September 15th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

September 15th, 2016



China’s Communist Party Detained Christian Camp Leaders, Accused Them of Brainwashing Children
The Communist Party in China, which is leading a crackdown on Christians, detained two female Christian summer camp leaders in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region last month and accused them of trying to brainwash children. China Aid reports that Zhou Yanhua and Gao Ming, both members of Yining County Church, were held by authorities for 10 and 15 days, respectively, following their arrest on Aug. 4.

CUBACuba’s Walled Garden
A tiny percentage of Cubans have cell phones now, but text messages that contain words like “democracy,” “protest” and “human rights” are being swallowed up by the state. If you send a text with one of those words or phrases in it, your phone will say the message was sent, but it goes straight into the bit bucket. Your intended recipient will never see it.
RUSSIARussia Revives Soviet-Era Psychiatric Punishment: Crimean Tatars
Speaking last week after his release from a forced stay in a Crimean psychiatric hospital, Ilmi Umerov didn’t hold back.”It was what you could call one big torture,” the former deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatars’ self-governing body told German media. Having made public statements against Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, the Russian authorities charged Umerov with “separatism” and forced him into a psychiatric hospital for a month of observation.
UKRAINEUkraine’s Foreign Ministry Calls on West to Press Russia to Release Political Prisoners
Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the international community to apply all possible legal and political pressure on Russia for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners and hostages kept in Russian territory and “occupied land of Ukraine.” The ministry also calls on Russia to end the violation of human rights and freedoms.
VENEZUELAIn a Hungry Venezuela, Buying Too Much Food Can Get You Arrested
Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff, THE WASHINGTON POST
The hunt for food started at 4 a.m., when Alexis Camascaro woke up to get in line outside the supermarket. Camascaro never made it inside. Truckloads of Venezuelan troops arrived in the darkness, arresting him and nearly 30 others seemingly pulled from the queue at random, according to his lawyer. Camascaro, 50, was charged with violating laws against interfering “directly or indirectly” with the production, transportation or sale of food. He has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing.