East Asia

China: Campaign to Free Blind Human Rights Activist

Written by Oiwan Lam

Since his release from prison on September 8, 2010, blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has been held under 24 hour home surveillance by security police in Shandong, a province in eastern China.

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Southeast Asia: Review of 2010

China: Messages behind the flowers to the Shanghai fire victims

By Oiwan Lam

Yesterday, thousands of mourners in Shanghai flocked to the 28-storey apartment block that was gutted by a tragic fire on November 15 to pay their respects for the 58 residents who perished. Much of China's headlines today focus on the collective mourning, but few have highlighted the messages behind citizens' insistence in offering flowers at the disaster site.

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