China releases 2 prominent rights lawyers after 22 months

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Originally published by ABC News on May 10, 2017 China has released two prominent human rights lawyers detained nearly two years ago, after they allegedly confessed in court to collaborating with foreign organizations and media to smear and subvert Communist Party rule. The two men’s release narrows the list of human (read more…)

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Video: Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘confesses’ in exclusive ‘interview’ [English subtitles]

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Originally published by HKFP on May 10, 2017 Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang has “confessed” to working with foreign media outlets to sensationalise cases. He denied previous claims that he was tortured in an “exclusive interview” with a Hunan TV station. Xie, who had worked on numerous cases considered politically sensitive (read more…)

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China releases two prominent human rights lawyers from prison

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Originally published by Jurist on May 10, 2017 [JURIST] Chinese human rights lawyers Xie Yang and Li Heping were released from prison Tuesday after being detained for nearly two years on charges of attempting to subvert the country’s ruling Communist Party. The two activists were originally rounded up in July (read more…)

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Chinese court says prominent rights lawyer pleads guilty

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Originally published by AFP on May 8, 2017 A leading Chinese human rights lawyer whose case has drawn international scrutiny pleaded guilty Monday to charges of “inciting subversion of state power” in what critics called a “show trial.” Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China’s ruling (read more…)

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LU student says he will deliver petition seeking release of his father to Embassy of China on May 9

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Originally published by The News & Advance on May 5, 2017 Liberty University student Chongyu Xia announced Friday he will be delivering his petition for the release of his father to the Embassy of China in Washington, D.C., on May 9. Chongyu Xia’s father, Xia Lin,  was arrested Nov. 8, 2014, (read more…)

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The Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state

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Originally published by AFP on May 8, 2017 A leading Chinese human rights lawyer went on trial Monday for inciting subversion, in a case which sparked an international outcry after claims he was tortured. Xie Yang, who had worked on numerous cases considered politically sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party, was (read more…)

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Chinese court says prominent rights lawyer admits to crimes

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Originally published by AFP on May 8, 2017 Beijing (AFP) – A leading Chinese human rights lawyer admitted to getting “brainwashed” overseas at the opening of his trial on Monday, the court said, in a case which sparked an international outcry after allegations he was tortured. Xie Yang, who had worked (read more…)

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China human rights lawyer Xie Yang ‘admits being brainwashed’

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Originally published by BBC on May 8, 2017 A Chinese court says a prominent human rights lawyer, Xie Yang, has admitted being “brainwashed” overseas at his trial for inciting subversion. It released transcripts in which he says he was trained in Hong Kong and South Korea to “develop Western constitutionalism in China”. (read more…)

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Chinese Rights Lawyer, Li Heping, Gets Suspended Prison Sentence

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Originally published by New York Times on April 28, 2017 HONG KONG — One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers was given a suspended three-year prison sentence on Friday after being convicted of subversion charges. The lawyer, Li Heping, who has been in detention since 2015, received a four-year reprieve, a (read more…)

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China gives human rights lawyer three-year suspended sentence

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Originally published by Jurist on April 28, 2017 The Second Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin [official website] on Friday gave human rights lawyer Li Heping [advocacy profile] a three-year suspended sentence for subversion. He has been in jail since being detained in the summer of 2015. Heping represented many high-profile defendants including (read more…)

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Chinese court sentences human rights lawyer Li Heping in secret trial

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Originally published by AFP on April 28, 2017 BEIJING (AFP) – China sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to a three-year suspended sentence on Friday (April 28) following a secret trial, raising concerns the country is moving to further reduce transparency in high-profile, politically sensitive cases. Beijing has come under increased fire (read more…)

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Thwarted by China’s courts, ‘diehard’ lawyers ‘fight to the death’ for justice

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Originally published by The Globe and Mail on April 27, 2017 Little more than an hour after the opening of a retrial against Wilson Wang, two women burst out of the courthouse at the Wuhu City Jinghu District People’s Court. “The court beats people! Come and see, everyone!” they shouted in front (read more…)

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