Cisco Sued For Helping China Build Golden Shield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement have filed a lawsuit against Cisco Systems Inc. accusing it of supplying the Chinese government with computer-networking equipment used to spy on and persecute dissidents. In a lawsuit filed last week, a group of Falun Gong practitioners...

China sentences activist to 10 years over writings

BEIJING (AP) - A court has sentenced a democracy activist in central China to 10 years' imprisonment for subversion, a family member said Thursday. It's the third lengthy jail term handed down to a dissident in less than a month. Li Tie was sentenced by a court in Wuhan city to Full version...

Chinese dissident sentenced to 7 years over poem

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese court has sentenced a dissident writer to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather at a public square, a human rights group said Friday. The hefty sentence comes ahead of next week's Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Germany: Belarus blocks rights official's visit

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's human rights commissioner says Belarus has blocked his plans to visit the country and meet with a jailed human rights activist. Markus Loening said he also wanted to give authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a letter from Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Chinese police may have power to disappear people

BEIJING (AP) - China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion and some dread over whether the government is about to give police the legal authority to disappear people. At issue is an amendment to the criminal procedure law that would allow police to Full version (available...

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of papal visit

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities detained a prominent dissident and dozens of her colleagues early Sunday, then rounded up more activists while they staged a weekly protest march through Havana. Police took away Bertha Soler and Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Fang Lizhi, who inspired Chinese dissidents, dies

BEIJING (AP) - Fang Lizhi, one of China's best-known dissidents whose speeches inspired student protesters throughout the 1980s, has died in the United States, where he fled after China's 1989 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. He was 76. Once China's leading astrophysicist...

Amnesty: Saudi activist sentenced to 4 years

RIYADH Saudi Arabia (AP) - Amnesty International says a Saudi Arabian court has convicted a prominent rights activist of anti-state crimes and sentenced him to four years in prison. The London-based group says activist Mohammed al-Bajady was tried in secret. He was Full version (available to lexis...

Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident

BEIJING (AP) - U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Anti-regime protests sweep Sudan's capital

CAIRO (AP) - Riot police fired tear gas and civilians armed with machetes and swords attacked protesters during five days of demonstrations sweeping Khartoum demanding ouster of Sudan's autocratic ruler, a Sudanese opposition leader said Thursday. Saata Ahmed al-Haj, head of the opposition Sudanese...

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei barred from court

BEIJING (AP) - Police barred artist Ai Weiwei from a hearing on his company's lawsuit against Beijing tax authorites and blocked filming at the courthouse Wednesday as part of an intimidation campaign against the outspoken government critic. Ai told reporters that police had ordered him to Full...

Chinese housing activist cleared of fraud

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese appeals court Friday threw out a fraud conviction against a rights activist who has fought on behalf of people forcibly evicted from their homes, but it upheld a separate conviction against Ni Yulan for causing Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Date set for Kazakhstan opposition leader's trial

ALMATY Kazakhstan (AP) - Supporters of Kazakhstan opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov said Saturday that his trial on charges of seeking to overthrow the Central Asian nation's government is set to begin next week. Kozlov's wife, Aliya Turusbekova, said that she believed authorities would seek...

Critic of Jordan's king faces possible prosecution

AMMAN Jordan (AP) - Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi said Wednesday that he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed he will fight back. The Amman general prosecutor...

Bahrain activist jailed for 3 years

MANAMA Bahrain (AP) - A prominent Bahraini human rights activist was found guilty Thursday of instigating and participating in several illegal gatherings and sentenced to three years in jail. The unexpectedly stiff sentence against Nabeel Rajab will raise Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Lawyer: Bahrain overturns activist's Twitter case

MANAMA Bahrain (AP) - A Bahrain judge on Thursday overturned a conviction against a prominent human rights campaigner for posting alleged anti-government comments on social media, but the activist remained jailed while appealing another prison sentence. The decision shifts the focus among Full version...

Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike

HAVANA (AP) - A prominent Cuban dissident completed her first week on a hunger strike with supporters saying her condition is worsening each day and they fear she might die. Pro-government bloggers, meanwhile, denounced the strike as a sham. Martha Beatriz Roque, a 67-year-old, state-trained economist...

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez freed from detention

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban authorities released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she traveled for a Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Opposition leader sentenced to 8 years in Rwanda

KIGALI Rwanda (AP) - A Rwandan court sentenced the country's top opposition political leader to eight years in prison on Tuesday for treason and on a charge stemming from this central African nation's murderous ethnic attacks 18 years ago genocide denial. The opposition leader, Victoire Ingabire...

Iranian dissidents win 2012 Sakharov prize

STRASBOURG France (AP) - Two Iranian dissidents a lawyer and a film director were awarded the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The European Parliament awarded the prize Friday to Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi. Martin Schulz, the president of Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

China hauls away activists in congress crackdown

BEIJING (AP) - During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her to a police station. She assumed a fake identity...

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full version...

Cuban dissidents denounce threats

HAVANA (AP) - A leading Cuban opposition figure said Thursday that he and another dissident were threatened, and in one case attacked, by people they took to be intelligence agents in separate incidents on the same day. Elizardo Sanchez said two plainclothes officials Full version (available to...