News August 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights lawyer freed on completing three-year jail term Help by sharing this information Organisation China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Repeatedly detained since 2006, Gao Zhisheng remains under close surveillance News News Reporters Without Borders notes that leading human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from Urumqi prison on 7 August on completing a three-year jail sentence for allegedly violating his conditions of release in 2011 after an earlier spell in prison.According to our sources, Gao continues to be closely watched despite his release. Before being sentenced in December 2011, he was successively reported missing, placed under house arrest and then detained in almost complete isolation. “While relieved by Gao’s release, we urge the Chinese authorities to lift all the surveillance to which he is being subjected so that he can fully enjoy his freedom,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.Gao has told his family that he will stay for a while in Urumqi for dental treatment before returning to Shaanxi, the province from which he comes. According to journalists who have contacted his family, Gao and those with him are under close surveillance.He has been in the government’s sights ever since refusing to renew his Communist Party membership in 2005, and has been detained repeatedly since 2006.China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
The Home Office has announced today that Julia Wortley will take over as the Independent Monitor for the disclosure and barring regime for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.She replaces Simon Pountain, whose successful tenure in the role ended on 30 September.Julia Wortley said: “I feel delighted and privileged to be appointed as the new Independent Monitor for the disclosure and barring system.”The independent monitor plays an important role in making sure that the police information disclosed from criminal records checks is appropriate and proportionate, striking the right balance between public protection and the rights of individual applicants.Launched in 2012, the Disclosure and Barring Service issues around 4 million criminal records checks every year. Its disclosure service enables employers and voluntary organisations in England and Wales to make informed recruitment decisions, using information from police records and other sources.The independent monitor provides a fully independent element to the disclosure of police information for enhanced criminal records certificates.
A line of fast-moving storms known as a derecho stretched from the Midwest to the South Carolina coastline leaving three people dead. The extreme weather catastrophe started in Nebraska on Friday and stretched all the way to Charleston by Saturday morning. Kansas City and St. Louis are a couple cities facing extreme winds and heavy rain. Some social media users posted photos of the clouds.My sister took this picture just now headed northbound near Mound City, MO. Impressive shelf cloud! #mowx @NWSKansasCity @NickBenderKMBC @StormHour @spann pic.twitter.com/FtX1mTFiBy— Andy Ward (@andywardemt) June 21, 2019 At least three people have died after a derecho sped through the Midwest Friday causing damage for more than 1,000 miles. In Kentucky, a man identified as 38-year-old Michael Birge was killed when a tree fell on his pick-up truck. In Illinois, a 48-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle and Levi Mayberry, 22, was killed when a tree fell on the boat Mayberry was driving while traveling downstream in a river north of Van Buren, Missouri. There’s been several other injuries related to the severe storms.