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China protests on human rights anniversary

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Protestors in China were determined to mark the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. “We have no human rights,” complained dozens of women outside China’s Foreign Ministry. One said she had been repeatedly arrested and sent to a reeducation camp for asking to see the body of her dead son. As they were being taken away against their will, hundreds of Chinese lawyers, writers and academics issued an online appeal for greater freedom.

Elsewhere the date was being marked with pomp and ceremony. Celebrations in Berlin in Germany were led by the Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier. The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said the declaration is needed as much now as it was in 1948.