Monthly Archives: 十一月 2015

Gao Yu: Court upholds verdict for jailed Chinese journalist

_86883454_030276003-1Ms Gao, seen here in a 2007 file picture, is a well-known investigative journalist

A Chinese court has upheld a guilty verdict against a senior journalist accused of leaking state secrets, her lawyer said.

Gao Yu did, however, receive a reduced sentence from seven years to five years in prison.

Ms Gao, who is 71, was found guilty last April and appealed her Continue reading

China’s President Praises Hu Yaobang, a Fallen Party Reformer

November 22, 2015

20huyaobang02-articleLarge-v2Students in Beijing on April 22, 1989, after the death of Hu Yaobang, who had been removed as Communist Party general secretary two years earlier. His death set off weeks of protests.
Catherine Henriette/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

China’s staunchly traditionalist Communist leader, Xi Jinping, paid tribute on Friday to a predecessor, Hu Yaobang, who was in many ways his opposite in temperament and politics.

Mr. Hu was a passionate liberalizer in the 1980s, Continue reading

Chinese Lawyer’s Solitary Confinement Amounts to ‘Slow Torture’: Wife



Guo Feixiong in a file photo.
Photo courtesy of Guo Feixiong

The wife of a Chinese rights lawyer who has been in movement-restricted solitary confinement with no fresh air or exercise for more than two years has hit out at his inhumane treatment as Beijing’s torture record is reviewed by the United Nations.

U.S.-based Zhang Qing, wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Continue reading

China’s Plan to ‘Rank’ Lawyers Faces Criticism

temp_15112023459558Joyce Huang

November 20, 2015 5:32 AM

China has drawn international criticism over a crackdown on human rights lawyers this year, and there are reports that authorities may be planning even broader restrictions over the legal profession.

Remin University law professor Chen Weidong, who has helped draft legislation including amendments to China’s criminal law, said authorities may soon launch a mechanism to Continue reading

Activists Shout For a ‘Democratic China’ in Guangzhou Subversion Trial


image (52)Chinese activists Xiewen Fei (L) and Wang Mo (R) are pictured in an undated photo.
(Photo courtesy of activists)

Two Chinese activists who publicly supported last year’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong stood trial for subversion at a court in the southern province of Guangdong on Thursday, their lawyers said.

Xie Wenfei and Wang Mo appeared at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday charged with “incitement to subvert state power” in a trial Continue reading

Protester Held in Beijing Amid Tight Security on Hu Yaobang Anniversary


e69a5a15-7ca3-473e-8eed-44fc861cf10aCrowds watch the unveiling of a statue of Hu Yaobang in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, in a file photo.
As the ruling Chinese Communist Party elite marked the centenary of a late ousted premier famed for reversing many of the injustices of the regime, police on Tiananmen Square detained a blind activist from Shanghai after he handed out leaflets protesting against government corruption.

In the highest-level public recognition Continue reading

China: One year after court upholds life sentence, Uyghur PEN member Ilham Tohti must be released

ilham685Tohti, PEN International is renewing its call on the Chinese authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally. Continue reading

Families of Deported Chinese Activists Leave Thailand For Canada


Jiang Yefei’s wife Gu Shuhua (1st right) and the couple’s daughter Dong Xuerui (2nd right) with activists ahead of their departure from Bangkok, Nov. 18, 2015.
Photo courtesy of an activist.
The families of two Chinese democracy activists handed over to Beijing by the Thai authorities left Bangkok en route to Canada for resettlement as refugees, Continue reading