Shanghai, China: 60 Housing Rights Activists Detained outside UN Meeting / Shanghai, Chine : 60 militants du droit au logement en détention en marge de réunion d`ONU

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Shanghai, China: 60 Housing Rights Activists Detained outside UN Meeting / Shanghai, Chine : 60 militants du droit au logement en détention en marge de réunion d`ONU
By: English/français
05 December 2005
 

Around sixty activists were detained by the police this morning in front of the Oriental Pearl building in Shanghai after they attempted to deliver a letter to United Nations officials attending the UN Global Compact Summit taking place nearby. Around 40 are still believed to be detained at Century Plaza police station in Pudong, Shanghai. The twenty others have reportedly been taken back to their home districts by local district officials. Their current legal status is unclear.

Among others attending the UN Global Compact meeting was Irene Khan from Amnesty International Secretary General, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth, and Mary Robinson, the President of Realizing

Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"To detain activists simply for trying to pass a letter to the United Nations is a violation of their right to peacefully express their grievances. They should be released immediately and unconditionally," the three representatives said in a joint statement. "These detentions also contravene the spirit of the UN Global Compact which is a forum for open dialogue on promotion of human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and other concerns by businesses and NGOs," they added.

The letter, addressed to Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, reportedly listed grievances by housing rights activists in Shanghai, including allegations against the local authorities and police of human rights abuses, including ill-treatment, arbitrary detention and imprisonment of fellow housing activists. It requested that Kofi Annan raises these concerns directly with the central Chinese authorities.

These detentions follow a pattern of arrests of activists and petitioners in China, attempting to draw attention to various grievances including alleged forced evictions and land grabs in the context of China’s economic reforms.

For further information,

Please contact Mark Allison on (+852) 9267 2116 in Shanghai or Chine Chan

(+852) 9807 8340 in Hong Kong.

http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGASA170422005

http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGASA170422005

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Ce jeudi 1er décembre au matin, devant l’Oriental Pearl à Shanghai, les forces de police ont interpellé une soixantaine de militants qui tentaient de remettre une lettre aux représentants des Nations unies prenant part au sommet du Pacte Mondial qui se tenait non loin de là. Une quarantaine seraient encore maintenus en détention au poste de police de Century Plaza, dans le quartier de Pudong, à Shanghai. Les vingt autres auraient été reconduits dans leurs districts par des agents de district locaux. Leur situation au regard de la loi demeure floue.

Parmi les participants au sommet du Pacte Mondial figuraient Irene Khan, secrétaire générale d’Amnesty International, Kenneth Roth, directeur exécutif de Human Rights Watch, et Mary Robinson, présidente de Realizing Rights : the Ethical Globalization Initiative et ancienne haut-commissaire aux droits de l’homme.

« Placer en détention des militants uniquement parce qu’ils ont tenté de remettre une lettre aux Nations unies constitue une violation de leur droit à exprimer pacifiquement leurs doléances. Ils doivent être libérés immédiatement et sans condition, ont fait valoir les trois représentants dans une déclaration conjointe. En outre, ces interpellations vont à l’

encontre de l’esprit du sommet du Pacte Mondial, forum de discussion ouvert sur la promotion des droits humains, les droits du travail, la protection de l’environnement et d’autres questions intéressant l

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