June 7th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

June 7th, 2017


Security Analysts Confirm Links Between Beijing Spy Agency And Security Firm
A Chinese cyber security firm carried out a global campaign of cyber espionage and reconnaissance for the Ministry of State Security, Beijing’s main civilian spy service, according to security researchers. The company known as Boyusec, located in Guangzhou near Hong Kong, was traced to large-scale MSS cyber operations to steal corporate and government secrets, and to conduct cyber reconnaissance—preparing foreign networks for cyber attacks in a future conflict. Following that report, an anonymous security group or researcher, identified only as “intrusiontruth,” reported May 9 that Boyusec is an MSS contractor and two of its officials, Wu Yingzhuo and Dong Hao, were linked to Chinese intelligence cyber operations.

China Rejects US Call For Release Of Labor Rights Activists
Philip Wen, REUTERS
China on Tuesday said it had detained labor rights activists who scrutinized conditions at a Chinese company making Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, rebuffing a call from the US State Department for the release of the three men. The remarks were the first official confirmation of last month’s statement by China Labor Watch, a New York-based advocacy group, that one activist had been arrested and two were missing after studying conditions at factories that produce shoes for the daughter of US President Donald Trump and other Western brands. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the activists were detained and investigated on suspicion of interfering with a company’s “normal operation and production activities,” and the illegal use of “professional surveillance equipment.”

Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Charged With Subversion After Being Held Six Months
Christian Shepherd, REUTERS
Chinese authorities have formally charged a prominent rights activist with subversion of state power after holding him incommunicado for six months, his wife said on Tuesday. Jiang Tianyong defended high-profile dissidents and practitioners of Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement, before being disbarred in 2009. He continued to speak out against government crackdowns on rights lawyers. Jiang disappeared in November 2016 after traveling to central China’s Changsha city to provide advice and support to a fellow rights lawyer, Xie Yang. On Monday, six months later, the longest a suspect can be held without charge under Chinese law, his father received an official charge notice in the post. The notice, dated May 31, said Jiang was being held on suspicion of subverting state power, a more serious crime, and was being held in Changsha City Number One Detention Centre.


Troops From Laos and Cambodia in Cross-Border Standoff Over Road Construction
Soldiers from Cambodia and Laos have been locked in a standoff across their shared border since February, in a spat that has seen troops on the ground accuse each other of incursions while the leaders of the two countries dismiss reports of friction. Cambodian soldiers who are stationed along the border area in Stung Treng province told RFA’s Khmer Service that Lao soldiers have dug in in Cambodian territory at Koh Reusey, a town on the Sekong River in Siem Pang District in the northeastern corner of Cambodia. The Lao troops have been deployed in that area to prevent Cambodian engineering teams from building a road and bridge near the border, they said.


South and North Korea Make Contact on Tentative June 15 Commemorative Event
North Korea has responded to a private South Korean organization’s request for contact for the first time since South Korea’s new administration took power. This is improving the prospects for North and South Koreans overseas holding a joint event on June 15, an annual event that has been suspended since 2008. “The North Korean committee suggested that the joint event commemorating the 17th anniversary of the June 15 Joint Statement be held in Pyongyang,” the South Korean Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Statement said in a statement. This is the first time that North and South Korea have exchanged communications since the launch of the Moon Jae-in administration, albeit in the private sector. On May 28, South Korea’s Unification Ministry approved the committee’s request to make contact with the North with the aim of holding the June 15 joint event.

North Korea Lashes Out At China For Cooperating With US
The North Korean regime lashed out at China for cooperating with the United States in its attempts to apply pressure against Kim Jong-un’s quest for a nuclear capability to threaten its enemies. The comments came after China allowed additional sanctions to go into effect via the UN Security Council, which targeted additional North Korean entities and officials. “This ‘resolution,’ which is said to have been drafted after a long ‘consultation’ between the US and China, places entities and individuals related with the DPRK’s nuclear and rocket program as a target of ‘additional sanctions,’”a spokesperson for the North Korean foreign ministry said, according to a dispatch by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reports International Business Times. The North said it “will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces.” North Korea has been conducting one missile launch a week in defiance of UN demands. They are also threatening another nuclear test. The United States Navy has moved three carrier groups into the region and the THAAD missile defense system is now live in South Korea.


Can Ocean Science Bring Cuba And The United States Together?
Jorge Alberto Angulo-Valdes, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Cuba is the ecological crown jewel of the Caribbean. It harbors thousands of the region’s endemic species and about half of its coastal ecosystems. It is rare to find comparable ecosystems or such rich biodiversity anywhere in the Caribbean, and perhaps in the Western Hemisphere. Cuba also is inextricably linked to its neighbor countries, especially the United States. These two nations have been adversaries for over 60 years, but their common backyard is an ocean filled with limited shared resources. Since December 2014, when then-President Barack Obama ordered the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, both governments have taken steps to improve cooperation. This includes agreements to work together to protect some of the Caribbean’s most important coral reefs and marine sanctuaries. Now, however, the Trump administration reportedly is planning to slow or halt at least some US engagement with Cuba.


Fourteen Venezuelan Army Officers Jailed In First Week Of Protests – Documents
Girish Gupta and Andrew Cawthorne, REUTERS
Venezuela’s security forces arrested at least 14 army officers on suspicion of “rebellion” and “treason” in the first week of protests against President Nicolás Maduro’s government in early April, according to military documents obtained by Reuters. The soldiers, who include colonels and captains, are being held in Ramo Verde prison in the hills outside Caracas, according to lists being circulated within the military. The documents said their cases were being “processed,” and it was not clear if they had been formally charged. The lists emerged after allegations by Venezuelan opposition leaders that a purge is underway within the military to quash dissent over the handling of massive demonstrations against the socialist government since early April.