By CHRIS BUCKLEY NOV. 27, 2015
Yang Maodong, a veteran protester better known by his pen name, Guo Feixiong. Credit Zhang Qing
BEIJING — Yang Maodong, a hardened veteran of political protest in southern China, knew he had virtually no hope of winning his freedom on Friday when he was brought into a courtroom to face a judge’s verdict on charges that he had disturbed public order.
Chinese judges, after all, convict and imprison indicted dissidents with metronomic consistency, reflecting the ruling Communist Party’s control of the courts.
Still, Mr. Yang — a human rights campaigner better Continue reading
Published: November 17, 2015
China claims that it doesn’t have any political prisoners, but in a broad sense all of those who have been jailed or imprisoned for challenging the Chinese Communist Party on behalf of human rights or political justice ought to be considered China’s political prisoners. Before the policy of “reform and opening up” in 1979, counterrevolutionaries and other political prisoners were put under strict guard and treated worse than other criminals, and it was common in those days Continue reading
By EDWARD WONG NOV. 28, 2015
YUSHU, China — When officials forced an informal school run by monks near here to stop offering language classes for laypeople, Tashi Wangchuk looked for a place where his two teenage nieces could continue studying Tibetan.
To his surprise, he could not find one, even though nearly everyone living in this market town on the Tibetan plateau here is Tibetan.
Officials had also ordered other monasteries and a private school in the area not to teach the language to laypeople. And public schools had dropped true bilingual education Continue reading
FILE – Pictures of jailed veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu are displayed by protesters outside Chinese central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.
November 26, 2015 1:50 AM
Chinese authorities have released on medical leave a 71-year-old journalist imprisoned on charges of leaking state secrets.
State media reported the development Continue reading
26 November 2015
Update #3 to RAN 09/14
PEN International is deeply disappointed by the Beijing high court’s decision of 26 November 2015 not to overturn veteran journalist Gao Yu’s conviction for ‘leaking state secrets abroad’. Following a closed hearing held on 24 November, the court ruled to reduce her sentence to five years. PEN continues to condemn her conviction and sentence, and calls for her immediate and unconditional release. Nonetheless, PEN welcomes reports that Gao Yu is due to serve the remainder of her sentence under house arrest due to concerns for her deteriorating health and strongly urges the Chinese authorities to ensure that Gao Yu is afforded adequate medical care. Continue reading
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:33pm EST
Police officers stand guard outside the court house, blocking roads to the Guangzhou People’s Court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou September 12, 2014. REUTERS/James Pomfret/Files
Police officers stand guard outside the court house, blocking roads to the Guangzhou People’s Court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou September 12, 2014.
A prominent Chinese rights activist, Guo Feixiong, was sentenced to six years imprisonment Continue reading
Guo Feixiong in a file photo.
Photo courtesy of Guo Feixiong
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are expected to announce the verdict in the long-delayed case of a prominent human rights activist later this week after holding him in conditions described by his family as ‘slow torture,’ his lawyer said on Monday.
Yang Maodong, better known by his pseudonym Guo Feixiong, will attend a verdict hearing in the provincial capital Guangzhou along with two co-defendants on Friday.
Guo is awaiting the verdict on charges of “gathering a Continue reading
By Wang Mo, published: November 22, 2015
On October 3, 2014, Chinese activists Xie Wenfei (谢文飞, a.k.a. Xie Fengxia 谢丰厦), and Wang Mo (王默, real name Zhang Shengyu 张圣雨) held banners in the streets of Guangzhou, expressing support for the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. They were arrested the same evening and indicted on May 12, 2015, for “inciting subversion of state power.” On Nov. 19, Wang Mo was tried in a Guangzhou court (Zhang had been tried separately a week earlier.) Verdicts in both trials are pending. Following is an abbreviated translation of Wang Mo’s defense. The translation remains unauthorized because permission could not be secured from the writer. – The Editors
Decades ago Chinese Communist Party, crying slogans about opposing corruption, opposing dictatorship, and pursuing liberty and democracy, subverted the Nationalist regime of the Republic of China and drove the Nationalist government to Taiwan. The Republic of China was then Continue reading