Court upholds 11-year prison sentence for leading pro-democracy activist

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News News June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News February 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds 11-year prison sentence for leading pro-democracy activist News Help by sharing this information Related documents Charter 08PDF – 102.08 KB A Beijing appeal court yesterday upheld leading dissident Liu Xiaobo’s 11-year jail sentence on a charge of “subverting state authority” for expressing his views online and helping to draft Charter 08. The court announced its decision to Liu at a very short hearing.“We continue to be deeply shocked by the Chinese government’s insistence on such a harsh punishment for an activist and intellectual who is renowned throughout the world,” Reporters Without Borders Charter 08 below—————————————————–25.12.2009 – Eleven-year jail sentence for free speech activist Liu Xiaobo, court sneakily issues verdict on Christmas DayReporters Without Borders is profoundly shocked by this unbelievable and outrageous sentence. A Beijing court today sentenced leading Chinese free speech activist Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波) to eleven years in prison on a charge of subverting state authority for posting outspoken articles online and helping to draft Charter 08, a call for democratic reform. He had been facing a possible 15-year sentence. The dissident said he would appeal.“It is a disgrace that Liu Xiaobo is going to spend the next eleven years in prison when all he did was defend free expression and participate in a debate about his country’s future with many other Chinese intellectuals,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is also disgraceful that such a sentence was announced on Christmas Day.”The press freedom organisation added: “Where are the universal values of freedom of expression that China is supposed to represent in Shanghai in 2010? The national and international pressure for this famous dissident’s release must be redoubled. The international community must not be manipulated by the Chinese authorities, who are trying to minimise reaction by concluding this case during the end-of-year holidays.”Arrested in December 2008, Liu spent nearly a year in prison before being formally charged with subversion on 12 December. His trial on 23 December was accompanied by a high degree of police surveillance. Dozens of foreign journalists, foreign diplomats and Liu supporters were kept away from the courthouse. Liu’s wife, who had wanted to attend, was prevented from leaving her home.This is not the first time that the Christmas period has proved to be particularly dangerous for Chinese human rights activists. See the previous release. Inspired by Charter 77, the charter circulated by Czechoslovak dissidents in 1977, Charter 08 was released on 8 December 2008, two days before the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Originally signed by some 300 intellectuals and human rights activists, it now has more than 10,000 signatures. A former University of Beijing philosophy professor and winner of the Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in 2004, Liu is committed to the idea that the Chinese media will one day be able to operate as a real fourth estate and stand up to the omnipotent Communist Party. Examples of some of Liu’s statements about free expression ChinaAsia – Pacific to go furtherlast_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Fireworks Fail Edition

first_imgSince last week’s video did not contain any trauma, and the annual American exercise in eat, drink, blow stuff up, repeat, aka the 4th of July Celebration is on Thursday, we’ll skip the outdoors action on today’s Trauma Tuesday. That’s not exactly true, as you can see most of the fireworks fail action in this video does occur outside, however there are no actual sports involved, unless you consider running for your life and laughing at your idiot friends a sport – which some do. Although the actions in the above video can be equal parts hilarious and traumatizing, let this also be a friendly BRO reminder that fireworks – or anything that explodes really, whether it be recreational or professional in use – are not a toy, and should be used with care. That means you Drunk Dad; c’mon, try to set a good example.But in all seriousness, we at BRO encourage you to obey local laws, follow safety guidelines, and not blow yourself up on this Independence Day.WARNING: Some not safe for work language toward the end…but that’s to be expected right?last_img read more

Keith Lambert thriving in second chance for Syracuse club ice hockey after quitting team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 A few weeks after he quit the Syracuse club hockey team in fall 2015, Keith Lambert begged for his spot back. He phoned head coach Nick Pierandri. But the coach said the Orange didn’t need him.“We could use you,” Pierandri told him, “but we’ll win without you.”The next day, Lambert showed up at the team’s lift session anyway. He felt unwelcome and struggled to keep up with his teammates. But the team thought he earned a second chance.After playing five years at The Harvey (New York) School, Lambert’s career had seemingly ended when he quit. But quickly, he found that he missed the sport he’d been playing since he turned 5. He wanted to get back on the ice. And this season, after re-joining the team last fall, the 6-foot sophomore forward is the third-leading scorer for Syracuse (23-7), which leads all of ACHA Division I teams in goals.“This season’s been great,” Lambert said. “It’s good to be back.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRobbie VanRaamsdonk, a junior forward on the team and friend of Lambert’s, explained that he tried to convince him not to quit, but he was “pretty much done,” so there wasn’t much of a discussion.“I tried to encourage him that he wasn’t making the right decision,” Pierandri said. “And that he would do better in school if he stayed with hockey … I told him I was disappointed.”Two weeks into his hiatus, Lambert knew he had made a mistake. In mid-November, he made the call to Pierandri. During his first workout, Lambert “huffed and puffed” while his teammates “didn’t break a sweat.” He had hardly skated or lifted, and it showed. Lambert had only played in two intramural games during the break, but over the next few weeks he worked back to his previous level of play.Despite coming back to the ice, he didn’t receive significant playing time until last February. Lambert had returned to the team during a dry spell for the Syracuse offense. To earn playing time, he needed to produce offensively. He did. His rhythm returned when beating defenders one-on-one became regular again.“Once I started gelling … making some plays with the older guys,” Lambert said, “I started to feel more comfortable, realizing the guys wanted me on the ice.”During Syracuse’s game against SUNY Oswego, Lambert regained the same confidence that made him a five-year varsity letter-winner in high school. He had 4 points against the Lakers and, on back-to-back weekends, he totaled nine points in two games. In the national championships, Lambert scored four goals in two games for the Orange and earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-Tournament team.As Lambert’s time on the ice increased, so did his teammates’ respect and confidence.“When he got his shot to get back in the lineup, he ran with it,” VanRaamsdonk said. “At the end of last year, he was probably one of our best players.“He’s a core part of our team.” Commentslast_img read more