Monthly Archives: 一月 2016

China jails Xinjiang democracy activist for 19 years: lawyer

By Afp

China has jailed an activist in its volatile northwestern Xinjiang region for 19 years over online posts criticising the ruling Communist Party and for giving interviews to foreign media, his lawyer said Friday. Continue reading

China extends reach to take Hong Kong’s freedom of speech away

Nathan VanderKlippe
HONG KONG — The Globe and Mail

hong-kong21nw1Lee Bo had reason to be suspicious when he got a phone call just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 from someone who wanted to place an order for 10 copies of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The bookseller didn’t know the caller, a potential red flag at a fraught time. Four of Mr. Lee’s colleagues had vanished months earlier, shocking Hong Kong and raising worry that China is abducting people it wants to silence. Continue reading

China Bans New Book by Late Scholar of Communist Party History

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Mao Zedong, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, arrives in Yan’an, Shaanxi province, after the Long March, Oct. 15, 1935. Pigiste/Xinhua/AFP

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has stopped publication of a collection of essays by a well-known historian whose books have never yet been available outside Hong Kong. Continue reading

Swedish activist Peter Dahlin ‘confesses’ on China TV

A detained Swedish rights activist has appeared on Chinese state television apparently confessing to breaking the law through his group’s activities.

Peter Dahlin has been held since early January amid a crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists. Continue reading

China pulls lawyers and activists into a dark zone of fear

By Editorial Board January 18 at 6:32 PM

Human rights lawyer Wang Yu talks during an interview with Reuters in Beijing in this March 1, 2014 photo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

Human rights lawyer Wang Yu talks during an interview with Reuters in Beijing in 2014. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

FOR ALL the semblance of a judicial system, with lawyers, judges and prosecutors, China’s courts remain a tool of a party-state that sees itself as above the law. People can be detained for months — they simply disappear — and only later formally charged or tried. In China, detention means being sucked into the vortex of arbitrary rule. Continue reading

A Look at “Mr. Six”

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Guan Hu, director of “Mr. Six.” Image via Youtube user: Yitiao Video 一条视频,

Guan Hu’s newest movie resonates with the Cultural Revolution generation, but the film has one fatal flaw. Continue reading

Missing Hong Kong bookseller appears on state television, claiming he turned himself in over 11-year-old drink-driving death

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In a video interview with a bookseller missing since November, he says he was afraid of going to jail and thought he’d better run – despite being given a suspended sentence for the offence in 2004 Continue reading

Book on Chinese president pulled as fears grow for missing Hong Kong publishers

US-based writer Yu Jie says publication of Xi Jinping’s Nightmare was halted as the industry ‘wants to stay out of trouble’ after five booksellers have vanished

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Chinese dissident author Yu Jie. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The author of a book which criticises Chinese president Xi Jinping has said its publication has been suspended in Hong Kong, because its publisher was fearful of the “huge consequences” of its release, following the mysterious disappearance of five of the city’s publishers in recent months. Continue reading