Thousands of Pakistanis Attend the Cemetery of Leading Human Rights Activist

Thousands of Pakistanis crowded the streets of Lahore city on Tuesday (13/2) to bid farewell to one of the country's most prominent human rights activists, who died of a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 66. [19659002] Friends, family, politicians and human rights activists were among those who attended the Asma Jahangir funeral ceremony at the city's Gadhafi Stadium.

Jahangir is one of the founders of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission, a body that highlights human rights abuses throughout the country. He also serves as the UN special rapporteur on human rights issues. On his website, the international body praised Jahangir for his "contribution to human rights", which earned him numerous awards from home and abroad.

The US State Department said Tuesday that – along with Pakistan and other countries – the departure of democracy and human rights activists. [em/jm]

China's Leading Human Rights Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

A prominent Chinese human rights activist has been sentenced to eight years in prison on subversion charges.

Wu Gan, a blogger who used the pseudonym "Super Vulgar Butcher", was sentenced on Tuesday No. 2 Intermediate People's Court Tianjin in Beijing.

Wu, who was arrested in May of 2015 in southeastern China, became notorious for mocking Chinese political officials in a long-standing campaign against corruption and abuse of authority. The court ruled that Wu was trying to "overthrow state power and socialist rule" through some criminal acts, including spreading false information and insulting people through the media online .

Wu Gan, one of hundreds of rights activists and lawyers who was captured in a massive government crackdown against criticism called "Action 709" which began in earnest in July 2015. Wu's lawyer said his client would appeal. [gp]