john kamm

China’s world standing takes a battering – Mary-Anne Toy

From The Age (link): China’s international standing is almost as bad as it was after Tiananmen Square, a leading human rights monitor has warned. Following media crackdowns and the virtual end of early release for political prisoners, John Kamm, one of a few human rights monitors whom Beijing deals with, yesterday called on President Hu […]

A list aids China’s political prisoners – Robert Marquand

From the Christian Science Monitor, via ABC News: In prisons across China, inmates languish for committing “political crime” – anything from starting an illegal newspaper, trade union, or unofficial religious church, or speaking a democracy slogan in public. China is not a liberal state with tolerant laws, as its leaders agree. President Bush, showing solidarity […]

‘Irrational’ fear of revolution brings tighter controls, says activist – Daniel Kwan

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: The Chinese leadership has developed an “irrational fear” of so-called colour revolutions, leading to a tightening of controls over political freedom, human rights activist John Kamm said yesterday. Mr. Kamm made the remark at a wide-ranging talk organised by the Asia Society in Hong Kong, during […]

Bush China visit may not bring prisoner release – Lindsay Beck

From Reuters: China commonly frees political prisoners before major state visits, but a human rights activist said on Friday changing attitudes meant there may be no releases ahead of U.S. President George W. Bush’s November trip. The releases are seen as giving Beijing bargaining power before visits as a gesture of goodwill, but John Kamm, […]



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