Student leader Wang Dan, jailed for his part in the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, spoke at Amnesty International's headquarters on June 18, 2004. Because of Urgent Action appeals, he said, he was treated much better than other prisoners. He asked AI staff members to thank the Urgent Action Network, and encourage them in their work on behalf of those in prison now.
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China: Detained for Supporting Hong Kong Protests (UA 255/14)
At least 26 people have been detained in Beijing for showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Thirteen people have been accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble".
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.