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Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Chinese dissident on trial after using Skype to send poem

Jan. 31, 2012
By Chris Buckley

Chinese prosecutors cited a poem and messages sent on Skype against a dissident who stood trial on Tuesday, his son and his lawyer said, in the latest case highlighting the Communist Party’s drive to silence political challengers.

Veteran activist Zhu Yufu faced trial in the prosperous eastern city of Hangzhou, where police arrested him in April and charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” his lawyer, Li Dunyong, said.

The court did not deliver its verdict straight away. But Zhu, who turns 59 in February, appears likely to follow other Chinese dissidents who have received stiff prison terms from the party-run judiciary on subversion charges, which are often used to punish ardent advocates of democratic change.

In Zhu’s case, the prosecutors cited his poem, “It’s time,” as well as text messages that he sent using the Skype online chat service, said Li.

There was no suggestion that Skype helped police to collect evidence, he told Reuters by telephone.

“They took his computer away from his home and went through it,” he said of the Hangzhou police.

“His Internet contacts and password were saved on it, with automatic access, and when the police accessed it they could open the records of text messages saved on Skype. He had not erased the records.”

Skype’s online telephone and messaging service has become popular among Chinese activists as a cheap and relatively secure way to communicate.

Zhu’s wife, Jiang Hangli, told Reuters that she feared that he could join other dissidents recently given prison terms of nine years and longer for subversion. Chinese courts rarely find in favor of defendants.

“I hope he won’t face trouble, but that’s a wish. I don’t think that they’ll let him off lightly,” Jiang said in a telephone interview before the trial.

China’s Communist leaders are steeling for a leadership handover late this year, and their long-standing determination to stifle political challenges is likely to deepen. The government is also trying to quell flare-ups of protest in Tibetan areas in the country’s west.

Beijing has rejected criticism that Chinese human rights conditions have worsened, especially since 2010, when authorities cracked down out of fear that anti-authoritarian upheavals across the Arab world could trigger unrest in China.

Like two dissidents given sentences of 10 and nine years in December, Zhu was jailed before for his pro-democracy activism, making it more likely that he too will get a heavy sentence. He was jailed in 1999 for seven years and in 2007 for two years, said the Chinese Human Rights Defenders. 

Full Article Here – http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-china-dissident-idUSTRE80U0BJ20120131

No kidney transplant for dying East Bay dad who is illegal immigrant

Contra Costa
Jan. 31, 2012
By Hannah Dreier

Without a new kidney, Jesus Navarro will die.

The Oakland man has a willing donor and private insurance to pay for the transplant. But he faces what may be an insurmountable hurdle in the race to save his life: He is an illegal immigrant.

Administrators at UC San Francisco Medical Center are refusing to transplant a kidney from Navarro’s wife, saying there is no guarantee he will receive adequate follow-up care, given his uncertain status.

Their decision is a stark illustration of the tension between health care and immigration policies in the state and underscores the difficult role medical professionals play in trying to save the lives of undocumented residents.

Though no data are available, anecdotal evidence suggests clinics sometimes perform organ transplants on illegal immigrants, especially when the patients are young. In one high-profile case, UCLA Medical Center gave an undocumented woman three liver transplants before she turned 21.

But health administrators also reject patients because of their immigration status, though that usually happens when the patients lack insurance. Bellevue Hospital in New York attracted attention last year when it refused to transplant a kidney between brothers because they could not pay for the operation.

It is the kind of ethical gray area that hospitals hate, said University of Pennsylvania bioethics professor Arthur Caplan.

Full Article Here – http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/01/ucsf_denies_kidney_to_undocumented_father.html

Judge: Occupy DC Must Get Notice Before Eviction

Associated Press
Jan. 31, 2012
By Eric Tucker

A federal judge said Tuesday that the U.S. government must notify Occupy DC protesters if it intends to evict them from a downtown Washington park and remove their tents and other belongings.

The decision from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg means the protesters, part of one of the last major Occupy encampments, would have an opportunity to challenge any eviction beforehand.

Officials have not said when or if they will clear the park of protesters, though a lawyer for the federal government said in court Tuesday that she was unaware of any imminent plans to do so.

The judge’s ruling came in a response to a request filed before the National Park Service on Monday began enforcing a ban on camping at the site, McPherson Square. Though protesters seemed prepared for a confrontation on Monday, the U.S. Park Police did not forcibly clear the park and have instead pointed to written reminders that camping with blankets, pillows and other bedding materials is prohibited on the grounds.

Some demonstrators have left, but a few dozen others remain.

The park service oversees the federally owned land where protesters have gathered. The agency contends that protesters are allowed to maintain 24-hour-long vigils on its grounds, just not camp there.

Full Article Here – http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/occupy-dc-stave-off-eviction-court-15479368#.TyjGqNXSifY