January 3rd, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

January 3rd, 2017


Website to Provide Public Access to One Million Khmer Rouge Documents
The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) is set to launch a new interactive multimedia website later this month hosting more than 1 million publicly accessible documents related to the Khmer Rouge regime. Estimates suggest as many as 1.7 million Cambodians died under the reign of the totalitarian Khmer Rouge, which ruled the country between 1975 and 1979. Hang Chuon Naron, education minister, said resources such as the new DC-Cam website could be valuable supplements to education in school about the history of the Khmer Rouge.


Chinese Christian Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Holding Bible Study
A Chinese woman from the western Xinjiang region has been sentenced to three years in prison for holding a Bible study. She was reportedly convicted of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” China Aid, which reports on human rights and persecution abuses in the world’s most populous nation, said on Sunday that Ma Huichao was taken by police along with four other Christians when they were accused by Communist Party authorities of meeting for the Bible study without government approval.

China Announces Details of Social Credit System Plan, Deemed “Orwellian” by Critics
China is developing a national pilot plan for its social credit system, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Doctors and public servants will be among the first professionals to register for the ratings system, which will punish and reward citizens depending on their behavior. The first test zone for the system is planned for the Yangtze River Delta region and includes the city of Shanghai, as well as Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces, the agency reported on Monday.


Trump Crackdown Looms for Cuba as Repression Continues after Obama Outreach
President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, recovering stolen US assets and demanding human rights reforms by Havana, analysts say. “This year, they’ve had over 10,000 politically motivated arrests,” said Ana Quintana, an analyst on Latin America at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “During President Obama’s visit [in March], there were 498 people arrested in those three days.”

Cuba Marks Anniversary of Revolution with Show of Military Strength
Cuban troops and hundreds of thousands of citizens have paraded through Revolution Square in the capital in a traditional show of strength. Schoolchildren wearing red and white pioneer uniforms kicked off the event in Havana by surrounding a replica of the Granma yacht, which carried the Castro brothers, Ernesto “Che” Guevara and others from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolution in 1959. The threat to US-Cuba relations could not come at a worse time for the Caribbean country, which slipped into recession last year for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union a quarter of a century ago.


Facing Growing North Korea Nuke Threat, Trump Vows: “It Won’t Happen!
Nicole Gaouette and Barbara Starr, CNN
President-elect Donald Trump had a message Monday for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his latest missile threats. “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” Trump tweeted. Trump quickly followed that up with a charge that China was doing nothing to help the US cope with the rogue nation.


Ukraine Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian “Cyberwar”
Natalia Zinets, REUTERS
Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months, including incidents that showed Russian security services were waging a cyberwar against the country, President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. In December, Ukraine suffered attacks on its finance and defense ministries and the State Treasury that allocates cash to government institutions. A suspected hack also wiped out part of Kiev’s power grid, causing a blackout in part of the capital.


Leopoldo López Proposes Roadmap to End Dictatorship
Sabrina Martin, PANAMPOST
The Venezuelan political leader and prisoner Leopoldo López sent a message to the country on the eve of ushering in the year 2017. In the handwritten letter, he established a “road map” for ending the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. The opposition leader said that it is necessary to resume the offensive against the regime. In 2016, the ruling party crossed “a line that the Venezuelan democrats and the democratic world should not tolerate with passivity.”

Venezuela’s Deadliest Year
Amid Venezuela’s economic collapse, a wave of violence is afflicting the country. The nation has experienced its deadliest year on record, with nearly 28,500 people killed. The photojournalist Meridith Kohut spent the fall documenting the violence in Venezuela, a project that brought her to gang-controlled slums, crime scenes, jails crowded with men who had stolen to eat, and funerals of those who died in the bloodshed.