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Washington Post (December 29)

2014/ 12/ 29 by jd in Global News

In China, rule by law is an “empty promise.” In the years since President Xi Jinping “came to power, hundreds of rights defenders and intellectuals have been thrown into prison for political reasons. Properties have been expropriated or demolished, free speech has been restricted, religion has been suppressed, women have been forced to have abortions, and torture has multiplied. In Xinjiang and Tibet, the authorities have carried out one shocking human rights catastrophe after another. The abuses have never stopped.” The current Government campaign of  “‘governing the country according to law’ is just another attempt by the party to address its crisis of legitimacy. Such slogans may help the party fool people within China and the international community.”

 

New York Times (February 21, 2012)

2012/ 02/ 22 by jd in Global News

Free speech is under assault in Ecuador. Ecuador’s largest newspaper was ordered to pay a $42 million criminal libel judgment by the nation’s highest court. The ruling is the latest in a string of suspicious rulings apparently orchestrated by President Rafael Correa. “The United States and other democracies need to loudly protest Mr. Correa’s assault on a free press and his cynical hijacking of Ecuador’s judicial system.”

 

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