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‘She Was The Pride of The Mongolian People’


Inner Mongolian dissident Huuchinhuu is shown in an undated photo provided by her family. RFA

Chinese authorities have shuttered a popular website used by ethnic Mongolians following the death of a veteran dissident writer. Continue reading

Guo Baosheng: Is Death Through Maltreatment Becoming Routine for Chinese Political Prisoners?

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

Family Demands Information After Chinese Activist Dies in Police Custody


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A Chinese rights activist from the southern province of Guangdong has died in a police-run detention center, in what his family says are suspicious circumstances.

Zhang Liumao was reported dead by authorities in the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but his family has been prevented from viewing his body, they told RFA.

Zhang had been charged with “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” Continue reading

China: Government Should Account for Activist’s Detention, Death UN Human Rights Council Should Press Government for Answers

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


(New York) ­– On the second anniversary of Chinese activist Cao Shunli’s arbitrary detention in Beijing, United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) member states should press Continue reading

China Jails Dissident Over Tianjin Blast Death Toll Retweet

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Shen Liangqing, April 2010.
Photo courtesy of Shen Liangqing

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui have jailed veteran activist and whistle-blower Shen Liangqing on public order charges after he retweeted a social media post about last week’s devastating warehouse explosions in Tianjin, his relatives told RFA.

Former state-prosecutor-turned-whistle-blower Shen Liangqing, who wrote a book detailing abuses under the <!–more–>ruling Chinese Communist Party’s internal disciplinary regime, was handed a nine-day administrative sentence by police in the provincial capital, Hefei.

“He went downstairs to buy groceries, and when he came back, I saw three police officers following him,” Shen’s son Shen Li said in an interview on Wednesday.

“He took out his cell phone and gave it to me, so they didn’t confiscate it,” he said. “Then they left.”

He said police had told him his father was being detained on suspicion of “fabricating facts and disturbing public order.”

“He called me [on Tuesday] and told me to bring him some clothes and other items to the Wuhu Road police station,” Shen Li said. “When I went there, he gave me the administrative detention notice.”

According to the notice, Shen Liangqing retweeted a post on a social media platform on Aug. 15, 2015 which said that at least 1,400 people had died in the Tianjin explosions, while more than 700 were still missing.

“This information was not accurate,” the notice said.

Charges ‘unfair’

Shen Li said the charges against his father, a former prosecutor at the Hefei municipal procuratorate, were unfair.

“I don’t think it amounts to fabricating information if you are just retweeting something,” Shen Li said.

“The reason the tweet was not accurate was a lack of openness and transparency on the part of the government,” he added.

China’s propaganda ministry has ordered the country’s tightly controlled media outlets to stick to officially approved news stories, which put the death toll in Tianjin at 114.

Tweets and social media messages linked to the disaster initially gave a real-time glimpse of the two devastating explosions and their aftermath, but were later tracked down and deleted by China’s Internet censors.

China’s draconian Internet agency, the Cyberspace Administration, said it had suspended more than 360 social media accounts since the blasts rocked Tianjin.

Shen Li said if anyone was held responsible, it should be the original poster of the offending tweet.

“I don’t think that retweeting on its own should be a crime,” he said. “Rumors only emerge because the government is closed and secretive. If they were more transparent, they wouldn’t circulate.”

An officer who answered the phone at the Wuhu Road police station in Hefei declined to comment on Shen’s case.

“I don’t know about this,” the officer said.

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US Congress Outraged Over Death of Tibetan Dissident

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Yang Chen
Last updated on: July 15, 2015 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. Congress have expressed outrage over the Continue reading

High-profile Tibetan Monk Dies in Prison in China

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BEIJING—A Tibetan monk who was one of China’s most prominent political prisoners has died in jail, a relative said on Monday, and a rights group Continue reading