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2006-03-08 05:05:00

By Emma Graham-Harrison BEIJING (Reuters) - The toilets on the first floor of China's monolithic Great Hall of the People suggest its designers weren't expecting many women in the 1950s, and there has been little need to update the layout since. A vast sunlit expanse of male washrooms is across the corridor from a badly lit handful of stalls for women -- but there are no queues, or worries about any forming now the annual parliament meeting is under way. Female journalists and flask-toting...

2006-03-03 21:32:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police detained an outspoken human rights lawyer in Beijing on Saturday, continuing an official crackdown on dissidents ahead of the opening of the national parliament, another lawyer said. Gao Zhisheng has defended dissidents and protesters, and recently helped organize a rolling hunger strike to protest against police harassment of political activists. Three plain-clothes police bundled Gao into a car as he walked to his office, said another human rights...

2006-02-27 07:42:01

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's three opposition parties said on Monday they would boycott snap elections on April 2, deepening a political crisis and raising the pressure on embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin, the focus of an increasingly strident campaign based in Bangkok by groups accusing him of abuses of power and tailoring government policies to benefit his family's business, shrugged off the boycott. "It is each party's decision. We've...

2006-02-26 06:34:26

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Trisanat Kongkhunthian BANGKOK (Reuters) - Buddhist monks and nuns of the "Dharma Army" led thousands of people at a demonstration against embattled Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Sunday as opposition parties failed to agree to boycott a snap election. "Give our country back," and "Ethics first," they chanted against Thaksin, a former tycoon accused of undermining the checks and balances of the constitution and tailoring policy to suit his...

2006-02-24 06:49:15

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up at least eight democracy campaigners involved in hunger strikes that have spread to more than 16 provinces, a leading activist said on Friday. Most of those detained in the past 10 days had gone on hunger strikes to protest what they call increasingly violent harassment of dissidents by the government, Gao Zhisheng, a Beijing-based lawyer, told Reuters by telephone. "It's because we have made the government look really bad by the...

2006-02-22 02:11:21

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The trial of a Chinese researcher charged with exposing state secrets while working for the New York Times is expected before the end of March, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Zhao Yan worked for the paper before his arrest in September 2004. He faces 10 years in jail or more after security officials charged him with telling the paper details of rivalry between China's outgoing Communist Party leader, Jiang Zemin, and new leader Hu Jintao. "The...

2006-02-21 22:46:54

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese journalist, jailed for splashing paint over a portrait of Mao Zedong during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, is due to be freed on Wednesday, his mother and a rights activist said, ahead of President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States. The release of Yu Dongyue, who rights groups say suffered a mental breakdown after persistent prison beatings, would leave about 70 Chinese political prisoners still serving time for their...

2006-02-21 03:50:10

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ninety-nine percent of people tried in China for "endangering state security" are found guilty, a prominent human rights activist said on Tuesday, calling on President Hu Jintao to release two detained journalists. Such state security cases -- many involving perceived threats to Communist rule, spying or the theft of murkily defined state secrets -- have the highest conviction rate of any crime in China, said John Kamm, head of the U.S.-based Dui Hua...

2006-02-14 00:53:11

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A former secretary to Chairman Mao Zedong and a dozen other senior Chinese scholars and ex-officials have denounced the shutdown of an investigative weekly in a spreading battle over censorship. They said the closing of the Freezing Point section of the China Youth Daily was an "historic incident" in a struggle between Communist Party controls and calls for media freedom. "History demonstrates that only a totalitarian system needs news...

2006-02-07 07:43:59

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crackdown on domestic non-governmental organizations has forced an AIDS activist to quit the group he set up after international funding dried up and some volunteers resigned in the face of intimidation. Hu Jia's activism set him on a collision course with the Communist Party, which has stepped up curbs on NGOs, the media, the Internet, lawyers, academics and civil rights campaigners to maintain its grip on power. Hu announced his...