A 29-year-old leading monk in recent demonstrations against the Burmese military regime, U Gambira, has been charged with treason by the junta, according to his family.
Student leader Mi Mi was arrested on Oct. 13. She is 35, holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology, and has two children aged 12 and 16. Her husband is also a youth member of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).
Gao Qinsheng is the mother of jailed Chinese journalist Shi Tao, whose conviction for "revealing state secrets" was obtained by the national security police after Yahoo! turned over details of Shi's private e-mail account.
Wu Chuntao was born in the southern Chinese province of Hunan in 1963. She has co-authored with her husband, Chen Guidi, The Situation of China’s Peasants , which shook the urban middle classes of China and exposed the massive corruption and hardship faced by the country’s 900 million peasants.
Retired gynecologist Gao Yaojie has struggled to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS infection routes, particularly in the central Chinese province of Henan, where she says blood-selling is still rife in poverty-stricken rural communities.
What makes a North Korean of relatively privileged status leave her home country and strike out into the unknown?