Chen Guangcheng

Briefs, December 3, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 December, 2012, 6:36am

Court seeks apology over 'fake' jailing news

A Beijing court has asked for an apology from a newspaper that said it jailed 10 "interceptors" who illegally held petitioners attempting to lodge complaints with the central government. The state-run Beijing Youth Daily reported that the 10 were imprisoned after detaining people from Henan complaining about local government abuses. A Chaoyang District Court spokeswoman branded the report "fake news", the China Daily reported. She said "a case involving city officials from Henan had been heard" but denied "judges had handed down any verdict". AFP


Exiled rights lawyer urges reforms under Xi

Rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng appealed for Vice-President Xi Jinping to avoid social unrest with political reforms. In a statement from New York, Chen said Xi needs to promote change to assuage anger against political oppression. Last week, Chen's nephew was sentenced to three years' jail for assault, widely seen as retaliation for Chen's escape from house arrest in April. AP


Ads in British and US dailies claim Diaoyus

The "Citizens for Equitable Peace" placed an ad in the New York Times and The Times of London on Saturday claiming the Diaoyu Islands - called the Senkakus in Japan - belong to China. "We urge the governments of the United States and United Kingdom, joint promulgators of the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation, to respect the terms of these agreements," said the group, composing of organisations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the US. Staff Reporter