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On 2 February in Asian history

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

ON 2 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 2, 2019

1421: Ming Dynasty officially moved the capital to Beijing
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1174.html

1580: Death of Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese daimyo, born in 1558
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Bessho_Nagaharu

1820: Death of Gia Long, Emperor of Vietnam since 1802, born on February 8, 1762
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia_Long

1848: First ship load of Chinese arrive in San Francisco

1861: St Théophane Vénard (one of Vietnamese Martyrs) is beheaded
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9ophane_V%C3%A9nard
http://www.voith-usa.com/SemPix/PixVenard/Venard_Theophane/index.html

1868: Pro-Imperial forces capture Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Osaka_castle

1895: Birth of Chen Cheng-po, Taiwanese painter, killed on March 25, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Cheng-po
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Chen+Cheng-po&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=CZspT93_EMnZ0QH1-9XFAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

Chen_Cheng_po

1899: The National Citizen’s Army is founded by the Malolos Republic
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/911/today-in-philippine-history-february-2-1899-the-national-citizens-army-was-founded-under-the-malolos-republic

1915: Birth of Khushwant Singh, Indian journalist and author who died on March 20, 2014
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/khushwant-singh.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khushwant_Singh

1916: Birth of Vietnamese poet Xuan Dieu who died on December 18, 1985
http://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/282097/vietnamese-king-of-love-poetry-xuan-dieu-seen-as-a-pioneer.html#qsBGXzjt3UAjTmIh.97
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu%C3%A2n_Di%E1%BB%87u

Xuan Dieu 3

1917: Birth of Do Muoi, ex General Secretary of the Communist party of Vietnam (1991-1997)
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Nguyen_Van_Linh.aspx
http://everything.explained.today/Do_Muoi/

1933: Birth of Than Shwe, president of Myanmar State peace and Development Council since April 23, 1992 to March 30, 2011
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/ProfThanShwe.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Than_Shwe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6YPsycc6Lc

1934: Birth of Khalil Ullah Khan, Bangladeshi actor who died on December 7, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalil_Ullah_Khan

1937: Koki Hirota, Japanese Prime Minister since March 1936 is replaced by Senjuro Hayashi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dki_Hirota
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senj%C5%ABr%C5%8D_Hayashi

1942: The Philippine capital of Manila is captured by Japanese forces
http://corregidor.org/_morton/html/lm_04_05.htm

1942-01-02 Les Japonais entrent dans Manille

1946: Birth of Jang Sung-taek, North Korean politician, executed on December 12, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_Sung-taek
 Jang Sung-taek

1947: Birth of Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukio_Hatoyama

1948: Signature of an Treaty of Amity between USA and India

1952: Birth of Park Geun-hye, South Korean politician, elected president on December 19, 2012, inpeached on March 10, 2017
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Geun-hye
http://www.biography.com/people/park-geun-hye-21145475#south-koreas-first-female-presiden
http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

1953: US President Eisenhower announces the withdrawal of US navy and the end of the neutralization of Taiwan

1957: President Iskander Mirza of Pakistan lays the foundation-stone of the Guddu barrage across river Indus neer Sukkur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guddu_Barrage

1958: The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee launches the “Great Leap Forward ». 45 millions will die
http://chineseposters.net/themes/great-leap-forward.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/opinion/16iht-eddikotter16.html

1958 Grand Bond

1963 : Birth of Arvind Gaur, Indian theatre director
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arvind_Gaur
https://sites.google.com/site/asmitatheatre/Home/about-director

1966: Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pakistan ministerial talks after 1965 war
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1965

1974: Khmer Rouges bomb Phnom-Penh, making 17 dead

1979: Birth of Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamita_Shetty

1980: Birth of Zhang Jingchu, Chinese actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/03/25/zhang-jingchu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Z73AIwaQ8

1984: Birth of Renn Kiriyama, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renn_Kiriyama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lh5WdsE8fg

1986: The Dalai Lama meets with Pope John Paul II in India
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/03/world/pope-meets-dalai-lama-and-cites-spirituality-of-east.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8474137/Pope-John-Paul-II-in-pictures.html?image=17

1987: After the 1986 People Power Revolution the Philippines, the current constitution is adopted by 76,37% of the voters (in effect on February 11)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution
http://www.lawphil.net/consti/cons1987.html

1989: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/04/world/huge-soviet-convoy-leaves-kabul.html

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

1997: Death of General Qin Jiwei, Chinese Minister of Defence (1988-1992), born in 1914 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-qin-jiwei-1279287.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Jiwei

Qin Jiwei

2007: Death of Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor, born on December 27, 1946
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay_Arora
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Yaadon_ki_Baraat_star_no_more/articleshow/1556188.cms

2009: A protester threws a shoe at Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University and called the Chinese prime minister a « dictator »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7865868.stm

2011: Death of Krishnaswamy Subrahmanyam, India’s greatest strategic affairs expert and the author of its nuclear doctrine
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MB18Df01.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-february-2011-k.-subrahmanyam-strategic-affairs-expert-died

Krishnaswamy Subrahmanyam

2011: Indonesia files terrorism charges against Cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for coordinating and financing an armed training camp in the northern Sumatran province of Aceh
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/asia/03indo.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2013: Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands « at all costs »
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lVkdNZK6bMrg8CNZylNv1M/Japan-PM-vows-to-repel-provocations-amid-island-row.html

2016: Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pope-extends-new-olive-branch-to-china-in-bid-to-mend-ties/article28510552/

2016: Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at 92
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

2018: Maldives court orders release and retrial of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/maldives-court-throws-case-mohamed-nasheed-180201154603414.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/maldives-overturned-conviction-former-president-must-mark-turning-point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/maldives-regime-threatened-exiled-leader-says-will-run-president/


Holidays and observances

Théophane Vénard (one of Vietnamese Martyrs)

Philippines: Constitution Day

 

Human rights in China

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Detained Australian citizen and writer Yang Hengjun’s lawyers blocked from meeting him

Two lawyers appointed by the wife of an Australian citizen detained in China have been denied access to him, with Chinese authorities claiming it is at the detainee’s request
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/lawyers-blocked-from-meeting-detained-australian-citizen-yang-h/10774238
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-blocks-access-to-aust-writer-yang

28 JANUARY 2019

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang sentenced to more than 4 years in prison

Wang was arrested in 2015 as part of a mass incarceration of legal activists. Most of the other activists detained in what’s known as the « 709 crackdown » — for July 9, the date most of them were taken — have since been sentenced or released. Wang was the last to be sentenced
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/28/689238095/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-more-than-4-years-in-prison
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-sentence-human-rights-lawyer-01282019103620.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183872/chinese-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-jailed-41/2-years-709?edition=international

23 JANUARY 2019

China confirms detention of dissident Australian dual national Yang Hengjun

Yang Hengjun, a novelist and former Chinese diplomat, went missing on Saturday after arriving in Guangzhou on a flight from New York
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2183260/australia-looks-dual-national-dissident-and-writer-missing
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/writer-01232019111926.html

18 JANUARY 2019

Grace Meng, wife of Chinese ex-Interpol chief seeks asylum in France

The wife of the former Chinese Interpol chief being held in his home country on corruption charges has applied for asylum in France, media reports said on Friday (Jan 18)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/wife-of-chinese-ex-interpol-chief-seeks-asylum-in-france-reports-11141834
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46919289

15 JANUARY 2019

Detained Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins Franco-German human rights award

The French and German ambassadors to Beijing have granted a human rights award to a detained Chinese lawyer, with his wife picking up the prize on his behalf
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/prize-01152019105135.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/detained-chinese-lawyer-yu-wensheng-wins-franco-german-human-rights-award

28 DECEMBER 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang, blocked from submitting court petition

Police on Friday prevented the wife of prominent Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang from petitioning the Supreme People’s Court against the treatment of her husband, who was put on trial earlier for allegedly “subverting state power”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2179901/wife-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-stopped-delivering-court-petition
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1435402

26 DECEMBER 2018

Secretive trial opens and closes for Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang

Chinese rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, who has been held by the authorities for more than three years, stood trial for subversion on Friday in the northern city of Tianjin, in a process slammed by an international rights group as « a cruel charade. »
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-tried-in-secret-12262018104855.html
https://www.dw.com/en/secretive-trial-opens-and-closes-for-chinese-rights-lawyer-wa

17 DECEMBER 2018

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, wins Human Rights Prize

Li Wenzu, wife of disappeared human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, has been awarded Sweden’s Edelstam Prize for « exceptional courage » in defending human rights, the organizers said
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/258425963/wife-of-detained-human-rights-lawyers-wins-human-rights-prize
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2175687/chinese-709-campaigner-banned-seeing-detained-lawyer-husband

6 NOVEMBER 2018

China says UN criticism of human rights record is ‘politically driven’

China has defended its human rights record after the first UN assessment since 2013 criticised the mass detention of lawyers and the continuing use of internment camps
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/06/china-un-criticism-human-rights-record

24 AUGUST 2018

50 student activists missing in China after police raid

Fifty student activists have gone missing in southern China after police raided an apartment where they had been mobilising support for factory workers demanding union rights
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/24/50-student-activists-missing-in-china-after-police-raid
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2161288/student-activists-disappear-after-police-raid-china

3 AUGUST 2018

Chinese professor Sun Wenguang cut off mid-interview after authorities burst into his house

Speaking with Voice of America from his home in the eastern province of Shandong, retired professor Wenguang Sun was discussing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Africa when security forces cut him off
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/03/asia/china-professor-wenguang-sun-voa-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/02/chinese-dissident-in-his-80s-arrested-at-home-during-live-tv-interview
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45054350

11 JULY 2018

Beijing sentences dissident Qin Yongmin to 13 years in prison

The 64-year-old activist has already served 22 years in prison. The dissident was formally condemned for the first time only in 1998, on charges of having founded the China democracy party. He is a leading exponent of pro-democracy movements. The sentence was announced the day after the release of Liu Xia
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-07112018112618.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/11/asia/qin-yongmin-china-intl/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/11/chinese-democracy-activist-qin-yongmin-sentenced-13-years-subversion/

10 JULY 2018

Liu Xia leaves China for Germany after eight years of house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, left China on Tuesday after growing international pressure for her release from eight years of house arrest, an extrajudicial confinement that took a huge toll on her physical and mental health
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liuxia-germany-07102018100158.html
https://www.dw.com/en/widow-of-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-leaves-china/av-44597845
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44776687
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/liu-xia-wife-late-china-dissident-left-berlin-report-180710052434027.html

5 JULY 2018

Woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping in Shanghai goes missing

Chinese activists are concerned about the fate of a young woman missing since yesterday after she splashed ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Her Twitter account has been deleted and nothing has been heard from her since
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/05/video-concerns-whereabouts-shanghai-woman-splashed-ink-xi-jinping-poster-twitter-account-disappears/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Woman-who-splashed-ink-on-a-poster-of-Xi-Jinping-in-Shanghai-goes-missing-44356.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ink-07052018111115.html

14 MAY 2018

European diplomats banned from visiting Liu Xia

 The Chinese authorities have blocked five European diplomats who wanted to visit Liu Xia, widow of the late dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobao, one of the authors of Charter 08, a manifesto for human rights and democracy in China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/European-diplomats-banned-from-visiting-Liu-Xia–43874.html

3 MAY 2018

Chinese Nobel laureate’s widow ‘ready to die’ in house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, has said she is ready to die in protest at being held under house arrest in China for more than seven years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/chinese-nobel-laureates-widow-ready-to-die-in-house-arrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43985629

11 APRIL 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, under house arrest

The wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer who had nearly completed a 100-km (60-mile) march to highlight her husband’s plight said she had been placed under house arrest on Wednesday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1391039&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes+%28The+Japan+Times%3A+All+Stories%29#.Ws7T0CYh02w
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/-Li-Wenzu-under-house-arrest%3A-%26ldquo%3BIf-you-dare-to-come-out%2C-we%27ll-kill-you%26rdquo%3B-43605.html

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Lawyers pen open letter in protest of professional persecution

Dozens of Chinese lawyers have signed an open letter calling on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to respect their professional rights and release all detained human rights lawyers immediately
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-lawyers-pen-open-letter-in-protest-of-professional-persecution-02152018094213.html

6 FEBRUARY 2018

China says publisher Gui Minhai held under criminal law, amid protests from Sweden

China acknowledged Tuesday that Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was in custody under criminal law, brushing aside Stockholm’s protests after he was seized under the eyes of Swedish diplomats last month
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/06/china-says-publisher-gui-minhai-held-criminal-law-amid-protests-sweden/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-confirms-arrest-bookseller-gui-minhai-180206090723234.html

29 JANUARY 2018

Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng charged with ‘subversion’

Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng has been charged with « inciting subversion of state power, » according to his lawyer. Yu was detained at his apartment two weeks ago after calling for democratic reforms in China
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-charged-with-subversion/a-42351556
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/29/chinese-lawyer-yu-wensheng-held-secret-location-subversion-charges-urging-constitutional-reform/

16 JANUARY 2018

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence

A senior Chinese human rights lawyer and activist, Yu Wensheng, said he has had his licence to practice law revoked, three months after he wrote an open letter criticising President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-says-legal-licence-revoked-1.3357854
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42702731

30 DECEMBER 2017

China launches website to inform on those ‘fabricating information’ about army and communist party

China has announced plans for an anonymous tip-off website that offers rewards to members of the public for reporting those who criticise the ruling communist party or the army
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/china-launches-website-inform-fabricating-information-army-communist/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China jails activist Wu Gan for 8 years for ‘subverting state power’

A human rights activist nicknamed ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ has been jailed in China for eight years for “subversion” – the harshest sentence given in a crackdown on activists that began in the country in 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/26/china-jails-activist-wu-gan-8-years-subverting-state-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/26/china-jails-human-rights-lawyer-known-super-vulgar-butcher/
https://www.voanews.com/a/wu-gan-sentenced-to-8-years-in-chinese-prison/4179270.html

22 DECEMBER 2017

France couple in China unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute

Two artists from France have been unreachable in China after they painted a tribute to the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, sparking concern over their whereabouts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42454865
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171222-Franco-Chinese%20pair%20missing%20after%20Liu%20Xiaobo%20tribute

15 DECEMBER 2017

China hails year of ‘remarkable progress’ in human rights as US and EU warn situation is worsening

A white paper issued by China’s State Council Information Office on Friday lauded « remarkable progress » in the law-based protection of human rights over the past five years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124561/china-hails-year-remarkable-progress-human-rights-us
https://search.chinadailyasia.com/articles/165/9/61/1513330628857.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255748947/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls

21 NOVEMBER 2017

China jails prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 2 years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict passed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism that has drawn widespread international criticism
http://www.dw.com/en/jiang-tianyong-chinese-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison/a-41460569
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong-condemned-to-two-years-prison-for-‘subversion’–42373.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/121/26/24/1511257246675.html

20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

10 OCTOBER 2017

 In China, Scholars Are Being Punished Amid Growing Squeeze On Public Expression

 In the past five years, space for public expression has been tightening in media, the arts and civil society. Education hasn’t been spared: The ruling Communist Party and congress have ordered the country’s institutions of higher learning to build themselves into bastions of socialist and Marxist ideology, while purging campuses of liberal thought and subversive foreign ideas
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/10/10/553484924/in-china-scholars-are-being-punished-amid-growing-squeeze-on-public-expression

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

China Tries to Muzzle Rights Lawyers Defending ‘Politically Sensitive’ Cases

 More than 70 lawyers with a history of defending vulnerable groups in cases considered politically sensitive by the government were told to attend a « symposium » in Beijing from Aug. 28-31, attendees told RFA
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-09012017110411.html

18 AUGUST 2018

Cambridge University Press pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing’s request

Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/cambridge-university-press-pulls-scholarly-articles-from-china-website-at-beijings
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107419/cambridge-university-press-pulls-sensitive-journal

15 JULY 2017

China releases rights activist Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong, an eminent rights activist, has been freed by Chinese authorities. His release comes days after the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident and Nobel peace laureate who was not allowed a cancer treatment abroad
http://www.dw.com/en/china-releases-activist-xu-zhiyong/a-39703649

China stages ‘hasty’ cremation of Liu Xiaobo and has his ashes scattered at sea

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody on Thursday, was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea on Saturday in a state-choreographed service that friends and activists said was aimed at preventing supporters from honouring him
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2102761/liu-xiaobo-cremated-funeral-ailing-widow-makes-first
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-hong-kong-liu-xiaobo-charter-08-shenyang-communist-party-amnesty-international-mozart-requiem-a7842861.html

13 JULY 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an important critic of China’s Communist Party, has died after years of imprisonment. He is known for his peaceful fight for democracy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101601/chinese-dissident-and-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu
http://www.dw.com/en/liu-xiaobo-chinas-dissident-without-enemies/a-39657576
https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Press/Press-Releases2/Norwegian-Nobel-Committee-mourns-Liu-Xiaobo-statement-by-Chair-Berit-Reiss-Andersen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykrfqa90Vfs

10  JULY 2017

China orders telecoms to block access to personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet, according to Bloomberg
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253925356/china-orders-telecoms-to-block-access-to-personal-vpns-by-february

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/11/china-moves-to-block-internet-vpns-from-2018

9 JULY 2017

How China buys the silence of the world’s human rights critics

Wealth and power have enabled China to mute challenges to its crackdown on free expression, paving the way for further muzzling of dissident voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101795/how-china-buys-silence-worlds-human-rights-critics

In 2015, China crushed rights lawyers but activists are still organising

This Sunday is the second anniversary of a major Chinese government crackdown that led to the detention of hundreds of rights lawyers
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/2015-china-crushed-rights-lawyers-activists-still-organising/#EpLWUI0hGE5clqOx.97

3 JULY 2017

China’s Great Firewall gets tougher to scale as popular VPN shut down

Getting around the Great Firewall, the system used by China to control internet access, just got harder with a popular virtual private network forced to cease operating on orders from the government
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2101084/chinas-great-firewall-gets-tougher-scale-popular-vpn-shut-down

29 JUNE 2017

US brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The US State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-brands-china-among-worst-human-trafficking-offenders/

26 JUNE 2017

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being recently diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer and supporters said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

20 JUNE 2017

German ambassador to China calls for release of pope-chosen bishop

The German ambassador to China called on authorities on Tuesday to end the apparent confinement of a Catholic bishop and said he was concerned by proposed changes to the country’s rules governing religion
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2099209/german-ambassador-china-calls-release-pope-chosen
http://www.asianews.it/theme-en/China-1.html

8 MAY 2017

China puts leading human rights lawyer on trial for ‘inciting subversion’

Xie Yang, a 45-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China’s “war on law”, went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/china-puts-leading-human-rights-lawyer-on-trial-for-inciting-subversion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/08/content_15609643.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/08/chinese-human-rights-lawyers-seen-enemies-state/

2 MAY 2017

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

China’s internet regulator has updated its rules on internet and social media news, requiring all online news broadcasters to obtain government licences
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092405/china-updates-internet-regulations-tighten-control-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/02/content_15607693.html

28 APRIL 2017

China human rights lawyer Li Heping given suspended jail term

One of China’s best-known human rights lawyers has been given a three-year suspended jail term for subverting state power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39741893
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-court-sentences-human-rights-lawyer-li-heping-in-secret-trial

2 APRIL 2017

Chongyi Feng’s detention in China a blunt warning to Chinese Australians

Subjected to daily interrogations and blocked from leaving China for more than a week, Australia-based academic Feng Chongyi arrived home in Sydney on Sunday, vowing to return to the mainland later this year to complete his research
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-02/chongyi-fengs-detention-in-china-a-blunt-warning/8409186?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2084163/blocked-academic-returns-australiavowing-return

27 MARCH 2017

Concerns for Sydney-based academic Feng Chongyi detained in China

A Sydney professor and critic of growing Chinese government influence in Australia has been prevented from boarding a flight to return home to Sydney, and the ABC understands he has been told he is not allowed to leave China
http://www.dw.com/en/concerns-for-sydney-based-academic-detained-in-china/a-38142604
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-25/uts-professor-prevented-from-boarding-flight-from-china/8386982?section=world

12 MARCH 2017

Punishing rights lawyers a top achievement, says China

China has praised punishments given to a prominent human rights lawyer and his associates as one of its legal system’s top accomplishments last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/punishing-rights-lawyers-top-achievement-china-170312044612735.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

China ‘eliminating civil society’ by targeting human rights activists – report

China’s human rights situation further deteriorated last year as police systematically tortured activists and forcibly disappeared government critics while state TV continued to broadcast forced confessions, a new report shows
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/china-eliminating-civil-society-by-targeting-human-rights-activists-report

23 JANUARY 2017

China must respect lawyers’ human rights

From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/china-must-respect-lawyers-human-rights
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights-Lawyers-tortured-to-extract-confessions-39754.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Historian’s new book on Cultural Revolution turns acclaim in China to censure

It seemed that China’s censors had finally muzzled Yang Jisheng, the famed chronicler of the Mao era
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/historians-new-book-on-cultural-revolution-turns-acclaim-in-china-to-censure

21 JANUARY 2017

Beijing internet censors close websites of liberal economic think tank

Two websites run by a liberal Chinese think tank, have been shut down by government censors
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064260/beijing-internet-censors-close-websites-liberal

18 JANUARY 2017

China: As Xi Jinping praises free trade, critics of Mao lose their jobs

This month, state media has reported three high-profile incidents of people losing their jobs for criticizing Mao, as universities restrict discussion of the Party and school history textbooks are revised to emphasize the Communists’ role in fighting Japan during World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/18/asia/china-mao-insults/index.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

Human Rights: letter to Xi Jinping for arrested Chinese writers

More than 100 authors from around the world have signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him to stop violations against the writers of his country on the World Day for Human Rights, which is celebrated today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights:-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-for-arrested-Chinese-writers–39366.html
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/dec/10/human-rights-day-us-and-eu-call-on-china-to-release-political-prisoners

11 OCTOBER 2016

Imprisoned Chinese Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti given top human rights award

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other groups bestow honour on economics professor who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of separatism
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2027106/imprisoned-chinese-uygur-scholar-ilham-tohti-given-top
http://www.martinennalsaward.org/?p=1078

6 OCTOBER 2016

Two dueling visions of human rights in China

U.S. CECC annual report and China’s own human rights action plan showcase starkly difference concepts of “human rights.”
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/2-dueling-visions-of-human-rights-in-china

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Three Labour rights activists sentenced in China amid worker unrest

Three labour rights activists were handed suspended prison terms in China in a case which illustrates Beijing’s growing anxiety over worker unrest as the economy stalls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/27/three-labour-rights-activists-sentenced-in-china-amid-worker-unr/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160927_35/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years’ jail for fraud

A prominent mainland rights lawyer who took on high-profile politically sensitive cases has been jailed for 12 years for fraud in one of the harshest sentences to be imposed on rights advocates in recent years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021629/prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-xia-lin-sentenced-12
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/22/china-lawyer-for-ai-weiwei-jailed-for-12-years-in-severe-retaliation

4 AUGUST 2016

China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge

Zhou Shifeng, 51, was the first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July. About 300 suspects were detained or interrogated in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html

3 AUGUST 2016

Christian church leader jailed in Chinese human rights crackdown

Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998638/second-activist-sentenced-subversion-charges-after-huge
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/03/christian-church-leader-hu-shigen-jailed-chinese-human-rights-crackdown

2 AUGUST 2016

Chinese human rights Zhai Yanmin gets suspended-three-year sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a secrecy-shrouded yearlong case involving hundreds of rights activists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998132/human-rights-activist-sentenced-3-years-jail-suspended
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36950011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/china-sentences-activist-in-first-trial-of-lawyer-crackdown/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

7 JULY 2016

China releases human rights worker Zhao Wei on bail after a year of detention

Almost a year to the day after she was seized from her Beijing home and spirited into secret detention, Chinese police say they have released a young legal assistant on bail
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/07/china-to-release-human-rights-worker-zhao-wei-on-bail-after-a-year-of-detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1986633/young-chinese-legal-assistant-held-huge-crackdown

14 JUNE 2016

Citizens’ civil, political rights effectively protected: Chinese Report

Citizens’ civil and political rights have been effectively protected, and the people have been guaranteed and supported to act as masters of their own country, according to a report reviewing the human rights development from 2012 to 2015 released by the Chinese government on Tuesday.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/14/content_15448544.html

11 MAY 2016

China refuses entry to German chair of human rights committee

Beijing has refused entry to the German lawmaker who chairs the parliament’s Human Rights Committee. The decision comes after he reportedly criticized rights violations in Tibet
http://www.dw.com/en/china-refuses-entry-to-german-chair-of-human-rights-committee/a-19249261

24 APRIL 2016

China: Police prevented Western diplomats from visiting civil rights lawyer Ni Luyan

Last month, Ni was meant to receive the International Women of Courage Award in Washington D.C. for her work in defending those unfairly evicted from their homes, but was barred from traveling to the U.S. as the government refused to issue her a passport
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-police-prevented-western-diplomats-from-visiting-civil-rights-lawyer/

30 MARCH 2016

Rights activist Ni Yulan ‘barred from leaving’ China

A Chinese human rights activist says she has been barred from leaving the country just as she was planning to travel to the US to accept an award
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35924192

29 MARCH 2016

China editor resigns over media censorship

Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35915056
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12206275/China-newspaper-editor-resigns-over-media-control.html

24 MARCH 2016

Christian lawyer Zhang Kai released in China

A Chinese Christian lawyer who opposed a Communist Party campaign to remove crosses from churches has been released after seven months in detention, according to his social media accounts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12202826/Christian-lawyer-Zhang-Kai-released-in-China.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Zhang-Kai,-lawyer-who-defends-China’s-crosses-from-demolition,-is-released-37033.html

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist ‘disappears’ while trying to fly to Hong Kong

Jia Jia, a Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.h
ttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/chinese-journalist-disappears-fly-beijing-hong-kong

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-columnist/2612280.html

16 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist Yang Jisheng banned from flying to US to accept a prize for his work

Yang Jisheng, a retired correspondent from Beijing’s official news service Xinhua, was awarded Harvard University’s prestigious Louis M Lyons Award in December for his “ambitious and fearless reporting” on one of the 20th century’s deadliest man-made catastrophes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/asia/yang-jisheng-tombstone-harvard.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/chinese-journalist-banned-from-flying-to-us-to-accept-a-prize-for-his-work

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

29 JANUARY 2016

EU slams China’s on-air ‘confessions’ as unacceptable

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China’s human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens « unacceptable »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-chinas-air-confessions-unacceptable

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

13 JANUARY 2016

China charges two more rights lawyers in crackdown: attorney

China has formally arrested on “subversion” charges two more human rights lawyers held in secret for six months, a lawyer said Wednesday, bringing the total accused to nine as a sweeping crackdown intensifies.
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/13/china-charges-two-more-rights-lawyers-in-crackdown-attorney/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-lawyers-01132016110726.html

12 JANUARY 2016

China charges human rights lawyers with ‘subversion’

The Chinese authorities have arrested and charged at least seven human rights lawyers and associates with « subversion », friends and family say.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35289978
http://www.dw.com/en/china-formally-arrests-human-rights-laywers/a-18974654

10 JANUARY 2016

China arrests four labour activists amid crackdown: Lawyers

China has formally arrested four labour activists who have helped workers fight for their rights, lawyers for two of them said on Sunday, as the government steps up a crackdown on activists pressing for change within the system
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-arrests-four-labour-activists-amid-crackdown-lawyers

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

China Jails Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

A court in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has handed down an 18-month jail term to an activist who showed online support for last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in neighboring Hong Kong
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/239826259

22 DECEMBER 2015

Pu Zhiqiang: China rights lawyer gets suspended jail sentence

A Beijing court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence to Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most outspoken human rights lawyers, for posting online comments critical of the Communist Party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35157525
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893795/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-convicted-be-releasedhttp://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893800/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-pays-price-beliefs-he

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

2 NOVEMBER 2015

New Criminal Laws Take Effect in China

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls “starting rumors on the web.”
http://www.voanews.com/content/new-criminal-laws-take-effect-in-china/3033335.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

8 AUGUST 2015

Chinese Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Held For ‘Subversion’ As Crackdown Continues

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin are holding a top rights lawyer under « residential surveillance » on suspicion of subversion, denying her visits from her defense attorney amid an ongoing crackdown on the legal profession, rights groups and lawyers said.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235566701

22 JULY 2015

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s passport after four years

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has gotten back his passport four years after it was confiscated by Beijing authorities and plans to attend a London exhibition in September
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/dissident-chinese-artist-passport-150722145714881.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/526750/news/world/china-returns-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-s-passport-after-four-years

19 JULY 2015

China carries out crackdown on lawyers and activists

Since July 9, more than 200 lawyers and activists have been targeted in what Amnesty International called an « unprecedented » spree of detentions and police questioning
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-crackdown-lawyers-activists-150719112829794.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/detained-china-human-rights-lawyer-confesses-state-media

11 JULY 2015

China detains dozens of rights lawyers: Amnesty

« More than 50 lawyers and activists were targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown, » Amnesty International said in a statement
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/620292/china-detains-dozens-of-rights-lawyers-amnesty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/234661653

15 MAY 2015

China indicts detained a year ago rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on charge of making trouble

Pu Zhiqiang was charged with « inciting ethnic hatred » and « picking quarrels and provoking trouble », Beijing prosecutors said
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150516_01.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-indicts-detained-lawyer-charge-making-trouble-092821738.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/562895/china-rights-lawyer-charged-after-a-year-in-detention

17 APRIL 2015

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for leaking state secrets

Amid tight security, a Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1768883/jailing-chinese-journalist-gao-yu-part-push-silence
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/17/asia/china-gao-yu-jail/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32346382

13 APRIL 2015

China releases 3 of 5 female activists

A lawyer for 5 detained Chinese activists says 3 of the women have been released. The status of the other 2 activists remains unknown, but they are believed to be still in custody
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150414_03.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32285585

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11493548/China-jails-Christian-pastor-who-fought-church-demolitions.html

24 MARCH 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and US singer Joan Baez win Amnesty’s top rights award

Amnesty International awarded its top honour Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to US folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-03-25/chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-and-us-singer-joan-baez-win-amnestys-top-rights-award/1429133 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/506944/amnesty-international-honours-ai-weiwei-joan-baez

20 MARCH 2015

Reuters websites blocked in China

 Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China on Friday, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503431/reuters-websites-blocked-in-china
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503651/chinese-anti-censorship-group-says-it-under-attack

12 MARCH 2015

Chinese police detain five women’s rights activists

China formally detained five women’s rights activists on Thursday, apparently for planning to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, paving the way for police to levy formal charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-police-detain-five-womens-rights-activists

3 MARCH 2015

China Detains Activist Demanding Rehabilitation of Zhao Ziyang

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained a political activist who called publicly for the rehabilitation of late ousted reform-minded premier Zhao Ziyang, fellow activists said on Tuesday. Veteran Beijing-based activist Li Jinping, who has campaigned on behalf of Zhao’s name for more than a decade, was taken away on Monday by police
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/petitions-03032015112330.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

China to put 81-year-old writer Tie Liu on trial: Lawyer

An octogenarian Chinese writer who has spent more than two decades in labour camps will be put on trial Wednesday, his lawyer said, as part of Beijing’s crackdown on critics of the Communist Party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-put-81-year-old-writer-trial-lawyer

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights abuses in China ‘cruelest’ since 1989: report

The Hubei-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch group described a « worsening and regressive human rights situation, » and a domestic security regime that is more oppressive than anything seen in the past 25 years.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/human-rights-abuses-in-china-cruelest-since-1989-report/73015

28 JANUARY 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/461258/us-concerned-about-press-freedom-in-china-senior-diplomat

16 DECEMBER 2014

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450253/china-pro-democracy-activist-xu-youyu-awarded-swedish-rights-prize

China Jails More Journalists Than Any Other Country in 2014

China led the world in imprisoning journalists in 2014, with a total of 29 behind bars, amid fears Beijing may be exporting its model of censorship within the East Asian region, a Paris-based press freedom group said in an annual report on Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-12162014133255.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

China: Mongol dissident Hada freed but in poor health, family says

One of the country’s longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who spent much of the last two decades behind bars, has been freed, a family member said yesterday.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1659192/mongol-dissident-hada-freed-poor-health-family-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-releases-one-its-longest-serving-political-prisoners-relative-says

28 NOVEMBER 2014

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: lawyer

Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445955/china-activists-stand-trial-in-dissent-crackdown-lawyer
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rights-11272014171205.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China rejects Uighur scholar’s appeal against life sentence

A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-rejects-uighur-scholars-appeal-against-life-sentence-0

19 NOVEMBER 2014

China Says Controls on Internet Needed to Maintain Stability

Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-says-controls-on-internet-needed-to-maintain-stability/2526010.html

12 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese activist Guo Yushan detained on criminal charge

A Chinese scholar and human rights advocate who was instrumental in helping the blind activist Chen Guangcheng escape from extrajudicial detention in 2012 has been detained on the criminal charge of “provoking troubles”, his lawyer has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/chinese-rights-activist-guo-yushan-detained

10 OCTOBER 2014

More than 40 detained in mainland for backing Occupy Central

After a first wave of repression, mainland police continues to persecute those who express support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Special Autonomous Region. In Beijing, arrests, searches, violence and detentions continue. The persecution also affects Chongqing, Guangzhou and Anhui province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-40-detained-in-mainland-for-backing-Occupy-Central-32387.html

1 OCTOBER 2014

China detains activists for supporting HK protests: rights groups

Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435353/china-detains-activists-for-supporting-hk-protests-rights-groups

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government
 
The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin « disappear » after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-internment-in-a-mental-hospital-for-criticizing-government-32197.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese writer Huang Zerong, also known as Tie Liu, has been detained by police allegedly for writing articles critical of a senior official.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29204874

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten « ideological » control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429938/china-universities-vow-ideology-clampdown-on-staff-students
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1582944/three-prestigious-mainland-universities-vow-strengthen-ideological

30 AUGUST 2014

China tells journalists to learn ‘Marxist news values’

China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn « Marxist news values » and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the media
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-tells-journalists-learn-marxist-news-values

23 AUGUST 2014

China independent film festival shut by authorities

A Chinese independent film festival was closed by authorities on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, the latest sign that free expression is being increasingly targeted in the tightly-controlled country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/428330/china-independent-film-festival-shut-by-authorities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28911343

7 AUGUST 2014

Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng released from prison

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Gao Zhisheng, has been released after three years in jail
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28689580
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11019505/Wife-speaks-to-dissident-Gao-Zhisheng-after-he-is-released-from-prison.html

China tightens control over instant messaging

Move will curtail growing use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/china-tightens-control-over-instant-messaging-201487155558180234.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125593/china-blocks-line-kakao-talk/

30 JULY 2014

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism

Tohti’s lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘shocking’ handling of case and ignoring his rights to a defence
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/china-uighur-scholar-ilham-tohti-charged
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423276/chinese-prosecutors-charge-uighur-academic-with-separatism

17 JULY

Advice for journalists in China: Hire a lawyer

Investigative journalists in China have always had to bow to censorship and worry about being arrested. But this year, the Communist party has stopped them from working altogether
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10971707/Advice-for-journalists-in-China-Hire-a-lawyer.html

4 JULY 2014

In China, protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for « fraud » and « gathering crowds ». His lawyer slams the « fabricated charges »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protestant-pastor-gets-12-years-for-opposing-the-seizure-of-church-land-31540.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10945422/Christian-leader-jailed-for-12-years-amid-Chinese-church-crackdown.html

26 JUNE 2014

China Uighur scholar denied food in detention: lawyer

Beijing – Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang denied food for 10 days to a prominent Uighur academic detained on separatism charges, his lawyer told AFP Thursday, as nine in the region were sentenced for terror offences
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417633/china-uighur-scholar-denied-food-in-detention-lawyer
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124197/china-detained-uighur-scholar-went-for-days-without-food/

21 JUNE 2014

China rights lawyer arrested for ‘state subversion’

« Tang Jingling has been arrested on charges of ‘inciting subversion of state power’, » his wife Wang Yanfang wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog account, where she also posted a photo of the notice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416691/china-rights-lawyer-arrested-for-tate-subversion

 

19 JUNE 2014

‘Tell me where my husband is’ Ilham Tohti’s wife plea to China’s Communist Party

Nearly six months after her husband disappeared into the custody of China’s security services, the wife of respected Uighur academic Ilham Tohti issues an emotional plea for information on his whereabouts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10911745/Tell-me-where-my-husband-is-wifes-plea-to-Chinas-Communist-Party.html

China jails activists demanding more transparency

A Chinese court sentenced three activists to lengthy prison terms on Thursday after they campaigned for asset disclosure by senior government officials including President Xi Jinping.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/acb1ad16-f765-11e3-9e9d-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz356mim7lF
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416237/heavy-jail-terms-for-chinese-anti-graft-trio-lawyer

18 JUNE 2014

China bans unapproved ‘critical reporting’

China has banned its journalists from undertaking « critical reporting » without prior approval, state media said Wednesday, a further clampdown in a country whose media restrictions already rank among the world’s harshest
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416036/china-bans-unapproved-critical-reporting-xinhua
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-unauthorized-critical-journalism/1939580.html

17 JUNE 2014

Chinese rights lawyers warn of crackdown after arrest of Pu Zhiqiang

Chinese rights lawyers have warned that they are under mounting pressure, with the formal arrest of one of China’s best-known advocates, Pu Zhiqiang, and multiple detentions.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/chinese-rights-lawyers-crackdown-arrest-pu-zhiqiang-ai-weiwei

13 MAY 2014

Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

Police in China on Friday arrested one of the country’s most celebrated human rights lawyers, as leaders of the ruling Communist Party renew their push to punish government critics
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/13/world/asia/china-human-rights-lawyer-arrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415242/chinese-police-arrest-prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang

8 MAY 2014

China journalist Gao Yu detained in Tiananmen lead-up



Prominent journalist Gao Yu has been « criminally detained », China has announced, as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests nears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27321241

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10816725/Chinese-journalist-charged-with-leaking-state-secrets-and-paraded-on-TV.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

For decades, China’s capital has been the last resort for citizens whose grievances could not be solved through the legal system at the local level.  But starting Thursday, legal reforms ban petitioners from taking their case to higher authorities, in a move that analysts say highlights the leadership’s uneasiness with local grievances reaching the capital
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-public-from-petitioning-beijing-over-local-grievances/1905217.html

23 APRIL 2014

Chinese dissident Cao Shunli who died in detention nominated for rights Nobel

Cao Shunli, a Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406308/chinese-dissident-who-died-in-detention-nominated-for-rights-nobel
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-dissident-who-died-detention-nominated-rights-nobel

18 APRIL 2014

China jails four more New Citizens Movement activists

A Chinese court sentenced four anti-corruption activists to prison on Friday, closing another chapter in a protracted crackdown on dissent
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/china-jails-new-citizens-movement-activists
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/china-sentences-anti-corruption-activists-201441885818751847.html

17 APRIL 2014

Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on ‘internet rumours’

Qin Zhihui, who was detained in official effort to gain greater control over social media, found guilty of ‘provoking troubles’

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/chinese-blogger-jailed-crackdown-internet-rumours-qin-zhihui

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-blogger-sentenced-to-3-years-for-spreading-rumors-online-30859.html

China releases blogger Charles Xue on grounds of ill-health

A Chinese-American venture capitalist known for his controversial blogs has been released on bail after nearly eight months in detention because of a « serious illness », Beijing police said amid a crackdown on online dissent

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/china-releases-blogger-charles-xue-ill-health

15 APRIL 2014

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/chinese-rights-lawyers-police-torture

11 APRIL 2014

Chinese activist group warns Communist Party: ‘We cannot be stopped’

A trenchant essay by the civil rights group New Citizens’ Movement is published condemning Beijing’s ‘systematic persecution’ of dissidents as its jailed leader’s appeal is denied

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10759457/Chinese-activist-group-warns-Communist-Party-We-cannot-be-stopped.html

China upholds four-year sentence of activist Xu Zhiyong

Chinese authorities have rejected an appeal by imprisoned rights advocate Xu Zhiyong, as a publisher released his autobiography – and his beleaguered civic group, the New Citizens Movement, launched a website – in a concerted gesture of defiance.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/china-upholds-sentence-activist-xu-zhiyong

10 APRIL 2014

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10756813/China-denies-church-demolition-campaign-but-says-Christianitys-growth-excessive.html

China film directors’ guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors’ association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404387/china-film-directors-guild-declines-to-award-best-picture

8 APRIL 2014

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church ‘demolition campaign’

Christians in eastern China are calling on Communist Party leaders to abandon what they say is an « ill-conceived » and invasive campaign to tear down local churches.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10752477/Chinese-Christians-urge-Communist-Party-to-halt-church-demolition-campaign.html

2 APRIL 2014

Falun Gong lawyers ‘incited illegal activities’

Chinese state media lashed out Wednesday at four rights lawyers detained for investigating the treatment of practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, saying the quartet « incited illegal activities »

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403120/falun-gong-lawyers-incited-illegal-activities

27 MARCH 2014

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren released from prison

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren has been released after serving his full, five-year term in prison. He was sentenced in February 2010 for “inciting subversion of state power” when he criticised the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement of June 1989.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/27/chinese-dissident-and-earthquake-campaigner-tan-zuoren-released-from-prison/

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-quake-activist-released-from-prison/1880618.html

26 MARCH 2014

Cao Shunli: ‘Access denied’ to Chinese activist’s body

The family of a Chinese activist who died in police detention this month have been denied access to her body, Amnesty International says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26753856

14 MARCH 2014

Chinese activist Cao Shunli dies after being denied medical help

Human rights activist Cao Shunli has died of illness after Chinese state security agents denied her medical attention, a human rights website has reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/14/china-activist-cao-shunli-dies-human-rights
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10698538/Chinese-activist-dies-after-six-months-in-detention.html

13 MARCH 2014

China detains citizen journalists after Tiananmen ‘immolation’: Amnesty

China has detained at least four people including the founder of a citizen-run news website which reported that a woman set herself on fire last week in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a rights group said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399802/china-detains-citizen-journalists-after-tiananmen-immolation-amnesty

3 MARCH 2014

Detentions of Chinese Activists Tripled Last Year: Report

The number of arrests and disappearances of government critics tripled in a « nightmarish » first year of Xi Jinping’s presidency, an overseas rights group said in an annual report on Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/detentions-03032014182151.html

2 MARCH 2014

China’s human rights situation ‘worst in decades’

First year under president Xi Jinping sees the most severe campaign against dissidents for decades

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10670520/Chinas-human-rights-situation-worst-in-decades.html

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.

http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Cao Shunli Chinese activist falls into coma while in detention

A leading Chineseactivist, who disappeared into detention last September as she tried to board a flight to Geneva, has been taken to hospital in a coma.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10653269/Chinese-activist-falls-into-coma-while-in-detention.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo hospitalised

Liu Xia, who has been under effective house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, suffers from heart problems, possibly severe depression, and other ailments made worse during her time under guard, her friends say.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10650516/Wife-of-Chinas-jailed-Nobel-Laureate-Liu-Xiaobo-hospitalised.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/20/liu-xia-wife-of-jailed-nobel-winner-taken-to-hospital-say-supporters

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Outspoken Chinese scholar joins US think tank

Xia Yeliang, an outspoken professor dismissed from Beijing’s top university, has joined the Cato Institute in Washington where he will work for a « freer China, » the think tank said Wednesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394754/outspoken-chinese-scholar-joins-us-think-tank

29 JUANARY 2014

New York Times journalist forced to leave China after visa row

Austin Ramzy, who has reported from the country for six years, is the third of the paper’s staff not to receive a resident journalist visa since it ran a story on the wealth of the former premier Wen Jiabao’s family in 2012

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/new-york-times-journalist-leave-china-visa

28 JANUARY 2014

Chinese lawyers warn Communist Party will target legal teams

As the Communist party wages its most intense campaign against free speech in years, there are fears it will now attack the lawyers who dare to defend dissidents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10601346/Chinese-lawyers-warn-Communist-Party-will-target-legal-teams.html

26 JANUARY 2014

Chinese court sentences human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in jail

A Chinese court sentenced prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for political transparency and the right for poor children to be educated. The US has condemned his conviction.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140126-china-court-xu-human-rights/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10597707/Who-is-Xu-Zhiyong.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25900272

25 JANUARY 2014

China activist Liu Yuandong on trial in Guangzhou

Mr Liu, a leader of a movement which has organised small protests urging an end to one-party rule, is accused of disrupting public order
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Liu-Yuandong,-activist-who-called-for-end-of-single-party-rule,-on-trial-in-Guangzhou-30132.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25874436

22 JANUARY 2014

For Freedom, Justice and Love — My Closing Statement to the Court

This is Xu Zhiyong’s closing statement on January 22, 2014, at the end of his trial. According to his lawyer, he had only been able to read “about 10 minutes of it before the presiding judge stopped him, saying it was irrelevant to the case.”

http://chinachange.org/2014/01/23/for-freedom-justice-and-love-my-closing-statement-to-the-court/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-2

22 JANUARY 2014

Chinese anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong goes on trial

Xu stood trial behind closed doors at a Beijing court on charge of disrupting public order. The charge stems from small protests authorities say he helped organize to call for education equality or the disclosure of public officials’ assets to curb corruption
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/22/chinese-anti-corruption-activist-xu-zhiyong-trial
http://asiancorrespondent.com/118692/china-rights-activist-trial-opens-tight-security/

13 JANUARY 2014

China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism

The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-crackdown-on-cyber-activism/

9 JANUARY 2014

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them without trial.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10561434/China-abolishes-its-labour-camps-and-releases-prisoners.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

China steps back from expelling journalists

The Chinese government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal by Joe Biden, the American vice-president.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10527425/China-steps-back-from-expelling-journalists.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese labour camps to continue under other name: Amnesty

China’s much-vaunted abolition of its widely loathed « re-education through labour » camps risks being no more than a cosmetic change because of other rights abuses, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385243/chinese-labour-camps-to-continue-under-other-name-amnesty

13 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong indicted over series of anti-corruption protests

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted prominent activist Xu Zhiyong four months after he was arrested for organising protests against official corruption, his lawyer said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/13/chinese-activist-xu-zhiyong-indicted-anti-corruption-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10515923/Chinese-civil-rights-activist-to-face-trial-within-weeks.html

11 DECEMBER 2013

US calls for Liu Xiaobo release

In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Liu’s detention, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China to release Liu Xiaobo as well as his wife, Liu Xia, who is currently under house arrest.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/us-calls-for-liu-xiaobos-release/

China university ‘sacks scholar for political criticism’

Zhang Xuehong said he was dismissed by the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai on Monday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25319846

6 DECEMBER 2013

Police Recommend Trial for Chinese Rights Advocate

The police in Beijing have recommended that one of China’s most prominent human rights advocates, Xu Zhiyong, be tried for his role in organizing demonstrations demanding that the Communist Party disclose officials’ wealth and provide equal educational opportunities, his lawyer and a friend said
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/07/world/asia/chinese-rights-advocate.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 DECEMBER 2013

New York Times and Bloomberg facing expulsion from China

The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10498086/New-York-Times-and-Bloomberg-facing-expulsion-from-China.html

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Outspoken Chinese journalist leaves magazine

An award-winning Chinese journalist who made high-profile corruption allegations against a senior official has left his magazine post, sources said on Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382072/outspoken-chinese-journalist-leaves-magazine

25 NOVEMBER 2013

An exiled Chinese dissident has again been rejected in his bid to turn himself in to Chinese authorities.

Wu’er Kaixi, listed by Beijing as the second-most-wanted leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, tried to surrender during a stop at the Hong Kong airport Monday
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-dissident-rejected-in-surrender-bid/1797163.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s top court bans police from torturing suspects

Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25029934 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/top-china-court-calls-for/895148.html

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese media ‘ordered to ignore celebrated director Jia Zhangke’

Leaked directive from Chinese censors reportedly tells media outlets they must not report or comment on Jia Zhangke’s latest film, which focuses on the human cost of China’s breakneck development
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10457249/Chinese-media-ordered-to-ignore-celebrated-director-Jia-Zhangke.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

China to abolish ‘re-education through labour’ system

China is to abolish its controversial « re-education through labour » system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380051/china-to-abolish-re-education-through-labour-system

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Dell suppliers accused of human rights violations in China

Mingshuo Computers, which assembles motherboards for Dell, has been filmed by undercover reporters breaking Chinese labour laws.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/06/dell-suppliers-accused-of-human-rights-violations

Family of blind Chinese dissident get permission to visit him in the US

The mother and brother of a prominent blind Chinese activist have received permission from the government to visit him in United States, a rare sign of tolerance on the part of authorities amid a broader crackdown on dissents.
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21317262-family-of-blind-chinese-dissident-get-permission-to-visit-him-in-the-us?lite

31 OCTOBER 2013

Top Chinese film-maker says country’s censors are ‘ridiculous’

Prominent Chinese director Feng Xiaogang has spoken out against the restrictions imposed by the country’s censorship bureau, calling them « ridiculous ».
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/31/chinese-censors-ridiculous-feng-xiaogang

28 OCTOBER 2013

How Chinese censorship is reaching overseas

The efforts of China’s leaders to prevent its citizens from circulating information inconvenient to the ruling Communist Party are well known. But while censorship is a daily reality for media outlets inside mainland China, their counterparts abroad are increasingly finding themselves under pressure as well.
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/28/how-chinese-censorship-is-reaching-overseas/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese paper apologizes after reporter confesses

A newspaper whose detained reporter made a televised confession saying he had defamed a company in exchange for money published a front-page apology Sunday, saying the improper practices had taught it a “profound lesson.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24690631
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10407433/Chinese-newspaper-apologises-for-reporters-conduct.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114955/chinese-paper-apologizes-after-reporter-confesses/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese daily takes on police over jailed reporter

A Chinese newspaper made a bold front-page appeal on Thursday – for a second day – urging the authorities to release one of its journalists after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a state-owned construction company.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-china-newspaper-plea-police-jail-reporter

23 OCTOBER 2013

China’s global war against press freedom

Over the past five years the Chinese government has expanded its campaign to constrain foreign news outlets from casting China in a negative light, according to a report released today by the non-government organization Freedom House
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/chinas-global-war-against-press-freedom/
http://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/CIMA-China_Sarah%20Cook_10_22_13.pdf

22 OCTOBER 2013

China’s Human Rights Record Challenged at UN

China has made a spirited defense of its human rights record, which is under review at the U.N. Human Rights Council.  While admitting some shortcomings Tuesday, the Chinese delegation told the 47-member U.N. body that Beijing has made many improvements in promoting and protecting the rights of its citizens.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-defends-record-before-un-human-rights-council/1774419.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/china-challenged-human-rights-un

19 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese university fires outspoken economist amid crackdown on dissent

Professor Xia Yeliang, 53, had drawn the ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic reforms and rule of law in China. Xia said he was told on Friday that professors and school leaders had voted to end his contract.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-dismisses-professor-advocating-free-speech/2013/10/19/d83951de-3896-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/edvantage/chinese-university-fires-outspoken-economist-amid-crackdown-dissent?page=0%2C0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375406/china-economist-critical-of-government-sacked-from-university

16 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Held After Retweeting News of Unrest

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan are holding a prominent rights activist in administrative detention after she retweeted news of ethnic unrest in the troubled region of Xinjiang, her husband said. Liu Linna, widely known by her pseudonym Liu Shasha, was detained on Monday by authorities in her home city of Nanyang after she went to apply for a permit to visit her husband in Hong Kong
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/retweet-10162013104615.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Journalist Amid Crackdown on Rumors

A Chinese investigative journalist who has accused officials of corruption has been arrested, his lawyer said on Thursday, becoming the latest in a series of government critics to be swept up in Beijing’s crackdown on rumors.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-arrests-journalist-amid-crackdown-on-rumors/1766963.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24476615

7 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Accuses Shanghai Police of Undermining Rule of Law

A Chinese rights activist says police who confiscated personal items from his Shanghai home are undermining the rule of law espoused by China’s new leadership. In a phone interview with VOA Monday, Feng Zhenghu called for an investigation into the seizure of his items in 11 police raids on his home between April 2010 and December 2012.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-activist-accuses-shanghai-police-of-undermining-rule-of-law/1764912.html

5 OCTOBER 2013

China land rights disabled activist Ni Yulan released from jail

Disabled Chinese activist Ni Yulan said Saturday she had been freed from jail but was in very poor health after spending more than two years locked up for « picking quarrels ».
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/disabled-chinese-rights-activist-freed-jail
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-rights-lawyer-vows-sue-police
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24413126

5 OCTOBER 2013

China’s two million web police monitor Internet

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/digital1/chinas-two-million-web-police-monitor-internet
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24396957

2 OCTOBER 2013

How Internet Censorship Actually Works in China

Studies show that the government permits some dissent online—but strikes down hard on calls for collective action.
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/10/how-internet-censorship-actually-works-in-china/280188/

1 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Activist for Seeking Public Comment in Rights Report

Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights petitioner, has been missing since September 14, when police barred her from boarding a plane to Geneva. Cao was on her way to a human rights meeting in the Swiss city.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-arrests-activist-for-seeking-public-comments-in-un-rights-report/1760594.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Wei Jingsheng: Anti-blogger laws worse than Cultural Revolution

The great Chinese dissident comments on latest repressions imposed by the government of Xi Jinping on freedom of expression and attacks the communist regime, interested only in safeguarding their privileges while continuing to violate the rights of the people: « They are even more brazen faced than Mao Zedong. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wei-Jingsheng:-Anti-blogger-laws-worse-than-Cultural-Revolution-29106.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

A tiny crack may have formed in China’s determination to wall off its internet from the world, after a report suggested that uncensored web access would be allowed in a small area of Shanghai.
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/china-to-allow-facebook-and-twitter-in-shanghai-free-trade-zone/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10329989/China-to-lift-Twitter-Facebook-bans-in-free-trade-zone.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

China Detains Activists Over UN Campaign

Chinese authorities have detained two prominent rights activists who were en route to Geneva ahead of a U.N. review of Beijing’s rights record, and are questioning two more on suspicion of subversion after they campaigned against China’s application to join a U.N. human rights agency, overseas groups and relatives said this week
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/campaign-09182013110608.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb « wanton defamation » of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/chinese-communist-party-online-crackdown

China activist still seeks democracy after 50 year fight

When Chinese police beat elderly former professor Sun Wenguang so badly they broke four ribs, it was just part of the price he has paid for a lifetime defying authority.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-activist-still-seeks-democracy-after-50-year-fight?page=0%2C0

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Detained Chinese-American blogger confesses to ‘irresponsible’ online posts

Chinese state television aired a surprising video Sunday of one of the country’s best-known bloggers in handcuffs admitting that he spread irresponsible information on the Internet – just days after the government announced a new crackdown on online rumors. 

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/16/20526388-detained-chinese-american-blogger-confesses-to-irresponsible-online-posts?lite

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Police arrest billionaire and friend of dissidents, Wang Gongquan

He is accused of gathering people « to disturb public order » : the same accusation with which activist Xu Zhiyong was imprisoned. Wang is one of the proponents of a collection of online signatures for the release of Xu . The billionaire believes that faced with the Party corruption, the gap between rich and poor, abysmal pollution; an alliance between entrepreneurs and citizens is needed to push the government to increasing openness thus avoiding a rise in violence.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/16/china-detains-activist-billionaire-wang-gongquan-amid-crackdown-on-dissent/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Police-arrest-billionaire-and-friend-of-dissidents,-Wang-Gongquan-28998.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s Guangzhou moves to end ‘Re-education Through Labor’ camps

China’s third-largest city Guangzhou — capital of China’s richest and most progressive province Guangdong — has announced it has taken the first concrete steps in unbolting the country’s often reviled « Re-education Through Labor » (RTL) system.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/china-reform-labor-camps/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

China releases Shi Tao reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

Shi Tao was released Aug 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement. There was no indication why Shi was released early.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10294042/China-releases-reporter-jailed-in-Yahoo-email-case.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-releases-prominent-dissident-early-says-rights-group/1745531.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113078/china-releases-reporter-jailed-in-yahoo-email-case/

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Media: Official Drowned During Corruption Questioning

Chinese officials said a Communist Party member was drowned after having his head held under water by investigators who were trying to get him to confess to corruption. State media said six Communist Party graft investigators will soon stand trial on intentional injury charges related to the death of Yu Qiyi, an engineer at the Wenzhou Industry Investment Group
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-official-drowned-during-corruption-questioning-state-media/1742869.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201394143723109399.html

25 AUGUST 2013

China journalist held for Chongqing ‘rumours’

China has detained a journalist for « fabricating rumours », police said Sunday after he made online accusations of wrongdoing against a former senior official in Chongqing, the megacity once headed by Bo Xilai.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-journalist-held-chongqing-rumours

24 AUGUST 2013

Chinese police arrest anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong

Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112419/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10262461/Chinese-police-arrest-anti-corruption-campaigner-Xu-Zhiyong.html

Chinese prof banned from classrooms over speech

An outspoken college law professor calling for constitutional rule has been banned from teaching, as the Chinese authorities tighten ideological controls, including launching an unusual assault on advocacy of constitutionalism.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112425/chinese-prof-banned-from-classrooms-over-speech/

20 AUGUST 2013

Chinese lawyers targeted as Xi Jinping tightens control

China’s new leaders have accelerated the country’s descent into a police state, not only arresting scores of critics but now also targeting their lawyers.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10254632/Chinese-lawyers-targeted-as-Xi-Jinping-tightens-control.html

17 AUGUST 2013

China detains prominent rights activist: group

Police in the southern city of Guangzhou arrested Yang Maodong, an advocate for legal reform, on a charge of « assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place », US-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said on a blog.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-detains-prominent-rights-activist-group

16 AUGUST 2013

Chinese Court Upholds Jail Sentence of Nobel Laureate’s Relative

A Chinese court has upheld what some see as a politically motivated prison sentence against the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-sentence/1730836.html

8 AUGUST 2013

China’s legal system leading to ‘terrorism’

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-080813.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Chinese journalist ‘was illegally abducted’ by security forces

Chen Min, who had been demanding the release of the jailed human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, said he was seized by agents in Beijing last Friday and forcibly returned to Guangdong province in southeastern China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10223238/Chinese-journalist-was-illegally-abducted-by-security-forces.html

2 AUGUST 2013

US official: China’s rights record getting worse

« We continue to see a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in China, » said Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362781/us-official-china-rights-record-getting-worse

Chinese web giants join forces in crackdown on ‘online rumors’

Six major Chinese websites have launched a joint site dedicated to eradicating online rumors, as part of Beijing’s efforts to clean up false information on the country’s wildly popular microblogs, state media reports.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/02/world/asia/china-online-rumor-crackdown/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

19 JULY 2013

Chinese blogger ‘gagged’ after attacking government for treatment of poor

Li Chengpeng, an author and social critic with over seven million followers on Sina Weibo, China’s leading micro-blogging site, was among several prominent opinion makers who spoke out this week over the sudden and shocking death of an impoverished 56-year-old watermelon salesman from Hunan province.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190892/Chinese-blogger-gagged-after-attacking-government-for-treatment-of-poor.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190914/Li-Chengpengs-essay-translated-watermelon-vendor-died-pursuing-the-Chinese-dream.html

Chinese directors question promised reforms over censorship

Newly-announced changes to the Chinese systems of film quotas and censorship have met with a mixed reaction from film-makers in the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jul/19/chinese-film-censorship

17 JULY 2013

China detains activist Xu Zhiyong

China has detained a lawyer known for his anti-corruption and human rights campaigns, reports say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23339401                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Activist-Xu-Zhiyong-arrested-for-violence,-after-asking-Party-to-disclose-leaders-assests-28490.html

Xinhua journalist accuses China official of ‘huge graft’

A journalist with China’s official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday accused the head of a key state-owned firm of « corruption involving a huge amount ».
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130717-438031.html

Chinese whistleblower blinded in acid attack

An amateur Chinese whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the internet, was rammed by a car, blinded with acid, and deprived of two of his fingers.                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10184412/Chinese-whistleblower-blinded-in-acid-attack.html

9 JULY 2013

China frees maker of film about labor camp abuse

Du Bin, a Chinese journalist said that he has been conditionally released from detention after five weeks in which he was asked about his book on the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown and a film he made about labor camp abuses.                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/110427/china-frees-maker-of-film-about-labor-camp-abuse/

7 JULY 2013

Chinese women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan made homeless say reports

Authorities in southern China have left one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists, Ye Haiyan, homeless, according to accounts on social media websites by Ye and her supporters.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/07/china-womens-rights-ye-haiyan-homeless

25 JUNE 2013

Riot Police Raid Chinese Dissident’s Legal Team

Riot police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan on Tuesday raided the hotel rooms of four rights lawyers who arrived to defend a dissident writer and escorted them back to the provincial capital.The Guangzhou-based legal team for writer Zheng Qiuwu and his wife arrived in Hainan’s Wenchang city late on Monday, planning to meet with the couple, who are being criminally detained on suspicion of “illegal business activities,” the lawyers said.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/raid-06252013105618.html

17 JUNE 2013

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng: NYU is forcing me out

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist whose dramatic escape from house arrest last year provoked a diplomatic firestorm between Washington and Beijing, said he is being forced to leave New York University over fears his presence there is affecting the university’s relationship with China
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/17/us/chen-nyu/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

14 JUNE 2013

Liu Xiaobo’s wife appeals to Xi Jinping over jailed Chinese Nobel laureate

The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on Friday appealed to President Xi Jinping to choose « justice » over « merciless oppression », in a rare public statement since being placed under house arrest three years ago.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120771/Liu-Xiaobos-wife-appeals-to-Xi-Jinping-over-jailed-Chinese-Nobel-laureate.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130614-429855.html

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

13 JUNE 2013

Independent filmmaker Du Bin disappears in Beijing

Beijing-based documentary filmmaker Du Bin disappeared in the Chinese capital – days ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown last week – causing concern among his family and human rights advocates over the journalist’s likely detention by security organs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22883981
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1258417/independent-filmmaker-du-bin-disappears-beijing?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_249362055

9 JUNE 2013

China jails relative of Nobel prize winner

Court sentences brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years over real estate fraud. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136951959481835.html

7 JUNE 2013

Family of China Rights Advocate Chen Guangcheng Given Passports

The mother and older brother of Chen Guangcheng, a prominent rights advocate who fled to the United States last year, were both granted Chinese passports on Friday, allowing them to start the process of applying for visas to travel to the United States to see their relative.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/world/asia/family-of-china-rights-advocate-chen-guangcheng.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 MAY 2013

China launches new crackdown on internet celebrities

In its latest bid to contain the often riotous jumble of news and rumour on the Chinese internet, the Communist party has decided to bring the most high-profile and influential voices to heel.                                                   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10053820/China-launches-new-crackdown-on-internet-celebrities.html

9 MAY 2013

Chinese Police Detain Anti-Graft Activist’s Supporters

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou have detained and questioned a lawyer who attempted to visit detained anti-corruption activist Liu Ping.                                                                                                                                 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/supporters-05092013144659.html

9 MAY 2013

Exiled activist Chen Guangcheng’s brother beaten in latest attack against family

The elder brother of exiled blind activist Chen Guangcheng said he was beaten by two unidentified men on Thursday morning, the latest in a string of attacks against the Chen family over the past few weeks.                                                  http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1233721/exiled-activist-chen-guangchengs-brother-beaten-latest-attack-against

1 MAY 2013

Calls For Chinese Quake Activist’s Release

Five years after a devastating earthquake left more than 80,000 people dead and missing in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Chinese rights activists have launched a campaign for the release of a prominent writer jailed for investigating corruption and shoddy construction of school buildings. An open letter circulating on China’s Internet calling for the release of writer Tan Zuoren was signed by a number of prominent rights lawyers and dissidents, including Guo Feixiong and Zheng Enchong, as well as U.S.-based veteran pro-democracy activists Xu Wenli and Wang Ruowang.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/release-05012013111354.html

21 APRIL 2013

Activists, Monks Blocked From Sichuan Quake-Hit Area

Chinese authorities have blocked rights groups and Tibetan monks from participating in rescue efforts in an earthquake-struck zone in southwestern Sichuan province, activists said Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the tremblor climbed past 200 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/quake-04212013221452.html

 

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2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

21 AUGUST 2015

Ranil sworn in as Prime Minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe – UNP leader, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat
http://asiantribune.com/node/87704

18 AUGUST 2015

 Sri Lanka elections: UNP victory as Rajapaksa hopes rebuffed

Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

26 JUNE 2015

Sri Lanka’s president dissolves parliament; elections on Aug 17

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-president/1943772.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

5 MAI 2015

US-Sri Lanka relations: Kerry arrives to conducive atmosphere

US Secretary of State John Kerry headed for talks with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday on a visit that caps the island’s transformation from diplomatic pariah to a “beacon of democracy”
http://www.dawn.com/news/1179519/kerry-visit-seals-end-to-sri-lanka-pariah-status
http://asiantribune.com/node/86889
http://asiantribune.com/node/86886

22 APRIL 2015

Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother Basil Rajapaksa arrested

Basil Rajapaksa, the younger brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been arrested on corruption charges
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32410003

26 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka seeks improved relations with China

Sri Lanka’s new president has held talks with his Chinese counterpart in a push to recalibrate his predecessor’s strongly pro-China policies
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/sri-lanka-china-150326081156090.html
http://english.cntv.cn/2015/03/26/VIDE1427353083949162.shtml

22 MARCH 2015

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena forms national government with opposition

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday, in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability
http://www.france24.com/en/20150322-sri-lanka-sirisena-rajapaksa-government-opposition-coalition/

Ex-army chief becomes Sri Lanka’s first field marshal

Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday conferred the highest military rank of field marshal on retired army chief Sarath Fonseka, who had been jailed for alleged treason by the previous government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-army-chief-becomes-sri-lankas-first-field-marshal

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean

For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka urges UN to delay war crimes probe

Sri Lanka Wednesday urged the UN to delay a report into alleged war crimes during the island’s civil war to allow the new government to complete its own probe.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/473294/sri-lanka-urges-un-to-delay-war-crimes-probe
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31434613

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka in U-turn on port project

Sri Lanka’s new government has approved China’s $1.4 billion port project in the island nation’s capital, marking a swift U-turn following warnings it might scrap the venture.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-02/07/content_15225156.html

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka: Hope for Minorities?

The key question remains: Does Sirisena have the political will and capability to actually resolve the fundamental problems that drove the country to almost three decades of civil war?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/sri-lanka-hope-for-minorities/

21 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka

The new Sri Lankan government has removed punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30912331

14 JANUARY 2015

Pope canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

On Wednesday, Francis conducted a mass on Colombo’s Galle Face Green before canonising Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar, in the first papal visit to the island nation in two decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/01/pope-canonises-sri-lanka-first-saint-201511453618282611.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117651

13 JANUARY 2015

Pope Francis urges the ‘pursuit of truth’ in Sri Lanka

In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis has called on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/13/pope-francis-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-do-more-to-seek-truth-about-civil-war/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30789124
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-in-Sri-Lanka:-live-the-precepts-of-peace-present-in-religions-and-denounce-all-acts-of-violence-33174.html

9 JANUARY 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat. Sirisena elected president

Sirisena and his new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both took the oath of office in Colombo’s Independence Square on Friday hours after Rajapakse conceded defeat, in what is being touted as one of the most peaceful in the island’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/sirisena-sworn-as-sri-lanka-president-20151914215538168.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30738671

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 February in Asian history

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “Conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on February 2, 2019

1868: Pro-Imperial forces capture Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Osaka_castle

1899: The National Citizen’s Army is founded by the Malolos Republic
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/911/today-in-philippine-history-february-2-1899-the-national-citizens-army-was-founded-under-the-malolos-republic

1942: The Philippine capital of Manila is captured by Japanese forces during World War II
http://corregidor.org/_morton/html/lm_04_05.htm

1942-01-02 Les Japonais entrent dans Manille

1948: Signature of an Treaty of Amity between USA and India

1953: US President Eisenhower announces the withdrawal of US navy and the end of the neutralization of Taiwan

1966: Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pakistan ministerial talks after 1965 war
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1965

1974: Khmer Rouges bomb Phnom-Penh, making 17 dead

1989: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/04/world/huge-soviet-convoy-leaves-kabul.html

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

2013: Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands « at all costs »
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lVkdNZK6bMrg8CNZylNv1M/Japan-PM-vows-to-repel-provocations-amid-island-row.html

On 2 February in South Asian history

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

ON 2 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Updated on February 2, 2019

1915: Birth of Khushwant Singh, Indian journalist and author who died on March 20, 2014
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/khushwant-singh.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khushwant_Singh

1934: Birth of Khalil Ullah Khan, Bangladeshi actor who died on December 7, 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalil_Ullah_Khan

1948: Signature of an Treaty of Amity between USA and India

1957: President Iskander Mirza of Pakistan lays the foundation-stone of the Guddu barrage across river Indus neer Sukkur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guddu_Barrage

1966: Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pakistan ministerial talks after 1965 war
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1965

1979: Birth of Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamita_Shetty

1986: The Dalai Lama meets with Pope John Paul II in India
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/03/world/pope-meets-dalai-lama-and-cites-spirituality-of-east.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8474137/Pope-John-Paul-II-in-pictures.html?image=17

1989: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/04/world/huge-soviet-convoy-leaves-kabul.html

1989-02-02 Soviet leave Kabul

2007: Death of Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor, born on December 27, 1946
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay_Arora
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Yaadon_ki_Baraat_star_no_more/articleshow/1556188.cms

2011: Death of Krishnaswamy Subrahmanyam, India’s greatest strategic affairs expert and the author of its nuclear doctrine
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MB18Df01.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-february-2011-k.-subrahmanyam-strategic-affairs-expert-died

Krishnaswamy Subrahmanyam

2012: India court cancels 122 telecom licences issued by former minister A Raja, who is accused of mis-selling bandwidth in what has been called India’s biggest corruption scandal
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16848844
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/02/world/asia/india-phone-scandal/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2016: Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at 92
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

2018: Maldives court orders release and retrial of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/maldives-court-throws-case-mohamed-nasheed-180201154603414.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/maldives-overturned-conviction-former-president-must-mark-turning-point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/maldives-regime-threatened-exiled-leader-says-will-run-president/

 

On 2 February in Southeast Asian history

1942-01-02 Les Japonais entrent dans Manille

ON 2 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 2, 2019

1820: Death of Gia Long, Emperor of Vietnam since 1802, born on February 8, 1762
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia_Long

1861: St Théophane Vénard (one of Vietnamese Martyrs) is beheaded
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9ophane_V%C3%A9nard
http://www.voith-usa.com/SemPix/PixVenard/Venard_Theophane/index.html

1899: The National Citizen’s Army is founded by the Malolos Republic
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/911/today-in-philippine-history-february-2-1899-the-national-citizens-army-was-founded-under-the-malolos-republic

1916: Birth of Vietnamese poet Xuan Dieu who died on December18, 1985
http://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/282097/vietnamese-king-of-love-poetry-xuan-dieu-seen-as-a-pioneer.html#qsBGXzjt3UAjTmIh.97
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu%C3%A2n_Di%E1%BB%87u

Xuan Dieu 3

1917: Birth of Do Muoi, ex General Secretary of the Communist party of Vietnam (1991-1997)
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Nguyen_Van_Linh.aspx
http://everything.explained.today/Do_Muoi/

1933: Birth of Than Shwe, president of Myanmar State peace and Development Council since April 23, 1992 to March 30, 2011
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/ProfThanShwe.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Than_Shwe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6YPsycc6Lc

1942: The Philippine capital of Manila is captured by Japanese forces during World War II
http://corregidor.org/_morton/html/lm_04_05.htm

1942-01-02 Les Japonais entrent dans Manille

1974: Khmer Rouges bomb Phnom-Penh, making 17 dead

1987: After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines current constitution is adopted by 76,37% of the voters (in effect on February 11)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution
http://www.lawphil.net/consti/cons1987.html

2011: Indonesia files terrorism charges against cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for coordinating and financing an armed training camp in the northern Sumatran province of Aceh
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/asia/03indo.html?_r=1&ref=asia

 

Holidays and observances

Théophane Vénard (one of Vietnamese Martyrs)

Philippines: Constitution Day

On 2 February in Japan’s history

ON 2 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1580: Death of Bessho Nagaharu, Japanese daimyo, born in 1558
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Bessho_Nagaharu

1868: Pro-Imperial forces capture Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Osaka_castle

1937: Koki Hirota, Japanese Prime Minister since March 1936 is replaced by Senjuro Hayashi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dki_Hirota
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senj%C5%ABr%C5%8D_Hayashi

1947: Birth of Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukio_Hatoyama

1984: Birth of Renn Kiriyama, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renn_Kiriyama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lh5WdsE8fg

2013: Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands « at all costs »
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lVkdNZK6bMrg8CNZylNv1M/Japan-PM-vows-to-repel-provocations-amid-island-row.html

 

 

On 2 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1958 Grand Bond

ON 2 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1421: Ming Dynasty officially moved the capital to Beijing
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1174.html

1848: First ship load of Chinese arrive in San Francisco

1895: Birth of Chen Cheng-po, Taiwanese painter, killed on March 25, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Cheng-po
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Chen+Cheng-po&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=CZspT93_EMnZ0QH1-9XFAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

Chen_Cheng_po

1953: US President Eisenhower announces the withdrawal of US navy and the end of the neutralization of Taiwan

1958: The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee launches the “Great Leap Forward ». 45 millions will die
http://chineseposters.net/themes/great-leap-forward.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/opinion/16iht-eddikotter16.html

1958 Grand Bond

1980: Birth of Zhang Jingchu, Chinese actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/03/25/zhang-jingchu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Z73AIwaQ8

1986: The Dalai Lama meets with Pope John Paul II in India
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/03/world/pope-meets-dalai-lama-and-cites-spirituality-of-east.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/8474137/Pope-John-Paul-II-in-pictures.html?image=17

1997: Death of General Qin Jiwei, Chinese Minister of Defence (1988-1992), born in 1914 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-qin-jiwei-1279287.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Jiwei

Qin Jiwei

2009: A protester threws a shoe at Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University and called the Chinese prime minister a « dictator »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7865868.stm

2013: Shinzō Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister vows to defend the Senkaku Islands « at all costs »
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lVkdNZK6bMrg8CNZylNv1M/Japan-PM-vows-to-repel-provocations-amid-island-row.html

2016: Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pope-extends-new-olive-branch-to-china-in-bid-to-mend-ties/article28510552/