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Three Human Rights Defenders Held in Unknown Locations, ‘at Risk of Torture’


Detained Chinese rights lawyer Xie Yang, in undated photo. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

Concerns are mounting over the continued detention of three prominent Chinese rights defenders all detained or “disappeared” last month, rights group said. Continue reading

China Postpones Activist’s Subversion Trial, Wife Still Missing

Chinese democracy activist Qin Yongmin and wife Zhao Suli

Chinese democracy activist Qin Yongmin and wife Zhao Suli are shown in a photo from October 2013. Photo courtesy of rosechina.net

Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan once more prolonged the pretrial detention of a veteran democracy activist for subversion on Thursday amid growing concerns over the safety of his ‘disappeared’ wife. Continue reading

Concerns Mount For Detained Chinese Lawyers on ‘Disappearance Day’

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A screen shot from the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group’s Facebook page showing detained family members and attorneys, June 7, 2016. RFA

Concerns are growing for the safety of dozens of human rights lawyers and associates locked up in an unknown location by the Chinese authorities in a crackdown that started in July 2015, as the international community marks a day of concern for the victims of enforced disappearances. Continue reading

Chinese Legal Assistant Moved Amid Fears of Abuse in Detention

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Detained legal assistant Zhou Wei is shown in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of New Citizens Movement

Following unconfirmed reports that she was sexually abused in detention, authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin have transferred a legal assistant jailed during last year’s nationwide police operation targeting human rights lawyers to an unknown location, RFA has learned. Continue reading

Daughter of Swedish Bookseller Says He is Illegally Held in China on Dubious Charges

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Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are shown by members of the Civic Party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong, Jan. 19, 2016. AFP

The daughter of a Swedish national, who was detained by China under opaque circumstances, is calling on the United States to press Beijing for his release. Continue reading

China Holds Writer, Publisher Over Dissent, ‘Forbidden Books’

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Sichuan author Tie Liu in an undated photo. File photo

Authorities in China’s southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Guangxi have detained a writer and a publisher who published politically ‘sensitive’ material, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign against any form of political dissent. Continue reading

Prominent Chinese Writer Taken by Police ‘for Tea’

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Huang Zerong, better known by his pen name Tie Liu, is seen in a photo from social media.

A prominent Chinese writer living under police surveillance in China’s southwestern city of Chengdu has been missing for nearly a week, according to friends and relatives. Continue reading

Cracks Appear in Hong Kong’s Status as Separate Jurisdiction: Reports

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The now-closed Causeway Bay bookstore in Hong Kong, Jan. 10, 2016. AFP

The disappearances of five Hong Kong booksellers represent a “breach” of the terms of the city’s handover to China, known as the “one country, two systems” policy, the U.S. State Department said in a report this week. Continue reading