Monthly Archives: 八月 2015

China Religious Rights Lawyer Given 6 Months of Detention

 

wpid-wp-1441083362061.jpgFILE – Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin.

Hai Yan
August 31, 2015 4:37 PM

HONG KONG—Attorneys in China have confirmed that a prominent human rights lawyer has been put under six months of residential surveillance after being taken away by police from a Christian church in Wenzhou.

Colleagues of Zhang Kai told VOA Monday he has been confined on suspicion of “endangering state security “and “disturbing the public order,” two charges that are routinely brought against dissidents in China.

Human rights activists have told VOA that after taking away Zhang Kai and two assistants, Wenzhou police also detained more than 10 Christians, including pastors. Some have since been released, but most are still in custody.

The fate of Zhang’s assistants is not clear.

VOA called police in Wenzhou, but was unable to get a comment about the case.

Zhang was one of more than 100 human rights lawyers who were rounded up by Chinese authorities in July. His colleagues say he was later released after being warned not to hold any law lectures or represent any church cases.

He had been representing churches which have been battling official attempts to tear down crucifixes and houses of worship in Wenzhou. According to religious rights groups, about 1,500 crucifixes have been torn down in Zhejiang province, which includes Wenzhou. Several churches have been demolished.

Liu Xiaoyuan, another rights protection lawyer, told VOA that residential surveillance “are usually hotels, so the investigators can contact the parties directly. The party is left alone in the room, and the investigator keeps watch on him every day. This cause more psychological stress.”

He added that authorities use the charge of “endangering state security“ to prevent the lawyers from meeting with their clients.
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China Jails 45 Over Illegal Border Crossings in Northwestern Xinjiang

2015-08-28

image (14)Two recently sentenced human smugglers are shown at their trial in Xinjiang in an undated photo.
From the Internet

Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang have handed down jail terms to alleged human traffickers for helping people cross the border and illegally leave China, official media reported.

Forty-five people were tried in 10 separate cases in parts of the region near Continue reading

Setting a Stage for Kindness in Chinese Society

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW August 27, 2015

In the children’s play “Five Fools,” Circus Master, right, learns a lesson about the power of kindness as she pressures Little Flower, left, to talk.
Wang Zhaohui

26sino-letter01-articleLargeAt the Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing last week, Circus Master was torturing Little Flower because she would not speak and was ruining the show.

She ordered Clown and Strong Man — other members of her troupe Continue reading

China Detains Lawyer in Zhejiang Amid Ongoing Cross Demolition Program

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Lawyer Zhang Kai (C) is shown with two assistants in Wenzhou, Aug. 25, 2015.
Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have detained a top Beijing rights lawyer who was advising local Christians in their bid to resist the demolition of crosses from local churches.

Zhang Kai had recently been based in the coastal city of Wenzhou, Continue reading

Hong Kong Charges Occupy Central Leaders With Public Order Offenses

2015-08-27

Occupy Central leader Joshua Wong speaks to the media after a vote at the city’s legislature in Hong Kong, June 18, 2015.
AFP
The face of last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong, Joshua Wong, hit out on Thursday after being charged by police for his role in the mass protests for universal suffrage in the former British colony.

Wong, 18, who could face a jail term of up to five years, Continue reading

Taiwan Turns Down Asylum Request by 1989 Chinese Democracy Activist

By Ka Pa and Wei Ling

2015-08-26

image (1)Rights activist Gong Yujian (R) and former Tiananmen student leader Wu’er Kaixi (L) meet in Taiwan in an undated photo.
(Photo courtesy of Gong Yujian)
UPDATED at 12:42 P.M. EST on 26-08-2015

A veteran Chinese dissident who applied for political asylum in Taiwan during a tourist visit to the democratic island has had his application refused, he told RFA on Wednesday.

Gong Yujian, who served time in a labor camp in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Continue reading

Science-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW August 25, 2015

24SINO-LIU02-articleLargeLiu Cixin won the 2015 Hugo Award for
Courtesy of Liu Cixin

The Chinese writer Liu Cixin has won the 2015 Hugo Award for best science-fiction novel. It is the first time the prestigious prize has gone to a Chinese writer and the first time that multiple finalists were originally written in languages other than English, the World Science Fiction Society announced.

The award is for “The Three-Body Problem,” Continue reading

China Probes Another Top Rights Lawyer For ‘Subversion’

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Activists in Hong Kong demonstrate for the release of rights lawyers detained on the Chinese mainland, Aug. 25, 2015.
RFA

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin have confirmed they are investigating a top rights lawyer of “subversion,” amid growing calls for the release of dozens of people in a nationwide crackdown on the country’s embattled legal profession.

Bao Longjun, who was detained alongside his wife and fellow rights lawyer Wang Yu on July 9, Continue reading