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Q&A Beattie / Wang / Tiananmen Analysis


In The Run-Up To The 25th Anniversary Of The Tiananmen Square Crackdown On Democracy Protesters, China's State Council This Week Issued A White Paper Describing What It Sees As Progress In Improving Human Rights, The Study, Titled Progress In China's Human Rights In 2013, Says The Government Has Effectively Safeguarded Its Citizens Right To Life And Health. Person Liberty, Personal Dignity And Other Rights Of The Individual. Citing The Abolition Of The Re-Education Through Labor Camp System Last Year And Efforts To Combat Human Trafficking, The Report Said China Had Been Effective In Protecting The Rights Of Women And  Children. It Also Cities The Cases Of More Than 800 People Who Were Acquitted And Courts That Overturned Erroneous Convictions On Appeal. On Wednesday The Rights Group Amnesty International Lashed Out At Chinese President Xi Jinping For What It Calls The Widespread Persecution Of Activists Ahead Of Next Week's Tiananmen Square Anniversary. It Says Dozens Of Activists Have Been Detained, Placed Under House Arrrest Or Questioned By Police In Recent Weeks. Amenesty Says Tiananmen Is A Critical Test For Mr. Xi And He Has Opted For Repression Over Reform. The Rights Group Says Among Those Detained Are Rights Lawyer Pu Zhi-Qiang And Journalist Gao Yu, While The Spokesperson For The Group Tiananmen Mothers Ding Zilin Has Been Placed Under House Arrest. Meanwhile, The Rights Group Dui Hua Foundation Said An Analysis Of Official Data Showed More Than 800 Chinese Were Indicted Last Year On Charges Including Subversion, Separatism And Incitement, The Smallest Number Since 2007. At The Same Time , It Says The Number Indicted For Impairing Social Order Has Been Rising Suggesting A Change Of Tactics By Chinese Authorities To Minimize Media Scrutiny. Maya Wang, A Hong Kong-Based Researcher For Human Rights Watch, Told VOA's Victor Beattie She Actually Thinks Charges Under Both Categories May Actually Be Up.

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