Wang Quanzhang is a lawyer. He spent four and a half years in jail for doing his job. It says a lot about the state of the rule of law in China when even lawyers are persecuted for representing victims. He is no exception. In a nationwide operation in summer 2015, the Chinese authorities rounded up more than 200 lawyers and dissidents. For three years, Wang's wife Li Wenzu knew nothing about his fate; their son had to grow up without a father. Yet, Li Wenzu's spirit was unbroken. She herself became an activist. Watch video 03:23 Share '709 Crackdown' five years on Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3f0ix China: Freed human rights lawyer tries to rebuild his life Long-term coverage DW's China correspondent Mathias Bölinger accompanied this courageous woman's battle for four years. Their many encounters provided the … [Read more...] about DW reporters in China: Documenting the erosion of fundamental rights
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Dozens of armed groups have operated for years in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu and Ituri provinces, and civilians have been subjected to horrifying massacres. Armed militias and inter-communal violence have killed more than 300 people so far in 2021. Presidential spokesman Tharsice Kasongo Mwema said on Tuesday that the two provinces would be declared under siege for 30 days starting on Thursday May 6. "To respond to the situation during the state of siege, the provincial governments of Ituri and North Kivu ... will be replaced by offices of the armed forces of the DRC or the national police," he said. Security and judicial vacuum It was the first time since the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence that a president used the exceptional "state of siege" or state of emergency. President Felix Tshisekedi said he wanted to eliminate insecurity in the two provinces, where the Congolese government has failed to enforce the rule of law. "There is a … [Read more...] about DRC: Is President Tshisekedi’s ‘state of siege’ a cover-up?
Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now Voting in today's crucial 'Super Thursday' elections is entering its crucial final few hours before polls close at 10pm. Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson were among those casting their ballots early on Thursday. They have been followed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his Tory rival Shaun Bailey. Polls close at 10pm in what is Starmer's first major test as Labour leader, with supporters eager to see progress is being made after the disastrous defeat in the 2019 General Election under his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. Labour Party hope to make gains on councils, retain power in the Welsh Senedd and hold on to the stronghold of Hartlepool in a crunch parliamentary by-election. There is a lot at stake in Scotland, where the SNP are battling to achieve a majority in the Scottish Parliament - something Nicola Sturgeon believes will … [Read more...] about Local elections 2021 LIVE: Super Thursday voting enters final hours before polls close
On a trip to Moscow at the end of April, the state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer , announced plans for Germany to purchase 30 million doses of the Russian COVID vaccine Sputnik V to be delivered in 10 million installments over the summer. This announcement sent out ripples of surprise when it came from a state premier and not a federal official. Once back in Germany Kretschmer soon backpedaled stating that he had not signed an agreement and only the federal government could order vaccines abroad. Michael Kretschmer, member of Angela Merkel's CDU and premier of Germany's eastern state of Saxony made big announcements in Moscow But for months, German state premiers have been pushing for access to the Russian vaccine. That mounting pressure led Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn to announce negotiations with Russia over purchasing Sputnik V at the beginning of April. The idea of opening unilateral negotiations with Russia seemed to mark a major reversal after Spahn … [Read more...] about Germany, Russia and the Sputnik V vaccine — a tale of soft power
John Bercow pulled no punches on Question Time with withering criticism of the Tories that left minister Robert Jenrick speechless. The former speaker was savage as he laid into the 'juvenile' government's response in Jersey and its 'ineptitude' in handling the Covid pandemic. He repeatedly "schooled" housing minister Mr Jenrick during fierce exchanges on the BBC's flagship Question Time programme. In one feisty slap down during a discussion on Brexit Mr Jenrick said: "John obviously sat in the chair using every device and opportunity to make it [Brexit] difficult." Mr Bercow snapped back: "It's called standing up for the rights of the democratic legislature, Robert. I'll introduce you to the concept. "A tutorial would be of great advantage to members of her majesty's government." After a stunned silence host Fiona Bruce appeared to come to the rescue and said: "Some people are applauding it, some people are shaking their heads", referring to the programme's virtual … [Read more...] about Question Time: John Bercow’s withering slapdowns leave Tory Robert Jenrick speechless