiaobo this evening as he was leaving his Beijing home with his wife, Liu Xia, to go and have dinner at someone else’s home. The police grabbed him by the head, neck and arm, led him away and held him for several hours. They finally escorted him back to his home and told him he could not go out.The press freedom organisation stresses its support for Liu, who in 2004 was awarded the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize for defending freedom.“The behaviour of these police officers on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre shows that, 19 years later, the authorities continue to crack down on those who campaign peacefully for the rehabilitation of the victims of the events of 4 June 1989,” Reporters Without Borders said.Liu is a leading human rights figure. His writings include an essay condemning the frequent use of subversion charges – which are brought against many cyber-dissidents – as a “legal aberration.”Liu spent two years in prison after publicly defending the June 1989 pro-democracy movement. He was sentenced to another three years of reeducation through work in 1996 for questioning the Communist Party’s monopoly of party political activity. Help by sharing this information News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Keble Warden ‘mightily sorry’ for undergrad accommodation cock-up

first_imgKeble offcials have apolgised to students for forcing students to delay their arrival in Oxford, though insist they will “make no apology for not consulting.”The apology came in an acrimonious open forum between students and staff, as they try to restore relations ahead of the coming year.Following a failure to complete fire saftey tests in the college’s graduate accommodation prior to the start of term, second and third year undergraduates at Keble College were told to “postpone their arrival in Oxford.”In an email sent by the college’s warden, Jonathan Phillips, on Monday of -1st week, the students were further told that “unless they [had] a compelling reason to be in College sooner,” they would only be allowed to take up residence at the college from Thursday 4th October.Wednesday’s open forum was held to allow students affected by the accommodation mishap to voice their concerns.Presided over by the warden, the forum was attended by Keble Bursar Roger Boden, Domestic Bursar Nick French, Senior Tutor Ali Rogers, and Welfare Fellow Nevsky Everett.About 30 members of the Keble JCR were also present.Noting the “considerable inconvenience” caused by the accommodation cock-up, Phillips said he was “mightily sorry”.However, he added: “We had no time to consult [students about the best course of action], and I make no apology for not consulting.”Students raised points about access, with one JCR member citing an email, dated 25th September, which explained: “In the circumstances we cannot accept as a compelling reason the fact that the only time you can be brought to College is at the weekend.”Students also called for improved communication, noting the unclear emails sent five minutes before the college office closed during -1st week.Phillips argued, that “the [college’s] motivation was good,” as they intended to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible, but acknowledged that there were still problems with the way in which information was distributed.Questions were also raised about the temporary closure of the hall and the O’Reilly Theatre, which started last week and will end during the Easter Vacation.Furthermore, there was discussion about college facilities, with MCR members being set to use JCR washing machines until the end of the month.A third year at Keble told Cherwell: “Since I had already committed to coming back early, I had to sleep on friends’ floors for six nights.“I had problems with storing my stuff as well, as my parents couldn’t take time off on the Thursday to help me move in.”Another third-year student added: “The general feeling in college in the past has been the administration does not prioritise its undergraduate students.“It was this discontent that meant the inconsiderate emails and delay in our return to college was disappointing, but not surprising, confirming what we’ve suspected all along.”last_img read more

Project looks at community’s vision for Vermont

first_imgMembers of community and student groups gathered Friday to discuss their ideal plan for the development of Vermont Avenue.The Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice — a group of 25 local businesses that monitors the development of land along the 40-block strip running from USC to the Staples Center — hosted its second “Visions for Vermont” event Friday, as part of preliminary planning efforts to create a land-use plan that will best serve the needs of the community surrounding USC.Multiple choice · (from left to right) Juniors Jennifer Yee, Corrine Montana and Elisabeth Gustafson work on a survey examining the future of Vermont Avenue. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe “Visions for Vermont” project is a response to the challenges local residents are facing. The series of meetings started in October, and are held monthly to allow for open communication between the community and the coalition.“This is an alliterative process — we consistently ask and get feedback,” said Ava Bromberg, planning and action research coordinator for the Figueroa Corridor Coalition.Two primary concerns in the development of the Vermont area are safety and housing, the coalition has found.In a survey conducted by the coalition last week, almost half of the respondents said feeling unsafe was their number one concern. The number two concern was the ability to continue living in the neighborhood, as many residents said they are concerned about the rising cost of housing in the area.One solution presented at Friday’s “Visions for Vermont” attempts to address the area’s affordability for community members.Proposed by Tafarai Bayne, an organizer for the Figueroa Corridor Coalition Land Trust, the solution emphasizes USC’s duty to build more affordable housing for students so fewer students look outside the university for housing.The coalition has also attempted to head off these problems by starting the UNIDAD campaign, which aims to prevent the displacement of people who live in the USC community.To address safety concerns, Bayne suggested a joint community program and an effort to make more information available to residents.In both propositions, Bayne emphasized the importance of a constant dialogue among the city, the community and the university.Student group Campus and Community United strives to keep this dialogue open. A few members of CCU were in attendance Friday. “Now is a pivotal moment because USC is making their Master Plan and they are working with the city,” said Jenn Yee, a member of CCU. “In order for the community to get their voice heard, they have to get their voices heard now.”Members of CCU and others at the event got the chance to view interactive booths set up by the Figueroa Coalition and students from Cal Poly’s Community Planning Studio.One booth displayed a panorama view of the city and had thought bubbles that displayed things that residents found both positive and negative in their community. The data displayed on the map was a result of input given at the first “Visions for Vermont” event in October that 80 people attended“We are gathering information to reflect the needs of the community,” said Gabriela Garcia, a community organizer for the Neighborhood Land Trust. “We want the people behind the plan.”At another booth, students from Cal Poly’s Community Planning Studio asked visitors to create their ideal community. The students had a variety of paper cutouts including trees, community centers and street signs for people to paste onto a blank map of the community.The students from Cal Poly will also help with the next steps of the “Visions for Vermont” project, which will include putting together architectural plans that will reflect the concerns and needs of the community.Although a timeline has yet to be established, “Visions for Vermont” plans on holding its monthly meetings until March 2010.“Next summer is a big drafting point for the city,” Bayne said. “The budget crisis may make the timeline change.”last_img read more