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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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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)