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China Jails Women’s Rights Campaigner After ‘Torture’ in Detention

Women's rights campaigner was for her support of campaigns for the rights of women and children, as her brother revealed that she was tortured and mistreated while in police detention

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October 3, 2016: Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu on Thursday jailed a feminist activist for her support of campaigns for the rights of women and children, as her brother revealed that she was tortured and mistreated while in police detention.

Shan Lihua was handed a two-year and three-month prison sentence by the Gangzha District People’s Court in Jiangsu’s Nantong city, which found her guilty of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” her brother told RFA.

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The indictment against her cited her “concern” over the 2013 rapes of schoolgirls in the southern island province of Hainan by a headteacher and a deputy principal and in the detention and beating of rights activist Ye Haiyan who launched an online protest against child sex abuse.

Perhaps more tellingly, it listed her photographing of “excessive food consumption” by officials in her home district of Gangzha as another form of alleged troublemaking.

Shan protested her innocence in court before being led away, saying it ran counter to the emphasis of “rule of law” under President Xi Jinping, defense lawyer Zhang Chengmao told RFA.

He said Shan had already indicated she would appeal during their last meeting before the sentencing.

“She says she’s innocent, and she’s going to appeal because the court found her guilty,” Zhang said.

Shan’s brother Shan Ronghua said his sister was beaten “until she couldn’t stand” while in the local police-run detention center, and left lying on a concrete floor with no water to drink. She was also subjected to verbal abuse and humiliation, he said.

‘A bunch of total thugs’

He said Shan had shouted out as she was being hastily removed from the court chamber: “You are a bunch of total thugs, who will be shamed by history. Everything you do is inhuman!”

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“Then she was dragged out,” he said.

Shan Ronghua said security outside the court buildings was tight on the morning of the sentencing hearing, which lasted around 10 minutes.

“There were 36 seats in the courtroom, with 30 of them taken up by government officials,” he said. “There were secret police outside the court and police cars at nearby intersections.”

Fellow rights activist Ding Hongfen said Shan is innocent.

“Everything she did was in the public interest, in the hope of monitoring corruption in the judiciary and law-enforcement,” Ding said. “She was also involved in educating ordinary people about the law.”

Ding said nothing listed in the indictment amounts to a crime under Chinese law.

“Everything she ever did was good, but we have an appalling situation when it comes to the rule of law in China … and it’s always the innocent who suffer, not the real criminals.”

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Since he became president in 2013, Xi has launched a nationwide crackdown on official corruption, warning members of the ruling Chinese Communist Party to cut out conspicuous wining and dining on public funds.

But his insistence on the “rule of law” came as state security police unleashed an unprecedented campaign against the Chinese legal profession, detaining lawyers and rights activists in large numbers and issuing ever tighter restrictions on their professional role.(BBG Direct)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?