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1st SEPTEMBER 2017
China Tries to Muzzle Rights Lawyers Defending ‘Politically Sensitive’ Cases
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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”.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
China tightens control over instant messaging
Move will curtail growing use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news
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
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
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 »
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
13 JANUARY 2014
China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism
The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ».
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ».
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.
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.
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.
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. »
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 AUGUST 2013
China’s legal system leading to ‘terrorism’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 JULY 2013
China detains activist Xu Zhiyong
China has detained a lawyer known for his anti-corruption and human rights campaigns, reports say.
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 ».
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
19 APRIL 2013
Eight Anti-Corruption Activists Detained in China
Chinese authorities have detained eight anti-corruption activists over their participation in a signature drive that calls on central government officials to disclose their assets. Although there is widespread public support for officials to disclose such information, government efforts to promote the policy appear to be slowing. Rights lawyers in Beijing say the activists have been taken into custody in recent days on suspicion of unlawful assembly http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-corruption-activists-detained-in-china/1645053.html
17 APRIL 2013
Chinese journalists banned from quoting foreign media
Chinese journalists and newspapers have been officially banned from quoting foreign media reports in their stories. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9999880/Chinese-journalists-banned-from-quoting-foreign-media.html
13 APRIL 2013
Mother of Hunan child rape victim loses labor camp suit
A court in central China’s Hunan province on Friday rejected a demand for compensation by the mother of a young rape victim who is suing a local authority for putting her into a labor camp for petitioning. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=11&id=20130413000084
4 APRIL 2013
Christian arrested in Shanxi for daring to bring books to Christian residents
Li Wenxi ran a bookstore in Beijing. In December, he decides to go in Taiyuan, in the north of the country, to help local faithful open a bookstore. However, the police laid a trap for him, seize all his stuff and threw him in jail. « Don’t you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi, » they told him. After his desperate wife turned to the Internet, his story was reposted across the blogosphere. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-arrested-in-Shanxi-for-daring-to-bring-books-to-Christian-residents-27568.html
29 MARCH 2013
Chinese Nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo’s brother-in-law arrested on fraud charges
Police have arrested the brother-in-law of China’s jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo on fraud charges, in what the family said is the latest act of official retaliation
11 MARCH 2013
Beyond censors’ reach, free expression thrives, to a point
On March 24, 2012, investigative journalist Yang Haipeng posted on his Sina Weibo microblog a story he had heard that alleged a link between Neil Heywood, an English businessman who had been found dead in a Chongqing hotel, and Bo Xilai, the powerful Chongqing Communist Party chief. His post is widely recognized as the first significant public mention of a connection between the two men and it spread like wildfire online before being deleted the next day. A month later, Yang’s Sina Weibo account, which had 247,000 followers, was shut down. http://www.cpj.org/reports/2013/03/challenged-china-media-censorship-weibo-expression.php
7 MARCH 2013
Arrests and beatings, the « dark side » of the National Assembly
Just like every year around sensitive political gatherings, police and the authorities clamp down with raids and interrogations to prevent high profile dissidents and democratic activists from disrupting the Party sessions http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Arrests-and-beatings,-the-dark-side-of-the-National-Assembly-27324.html
27 FEBRUARY 2013
China: 100+ leading intellectuals sign human rights petition
More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress. http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/ http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752
Chinese environmentalist beaten after calling on official to swim in polluted creek
A Chinese environmentalist was allegedly subjected to a vicious five-hour attack after attempting to draw attention to the putrid state of the country’s waterways by challenging a local official to swim in a creek near his home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9896761/Chinese-environmentalist-beaten-after-calling-on-official-to-swim-in-polluted-creek.html
15 FEBRUARY 2013
Forced labour in China, the release of dissidents begins
The government opens the gates of the « re-education through labor « for some dissidents, who will finish serving their sentences under house arrest. The measure does not include the bishops and Catholic priests who are paying for their fidelity to the Holy See. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Forced-labour-in-China,-the-release-of-dissidents-begins-27150.html
11 FEBRUARY 2013
China tightens concert rules after Elton John’s ‘disrespectful’ Beijing show
Chinese authorities have hardened their line on foreign musicians, after Elton John infuriated them by dedicating a performance to outspoken artist and activist Ai Weiwei, according to industry sources. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/11/china-tightens-concert-rules-after-elton-johns-disrespectful-beijing-show/
5 FEBRUARY 2013
Ten sentenced over China ‘black jails’
Ten people have been sentenced to prison for illegally detaining petitioners who had travelled to Beijing, to appeal to the government, state media reported, in a possible sign the government is trying to rein in abuses. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132575754716886.html
26 JANUARY 2013
Asylums and mutilation: China’s new forms of torture while the central government debates
whether to reform the system of « re-education through labor » cases of human rights violations multiply and worsen. The story of Chen Qingxia, wife of a mentally ill man, beaten until she lost the use of her legs as she tried to present his petition to the central government. Her husband was interned in a psychiatric hospital and her 12 year old son has disappeared into thin air.
24 JANUARY 2013
Pregnant Chinese Woman Sent to Labor Camp
49-year-old Liu Yuling is six months pregnant. She’s not at home preparing for birth though. She’s serving a one-year forced labor sentence at the Masanjia labor camp in Liaoning province. http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-24/pregnant-chinese-woman-sent-to-labor-camp.html
22 JANUARY 2013
For the Chinese New Year « write to Gao Zhisheng, in jail for seeking justice »
The call comes from Hu Jia, one of the country’s best-known dissidents, who said: « It does not matter whether Gao received them or not, because the number of cards he received would make the authorities treat him with more respect and improve his conditions inside the jail. » After almost a year, the family can meet him for 30 minutes « but without talking about politics. »
20 JANUARY 2012
Double trouble for China
China is among the least free societies in the world and suffers from a dangerously high rate of income inequality according to two reports this week from Freedom House and the Chinese government’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). http://thediplomat.com/china-power/double-trouble-for-china/
7 JANUARY 2013
Protesters in China call for press freedom
The protesters gathered outside the office of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong province, on Monday calling for media freedom, a taboo subject in the country, holding banners and chanting slogans. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131765743709723.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangzhou,-journalists-revolt-terrorizes-Party-26793.html
China to reform controversial forced labour camps
China will reform its controversial system of forced labour camps this year, state media reported on Monday, which would mark a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi inping. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130107-393943.html http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/asia/china-says-it-will-overhaul-re-education-system.html?ref=asia&_r=0
4 JANUARY 2013
Guangdong: journalists criticize Party propaganda and censorship
Press freedom « raped ». Head of provincial propaganda under attack after forcing the publication of an editorial lauding party achievements and removing newspaper editorial calling for the implementation of the constitution. Open letter from journalists blocked online; their microblog threatened. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangdong:-journalists-criticise-Party-propaganda-and-censorship-26769.html
3 JANUARY 2013
Shenzhen: police officer gets 14 years in prison for his pro-democracy activity
After eight months in jail without trial, Wang Dengchao, a police officer in favour of democratic reforms in China gets a harsh sentence after being convicted by a court in Luohu. Afraid that the military might join the people in the fight for freedom, the Communist party is using an iron fist against any form of unrest http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shenzhen:-police-officer-gets-14-years-in-prison-for-his-pro-democracy-activity-26762.html
28 DECEMBER 2008
China’s new law intensifies online clampdown
China has unveiled tighter Internet controls, including legalising the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain « illegal » information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121228122858304837.html
25 DECEMBER 2012
Quake Activist Gets Five-Year Term
A Chinese campaigner for victims of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake is ordered jailed for ‘disrupting public order.’
21 DECEMBER 2012
China Censorship Not Improving Under New Leaders, Analysts Say
Analysts say China’s new Communist Party leaders are giving no indication they intend to relax the country’s tough online censorship laws.
14 DECEMBER 2012
Three Reasons to Free Liu Xiaobo
The wrongful conviction of Liu Xiaobo was based on a false premise; that citizens who hold different opinions [from the ruling Chinese Communist Party] are « dangerous elements. »
11 DECEMBER 2012
China bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin stripped of title
Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his split from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) on Tuesday during his own ordination as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai which had been approved by Pope Benedict XVI in July.
7 DECEMBER 2012
Nobel Prize winning author Mo Yan says censorship is necessary
This year’s Nobel Prize in literature winner, Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his membership in China’s Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country’s government, has defended censorship as something as necessary as airport security checks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9728801/Nobel-Prize-winning-author-Mo-Yan-says-censorship-is-necessary.html
6 DECEMBER 2012
Nobel peace prize winer’s wife Liu Xia describes ‘Kafkaesque’ house arrest
The wife of China’s Nobel Peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo has spoken out from under house arrest for the first time in more than two years, describing the Kafkaesque conditions she is being kept in.
5 DECEMBER 2012
China war veteran, 80, sent to labour camp: Son
An 80 year old Chinese war veteran spent a year and a half in a « re-education » camp for trying to complain about a policeman, his son said, the latest in a series of high-profile labour camp cases.
2 DECEMBER 2012
In rare case, Beijing court sentences ‘petitioner interceptors’
A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.
30 NOVEMBER 2012
Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s nephew jailed
The nephew of the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been jailed for three years after assaulting local officials who were searching for his uncle
29 NOVEMBER 2012
Jiangsu Holds Environmental Activist
Chinese authorities accuse her of having joined an overseas democracy movement. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/environment-11292012120132.html
23 NOVEMBER 2012
The hero who denounced poisoned milk dead after a beating
Jiang Weisuo, 44, shocked China and the world with his complaints of industrial pollution in children’s milk factories. In early November he had been beaten bloody by an « unknown individual. » Police arrest a suspect but won’t reveal the details
22 NOVEMBER 2012
Child Deaths Reporter Held
A Chinese journalist who broke the story about the shocking death of five runaway boys in a dumpster in the southwestern province of Guizhou has « disappeared » after being forced into a vehicle by police, rights activists said.
1 NOVEMBER 2012
China opposition party lasts a day, founder gets 8 years in prison
A court in China has sentenced a man to eight years in prison for trying to form an opposition party and for online messages criticizing the ruling Chinese Communist Party, a week ahead of a congress which will usher in a new generation of leaders.
14 OCTOBER 2012
China writers praise Mo Yan for dissident release call
An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech
13 OCTOBER 2012
Hainan, activist publishes free book on pollution; arrested for illegal earnings
Futang Liu, an ecologist, is likely to get two to five years in prison. Charged with illegally receiving funding from some environmental groups. In recent months, the man had issued 18 thousand free copies of a book-length investigation against the pollution of the industrial giants in China
27 SEPTEMBER 2012
Ai Weiwei slams judge as court rejects appeal
A Chinese court upheld a $2.4 million tax evasion fine against China’s most famous dissident Ai Weiwei on Thursday, ending his long legal battle with the authorities but paving the way for him to be jailed if he does not pay
1 SEPTEMBER 2012
China dissident Chen accepts Taiwan visit invitation
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese lawmakers said Saturday, in a move likely to anger China
31 AUGUST 2012
China frees Yahoo! dissident after 10 years
A Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by US Internet giant Yahoo! was released from prison on Friday after serving a 10-year term for subversion, his wife said
26 AUGUST 2012
« Hundreds of Thousands » Victim of Psychiatric Abuse in China: Report
Sent to psychiatric institutions against their will—that’s what’s happening to thousands of Chinese people each year, according to a Hong Kong base human rights group
2 AUGUST 2012
Government wants more transparency, i.e. more control over NGOs
China’s Communist leaders are still unable to find a way to deal with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Although they are increasingly proving necessary for the country’s social development in support of the weakest segments of the population, they continue to be viewed with suspicion by the state. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-wants-more-transparency,-i.e.-more-control-over-NGOs-25456.html
27 JULY 2012
China activist Ni Yulan’s jail term reduced
An appeals court in China has dismissed disabled land rights activist Ni Yulan’s fraud conviction, reducing her jail time by two months. Ms Ni, who is a lawyer, will still remain in jail because of a public disturbance conviction.
24 JULY 2012
The battle for democracy in China is changing gear
A group of Chinese lawyers asks the regime to shed light on the death of Li Wangyang and to end the suspicious deaths in custody, the blind dissident Li Guizhi is helped to escape and hid from government repression, activists in Hong Kong are increasingly asking Beijing for democracy and human rights. The communist regime reacts the same way: forced labour and summary arrests. But while dialogue with the United States seems at a standstill, the movement inside the China appears increasingly determined.
21 JULY 2012
Another blind activist escapes Chinese custody
Her flight follows that of Chen Guangcheng. Li Guizhi, a 57-year-old blind woman, was arrested on 1 July trying to enter Hong Kong for a pro-democracy rally. Her relatives helped her flee. She is currently hiding out at a secret location in Hebei province.
20 JULY 2012
Ai Weiwei loses tax evasion case
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei lost his lawsuit against the Beijing tax bureau in a local court hearing Friday, leaving him still subject to tax evasion charges and more than $2 million in fines. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/20/world/asia/ai-weiwei-tax-evasion-appeal/index.
18 JULY 2012
Fears of Chinese media crackdown ahead of leadership transition
The apparent toppling of two senior newspaper executives in Shanghai has triggered claims that Chinese authorities are conducting a pre-emptive crackdown on the media in the lead up to this year’s crucial leadership transition
10 JULY 2012
China bishop, named by Rome, held in his seminary
A Chinese priest who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary, in a move likely to further strain relations between Beijing and the Vatican.
21 JUNE 2012
Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu scoops German book prize
Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu Thursday won the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »
Man poisoned by the authorities in Fuzhou to stop his petition
For the last two years, Mao Qiping had sought redress after his house was demolished. He had also led a fight with fellow residents against illegal land grab. After following him, unidentified men beat him with metal rods and injected him with a chemical substance. He died after two days of agony. Like in Li Wangyang’s case, police said it was an « accident ».
20 JUNE 2012
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei warned not to attend his own court case
The Chinese artist and social activist was noticeably absent from opening arguments at a Beijing courtroom after he was warned off by police. Instead, Ai, 54, stayed home at his studio while his wife, Lu Qing, represented their design company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., with a team of lawyers. http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12318406-chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-warned-not-to-attend-his-own-court-case?lite http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/china-ai-weiwei/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
15 JUNE 2012
Hunan authorities reopen Li Wangyang’s case: it was not suicide
A provincial spokesman confirms that domestic and international public opinion « convinced » the authorities to ask for the help of a team of experts to shed light on the death of the dissident who was found hanging under police guard. However, the body was cremated right after the death
6 JUNE 2012
Top China dissident found dead
Leading Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, jailed for more than 22 years after the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, died in strange circumstances in central China Wednesday, his family and rights groups said.
1 JUNE 2012
Regaining moral high ground? Google tells Chinese when they’re being censored
“Starting today we’ll notify users in mainland China when they enter a keyword that may cause connection issues,” Alan Eustace, a Senior Vice President for Google, wrote on the company’s Inside Search blog on Thursday 31. “By prompting people to revise their queries, we hope to reduce these disruptions and improve our user experience from mainland China.”
29 MAY 2012
New rules for Chinese microbloggers
A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on « sensitive » subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours
28 MAY 2012
Father of Tiananmen victim commits suicide after years of official obstruction
The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress, a support group has said
26 MAY 2012
First a Black Hood, Then 81 Captive Days for an Artist in China
The policeman yanked the black hood over Ai Weiwei’s head. It was suffocating. Written in white across the outside was a cryptic phrase: “Suspect 1.7.”…..
24 MAY 2012
Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutality
Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims
19 MAY 2012
China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he was gratified by the way the Chinese government had dealt with his situation with « restraint and calm » after arriving in the United States
11 MAY 2012
Chen Kegui Charged with « Intentional Murder », Lawyers Pressured
Lawyers hoping to defend the nephew of blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng are facing an uphill battle. It comes as authorities in Shandong province reportedly charged Chen Kegui with “intentional murder” – though he has not killed anyone
4 MAY 2012
For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home
After more than a week of high-level diplomacy over the fate of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese government was widely seen as making a major concession on Friday by agreeing to allow Mr. Chen to apply to leave for the United States
3 MAY 2012
Chinese dissident Chen seeks asylum in the US
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed for asylum in a telephone call to US lawmakers over fears for his and his family’s safety. Chen sought refuge at the US Embassy before entering the hospital on Wednesday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17947131
2 MAY 2012
Chinese activist Guangcheng leaves US embassy in Beijing
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left Beijing’s US embassy where he had taken refuge after fleeing house arrest last week, officials said Wednesday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive for talks in China starting Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-china-chen-guangcheng-leaves-us-embassy-blind-lawyer-activist http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/2012528554197845.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/china-clinton-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
27 APRIL 2012
China dissident Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest
One of China’s best-known dissidents, Chen Guangcheng, has escaped from house arrest and has released a video addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao
10 APRIL 2012
China land rights lawyer Ni Yulan and husband jailed
The human rights activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were sentenced today to prison for causing « disturbances » and « fraud ». The court has imposed two years and eight months on Ni Yulan, a lawyer with disabilities the result of police beatings, and two years on her husband who helped to vindicate the rights of people who were unfairly dispossessed of land or houses
6 APRIL 2012
Famed Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi dies
Fang Lizhi, a famed Chinese democracy activist, has died in the United States, where he fled in exile more than 20 years ago
27 MARCH 2012
Hangzhou, a dissident sentenced to 4 years for « Arab spring » stifled by Beijing
Xue Mingkai, already a year in prison, was convicted of « subversion of state power ». The movement began in 2011, but stamped out by the violence of the communist regime, which is still hunting activists to throw them in jail
21 MARCH 2012
Chinese Lawyers Chafe at New Oath to Communist Party
China’s Justice Ministry has issued a requirement that new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party, another step in a campaign to rein in lawyers who continue to challenge the political and legal systems by which the party maintains power
19 MARCH 2012
Chinese Activist Is Missing, Rights Group Says
Liu Ping, a rights activist who has angered officials in China with her advocacy of free elections and support of labor and women’s rights issues, has been missing since early this month after she was detained in Beijing by security personnel from her hometown, according to an advocacy group
16 MARCH 2012
China poised to limit use of mental hospitals to curb dissent
The hardest thing about being imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital is keeping your sanity. Li Jinping knows. The 47-year-old political activist spent seven months in Beijing’sChaoyang District Mental Health Center, heavily sedated. If he refused his drugs, he would be tied to his bed
14 MARCH 2012
China passes new law allowing secret detentions
Chinese legislators Wednesday approved changes to the country’s criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations. The nation’s state media applauded the overhaul of the criminal procedure law — the first in more than 15 years — as a step forward for human rights. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/asia/china-criminal-law/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/201231364711376740.html