December 23rd, 2016 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

December 23rd, 2016

CHINA

Chinese Propaganda Video Warns of West’s “Devilish Claws”
Chris Buckley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
The communist party says such uprisings like the “color revolution” are a template of Western plans for China. It is a longstanding theme that has gained greater official credence under Communist Leader Xi Jinping. That perspective has threaded through the trials of Chinese lawyers and rights advocates convicted and sentenced on subversion charges this year. It was echoed in a meeting this month about strengthening ideological controls in Chinese universities. A law governing foreign nongovernment organizations that takes effect on Jan. 1 was also partly motivated by fears of foreign subversion.

LITHUANIA

Lithuania Says It Found Russian Spyware on Its Government Computers
Andrius Sytas, REUTERS
The Baltic state of Lithuania, on the frontline of growing tensions between the West and Russia, says the Kremlin is responsible for cyber attacks that have hit government computers over the last two years. The head of cyber security told Reuters three cases of Russian spyware on its government computers had been discovered since 2015, and there had been 20 attempts to infect them this year. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, all ruled by Moscow in communist times, have been alarmed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 and its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

UKRAINE

Amnesty International Decries “Systematic Persecution” of Crimean Tatars under Russian Rule
RADIO FREE EUROPE
Amnesty International has decried what it called Russia’s “systematic persecution” of the Crimean Tatars since “the occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation” in 2014. In a December 15 report, the London-based rights group said Russian authorities use “repressive tactics… against the Crimean Tatar community and other dissenting voices.” The report also said that “Russia imposed its legislation wholesale on the Crimean territory—in breach of international law—which has enabled the authorities to pursue key figures in the Tatar community on trumped-up anti-extremism and other charges.”

UNITED STATES

Dalai Lama’s Representative Highlights Tibet’s Human Rights Situation at Congressional Hearing
VOICE OF AMERICA
During the hearing of “Dissidents Who Have Suffered for Human Rights in China: A Look Back and A Look Forward,” organized by the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC), Mr. Penpa Tsering informed the audience of China’s continued demolition of the largest Tibetan Buddhist learning center of Larung Gar in Serta county and its restrictions on Tibetans wanting to attend the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra religious gathering in India, while demanding the release of all the political prisoners inside Tibet including Tibet’s second highest lama, Panchen Gedun Choekyi Nyima, who was abducted by the authorities at the age of six, making him one of the world’s youngest political prisoners.

VENEZUELA

Report Predicts Further Unrest in Venezuela without Regime Change
Katarina Martin, PANAMPOST
The International Crisis Group has said that the political conflict in Venezuela could deepen in 2017 to the point of social outbreak unless President Nicolás Maduro addresses the recall referendum. The report published by the NGO, entitled “Venezuela: dialogue with difficulty,” analyzes different points of crisis the country is currently experiencing. According to the study, the country’s armed forces will “progressively exercise more control” as discontent continues to grow, until the government and the opposition enter a process of true dialogue.

Lawyer for US Man Jailed in Venezuela Has Not Seen Him in Weeks, She Claims
Alex Vasquez S., FOX NEWS
Joshua Holt, a 24-year-old American jailed in Venezuela for six months now, has not been allowed to conference with his defense since Dec. 4, attorney Jeannette Prieto said. Holt and his wife Thamara Caleño Candelo were arrested on weapon charges after a police raid on their apartment on June 30. Venezuelan authorities contend they were stockpiling weapons and have suggested his case was linked to other attempts by the US to undermine President Nicolás Maduro’s rule amid deep economic and political turbulence.




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