Chinese dissident stands trial after 2 years in detention

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Originally published by AP on August 14, 2017 A prominent activist who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher as he put pressure on local Chinese officials he said had done wrong stood trial Monday accused of subverting state power, a court confirmed. Wu Gan’s one-day trial took place and the verdict will be announced (read more…)

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China led to ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow; lawyer files complaint to UN

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Originally published by AFP on August 3, 2017 Beijing: China’s government is responsible for the “enforced disappearance” of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow, her US-based lawyer has said in a formal complaint filed to the United Nations. Beijing faced a global backlash for its treatment of Liu Xiaobo when he (read more…)

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Sorrow, anger over death of jailed Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo

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Originally published by AP on July 14, 2017 World leaders and human rights advocates have expressed sorrow and anger over the death of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in police custody while being treated for advanced liver cancer in prison. They also condemned the Chinese government (read more…)

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China accused of ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow: lawyer

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Originally published by AFP on August 3, 2017 China’s government is responsible for the “enforced disappearance” of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow, her lawyer said on Wednesday in a formal complaint. Beijing faced a global backlash for its treatment of Liu when he died of liver cancer last month. Liu Xia (read more…)

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Chinese Court Sentences Activist Who Documented Protests to 4 Years in Prison

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Originally published by New York Times on August 4, 2017 HONG KONG — A court in southern China sentenced a blogger to four years in prison for his work documenting mass unrest around the country. The blogger, Lu Yuyu, was convicted Thursday of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by a court in the city (read more…)

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Calls Grow For Liu Xia, Widow of Late Dissident, to be Allowed to Leave China

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on July 14, 2017 China on Friday hit out at the international community for its support of late democracy activist and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died on Thursday in the northeastern province of Liaoning, as activists continued their calls for his wife Liu Xia to be allowed to leave China. (read more…)

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Global leaders urge China to release Liu Xiaobo’s wife

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Originally published by Nikkei Asian Review on July 14, 2017 Dissident’s death brings wave of criticism of Beijing — and major democracies BANGKOK — Western leaders, human rights activists and Chinese survivors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown have called on Beijing to free Liu Xia, the wife of the late (read more…)

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Chinese human rights lawyers remain defiant despite crackdown

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Originally published by Deutsche Welle on July 10, 2017 Two years after China’s unprecedented crackdown on human rights lawyers, criticism abounds that authorities appear resolute and relentless in their efforts to suppress civil society. But activists say they won’t give up. Chen Guiqiu hasn’t seen her husband, Xie Yang, for two (read more…)

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China’s Crackdown on Lawyers Prompts Calls for Probe into Torture Allegations

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Originally published by Voice of America  on July 7, 2017 This Sunday marks two years since China began a sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers, sparking an international outcry about the mistreatment of detainees in custody. The release two months ago of human rights lawyer Li Heping is one case (read more…)

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Ailing Dissident’s Case Fits a Pattern in Chinese Prisons, Critics Say

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Originally published by New York Times on July 10, 2017 BEIJING — One Chinese activist died after the authorities ignored pleas to treat her liver disease while she was in detention. Another was left with years of chronic pain after prison doctors misdiagnosed a problem with his pancreas. Accusations that Liu Xiaobo, the (read more…)

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China labor activist sentenced to 4 ½ years for subversion

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Originally published by AP on July 7, 2017 BEIJING –  Veteran Chinese labor activist Liu Xiaoming has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison on the charge of inciting subversion of state power after he published his personal account of the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups reported (read more…)

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China Jails Labor Activist for 4-1/2 Years

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Originally published by Reuters on July 7, 2017 HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Friday jailed a labor activist for 4-1/2 years following more than two years in detention on a subversion charge over a published account of the Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989. Police in the (read more…)

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