China to Try Tiananmen Protest Veteran After Months of Delay: Lawyer

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on December 23, 2016 Chen Yunfei, a veteran rights activist in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan who was detained after visiting the grave of a Tiananmen massacre victim in 2015, will stand trial on Dec. 26 on public order charges following repeated delays (read more…)

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In China, a Nobel Peace Prize winner remains behind bars

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Originally published by Nikkei Asian Review on December 11, 2016 HONG KONG — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday received his Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a civil war that had raged for more than half a century. The medal and honor was conferred to him in person (read more…)

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3 Chinese Rights Activists Vanish, Apparently in State Crackdown

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Originally published by The New York Times on November 30, 2016 HONG KONG — Three prominent Chinese rights activists appear to have been detained in recent weeks by the police, part of a continuing crackdown on groups operating outside the umbrella of the state, advocacy groups say. The men, Jiang Tianyong, Huang (read more…)

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Family of Chinese human rights lawyer fear he may have been secretly detained

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Originally published by The Guardian on November 30, 2016 Friends and family of a respected Christian attorney who has been missing for more than a week fear he may have fallen victim to Beijing’s campaign against human rights lawyers and now languishes in secret custody. Jin Bianling, the wife of 45-year-old rights (read more…)

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Founder of Chinese citizen news site taken from his home during police raid as crackdown continues

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Originally published by HKFP on November 30, 2016 The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained after police searched his home. Huang Qi is the third well-known rights defence figure in China to disappear or be detained in a fortnight, after the disappearances of lawyer Jiang Tianyong and citizen journalist Liu Feiyue, (read more…)

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Xinjiang court upholds ‘extraordinarily harsh’ 19-year sentence for outspoken writer Zhang Haitao

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Originally published by HKFP on November 29, 2016 A Xinjiang court struck down an appeal on Monday over the 19-year sentence of writer and activist Zhang Haitao. Zhang was sentenced in January to 15 years for “inciting subversion of state power” and a shorter sentence for “providing intelligence to those outside borders.” He filed an (read more…)

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China failing to deliver on human rights promises, NGO tells UN

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Originally published by HKFP on November 24, 2016 An assessment by rights groups has found “large discrepancies” between the Chinese government’s promises and its actions concerning human rights. The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders – a group of Chinese and international human rights NGOs – released the report on Tuesday. The (read more…)

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China failing to deliver on human rights promises, NGO tells UN

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Originally published by HKFP on November 24, 2016 An assessment by rights groups has found “large discrepancies” between the Chinese government’s promises and its actions concerning human rights. The network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders – a group of Chinese and international human rights NGOs – released the report on Tuesday. (read more…)

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China persigue a candidatos independientes en los únicos comicios que celebra

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Originally published by Terra on November 15, 2016 China celebró hoy elecciones para elegir a los diputados de asambleas legislativas locales en pueblos y algunas ciudades del país, pero los comicios estuvieron estrictamente controlados por las autoridades y varios candidatos independientes fueron detenidos o amenazados para que no lograran un asiento. En (read more…)

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China harasses independent candidates for low-level offices

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Originally published by Associated Press  on November 15, 2016 BEIJING — Liu Huizhen, a petite, soft-spoken farmer’s daughter who wants to serve her community, might seem an unlikely threat to China’s all-powerful Communist Party. Yet, as Chinese vote Tuesday for low-level representatives, authorities have responded to Liu’s bid as an independent (read more…)

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Les avocats chinois mis hors la loi

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Originally published by Liberation on October 30, 2016 «C’est une opération politique de très grande ampleur. Le pouvoir chinois a sans doute estimé que nous étions devenus trop nuisibles. Ces nouvelles régulations sont un instrument pour nous supprimer.»L’homme qui se confie dans ce petit square de Pékin et dont il (read more…)

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Rights Groups Slam China’s Record Ahead of U.N. Council Vote

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on October 26, 2016 Prominent rights activists and campaigners have called on democratic members of the United Nations to block China’s re-election on Friday for another two-year term on its Human Rights Council. The New York-based Human Rights Watch cited China as a current council (read more…)

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