December 12th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

December 12th, 2016


China Puts Dissidents Under House Arrest for Human Rights Day
RADIO FREE ASIA                                                 
China on Friday detained key dissidents, placing some under house arrest amid growing calls for a tougher US stance on Beijing’s rights record ahead of World Human Rights Day. As rights activists and former prisoners of conscience gave testimony to a US congressional hearing on human rights abuses in China, Beijing-based veteran democracy activist Zha Jianguo said he is now at home under tight surveillance. “The police called me and said that tomorrow is World Human Rights Day, and that they’ll be doing this for two days,” Zha said.

Salman Rushdie Leads World Human Rights Day Protest for Chinese Writers
More than 100 authors from around the world signed a letter to Chinese Leader Xi Jinping on Saturday—Human Rights Day—to urge an immediate end to China’s “worsening crackdown” on rights, a global writers group said. Since he came to power in 2012, Xi has overseen a crackdown on dissent, with hundreds of lawyers, activists and academics detained and dozens jailed.


EU, Cuba Sign Accord on Political Dialogue and Cooperation
The EU and Cuba have agreed to a new legal framework regarding bilateral cooperation. The move comes amid a renewed effort to improve relations between Cuba and the West. The accord calls for enhanced dialogue and bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, from trade and investment to counterterrorism.


Crimean Tatars Accuse Russia of Kidnappings and Political Arrests
Shaun Walker, THE GUARDIAN
Human rights activists have warned of a worsening campaign of harassment in Crimea against Crimean Tatars, including political arrests, trials, and kidnappings. Crimean Tatars lived in the area for centuries before it was settled by either Russians or Ukrainians, but now make up only about 13% of Crimea’s population. During Russia’s 2014 annexation of the region, the Crimean Tatars largely boycotted the hastily organized referendum, and community leaders called for Crimea to remain part of Ukraine.


C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence
Mark Mazzetti and Eric Lichtblau, THE NEW YORK TIMES
American spy and law enforcement agencies were united in the belief, in the weeks before the presidential election, that the Russian government had deployed computer hackers to sow chaos during the campaign. But they had conflicting views about the specific goals of the subterfuge. Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning new judgment that upended the debate: Russia, they said, had intervened with the primary aim of helping make Donald J. Trump president.


On Human Rights Day, UN Urges Everyone to Stand Up for Universal Rights
Isabela Cocoli, VOICE OF AMERICA
Countries around the world mark International Human Rights Day December 10. As disrespect for basic human rights continues to be widespread in many parts of the globe, the United Nations is calling on everyone to stand up for universal rights. “Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.