Political Repression

Myanmar prison art tells story of repression

 Myanmar artist Htein Lin in front of one of his paintings during an exhibition in Yangon. Photo: AFP

Painted on scraps of clothing with carved soap, cigarette lighters and even syringes, Htein Lin’s artworks were his lifeline during years in Myanmar jails -- and the spark for an extraordinary love story.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 1:01pm

Crackdown fuelling self-immolations, International Campaign for Tibet says

Tibetan monks at a sit-in in India yesterday to push for freedom in their homeland. The rally came a day after a nun, the first woman to do so, self-immolated against harsh Chinese rule. Photo: AFP

A security crackdown in Tibetan-inhabited areas is fuelling self-immolations in protest at the central government's rule that have claimed dozens of lives, an advocacy group said yesterday.

Three self-immolations have occurred since Thursday, according to the International Campaign for Tibet - two in the northwestern province of Qinghai and one in neighbouring Gansu .

26 Nov 2012 - 4:59am

Police 'too busy' to help families as abduction-murders soar

Marina Kuzmina, 20, stared blankly at the cafe table, her hands cupped tight around a mug of tea. 'Sometimes I still can't believe Irina is gone,' she said in a whisper. 'Together we were like one whole person.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Opposition demands probe into Malaysian police threat

Opposition lawmakers are demanding an inquiry into a threat by police to let crime soar, among other actions, if the government persists in setting up an oversight commission to check human rights abuse in the force.

Police have also warned they will enforce a work-to-rule campaign and threatened en-masse resignations if the commission is set up.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Finger of suspicion?

Under new anti-terrorism regulations in Japan, every foreign visitor will be photographed and fingerprinted. Amnesty International says the move is an erosion of human rights. What do you think? Write to us

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

July 1 marchers file policing complaint

Six protesters who took part in the 500,000-strong demonstration on July 1 yesterday lodged a formal complaint against police, claiming excessive force was used to push them on to a pavement as the march came to a close.

Among the complainants was Olivia Tam Oi-kwan, 23, who was taken to Central police station and given a warning before sent home at around 11pm.

31 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Many innocent people will die if America bombs Afghanistan

I am surprised at the one-sidedness of the press coverage of the World Trade Centre attack.

20 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

US citizens facing new and dreadful reality

The attack on the World Trade Centre seemed more unbelievable than anything created in a work of fiction or a film.

However, it was very real and the intention was clear - to waken innocent Americans to the fact that they are in clear and present danger from terrorism.

14 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Pressure point

The timing was insensitive, and the decision regrettable. But once the police arrested students who demonstrated without applying for permission, the Department of Justice was handed a dilemma that it is still faced with, even though no charges are being laid against students in the April demonstration on tuition fees.

6 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Time to leave

Alberto Fujimori's bid to seek a third term as president of Peru involved amending the country's constitution and sacking several members of its constitutional court. Although evidence was hard to come by, there was widespread suspicion that it also involved vote-fixing and bribing members of the opposition to ensure his party wielded majority control in Parliament.

18 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Surviving the gulag

In a heart-warming salute to the resilience of the human spirit, Hong Kong's adopted writer Martin Booth tells the story of British citizen Alexander Bayliss, sent to a Russian gulag in the early 1950s after being accused of spying.

24 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Ex-inmate describes labour camp 'hell'

Lives in labour re-education camps are 'worse than in hell', one former prisoner says.

The man, who would not be named because he feared persecution, was sent to a labour camp in Jiangxi province for two years for taking part in the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

30 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Price of terrorism

For the hostages held since December, the end of the siege at the Japanese embassy in Peru is a wonderful and merciful release. For the Peruvian Prime Minister, Alberto Fujimori, it is the end of a diplomatic nightmare.

24 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Crackdown on police abuse

GUANGDONG police will set up a special bureau to handle abuses of power within its ranks, according to Chen Shaoji, chief of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Bureau.

Beijing promulgated the State Compensation Law late last year under which victims of police abuse can seek compensation through legal action.

24 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Police violence comes under official scrutiny

THE Thai police have mounted an investigation into violence within the force after the widely publicised beating of a pregnant woman and the mysterious death of a motorcycle taxi driver.

The latest incidents come at a time when the entire police force is under official scrutiny following the notorious police theft of a Saudi prince's family jewels.

13 Jan 1995 - 12:00am