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News from the Rafto House in Bergen - 2005

Image: Employees of Rebyia Kadeer freed after seven months in prison

Employees of Rebyia Kadeer freed after seven months in prison

Ruzi Mamat and and Aysham Kerim were released on December 14th , and allowed to return home after having been imprisoned since May 11th. Rafto Laureate Rebyia Kadeer had to leave behind several family members and a number of  employees when she was released and allowed to settle in the United States. She said that her guards threatend her; that if she was to associate with Uyghur exiles her children 'would be finished'. (28-DEC-2005) 28 Dec 2005 »

Image: 1.200 North Koreans defect to south in first eleven months

1.200 North Koreans defect to south in first eleven months

In an article published on December 11, 2005, Korea Times reports that more than 1.200 North Koreans defected to South Korea in the first 11 months of the year to flee the poverty-stricken communist country. The source of information was the Unification Ministry. (16-DEC-2005) 16 Dec 2005 »

Image: Kim Dae-jung wants pragmatic approach to human rights in North Korea

Kim Dae-jung wants pragmatic approach to human rights in North Korea

Former President Kim Dae-jung has stressed human rights conditions in North Korea could be improved through economic cooperation and cultural exchanges on a gradual basis, warning that any forcible and arbitrary outside move to change the human rights situation in the North would not be successful. Kim Dae-jung was awarded the Rafto Prize for human rights in 2000. (16-DEC-2005) 16 Dec 2005 »

Image: Report shows torture in Burma

Report shows torture in Burma

On December 9 three members of the Burmese organisation «Assistance Association for Political Prisoners» (AAPP) released the report “The Darkness We See: Torture in Burma's Interrogation Centers and Prisons" at a press conference in the Rafto House, Bergen. Cho Cho, Kyaw Maung and Kaythi Aye Bergen told their own stories of political imprisonment. 82 year old Mr. Bjørn Simonnæs was also invited to draw a historic line between his own experiences as a prisoner of war during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Norway 60 years ago to the systematic torture of political prisoners in Burma today.  (16-DEC-2005) 16 Dec 2005 »

Chinese court jails Uyghur editor for publishing veiled dissent

Chinese authorities have jailed the chief editor of the Kashgar Literature Journal for publishing a fable they regard as a veiled indictment of China’s heavy-handed rule in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has learned. The author of the story is already serving a 10-year jail term for inciting separatism. 10 Nov 2005 »

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