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Has the bubble also burst on Chinese authoritarianism?

The titans of international finance have decreed that China's economic bubble was bound to burst because of unrealistic inflation of share values and property prices coupled with declining exports. Let's see if global gurus can also decipher that it is the very autocratic system they have venerated which is unsustainable.

UK Government spying on Amnesty International threatens human rights defenders

Front Line Defenders Deputy Director Andrew Anderson analyses the implications of UK Government spying on Amnesty International.

The revelation that the UK Government has been systematically spying on the electronic communications of Amnesty International has thrown into sharp focus the need for a strong and effective system to monitor and regulate electronic surveillance by governments. The surveillance of Amnesty was not only illegal but puts at risk human rights activists around the world who are in touch with the organisation.

Lawyers face assaults amid China’s crackdown on human rights defenders

Andrew Anderson is the Deputy Director at Front Line Defenders. This blog was originally published in The Irish Times on Sunday, 7 June 2015.

The Chinese leadership emphasises the importance of the rule of law while simultaneously subjecting those defending it to outrageous abuses. In the past six months lawyers have been assaulted outside courthouses by mobs and inside courthouses by state officials, all part of a concerted crackdown on human rights defenders.

14 March, marks a year to the day since Chinese human rights defender Cao Shunli died in custody in Beijing.

Cao Shunli was detained in Beijing in September 2013 as she attempted to travel to Geneva to participate in a training on UN human rights mechanisms. In the 52 weeks which have passed since her death, not one Chinese official has been publicly held accountable for her arrest, her treatment in detention, or the continued refusal by state security agents to allow her to receive medical attention despite her rapidly worsening health.

Who subverts the rule of law in China?

Apparently China's Communist Party apparatchik's are being told to switch their tinted glass Audis for more domestic models. Even the powerful have to look nervously over their shoulders, particularly as Xi Jinping continues his anti-corruption campaign. But you still have to wonder at how it is possible that a 74 year old human rights defender with slogans painted on sheets has been able to “destabilise and subvert” their rule.

Новая абсурдная инициатива МВД РФ

МВД России готово заплатить 3,9 млн рублей (около 65 000 фунтов-стерлингов) за возможность идентифицировать пользователей сети Tor, которая позволяет анонимно просматривать Интернет. Это еще одна, доходящая до абсурда, попытка контролировать доступ к независимой информации.

The Russian Interior Ministry is almost beyond parody

The news that the Russian Interior Ministry is offering a £65,000 prize for a way to identify individuals using the Tor network to browse the internet anonymously is almost beyond parody. It is the latest attempt to control access to independent information.

Outrageous propaganda and inconvenient truths

In a recent article in the respected Middle East web publication Al Monitor, Sarah Bin Ashoor published an article on Bahrain which severely distorted the facts of the situation. Front Line Defenders Deputy Director Andrew Anderson challenges her inaccurate version of events and sets the record straight.

Happy New Year Abdulhadi

In Scotland we have a tradition of coming together to celebrate Hogmanay. It is a time to celebrate friendship, for Auld Lang Syne, and to think of our hopes and resolutions for the New Year.

This will be the third New Year that my friend and former colleague Abdulhadi Al Khawaja will celebrate in prison in Bahrain where he is serving a life sentence for speaking out for human rights.