China Presses Crackdown on Campaign Against Graft

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BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have detained six anticorruption activists in recent days, expanding their crackdown on a citizen-led campaign that, on the surface at least, would appear to dovetail with the new leadership’s war on official graft.

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China Bans Media Coverage of Labor Camp Ordeal

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Censors in Beijing have blocked information about a labor camp in northeastern China after an expose in a cutting-edge magazine brought to light abuses of women inmates, many of them pregnant.

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Chen Guangcheng Speaks At Princeton About Human Rights

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Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng recently spoke at Princeton University, holding that “the battle for human rights is far from complete.” Almost a year after making international headlines for his sensational escape from house arrest where, helped by a secret network of fellow civil rights activists, he made his (read more…)

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Is China the New Taiwan?

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BEIJING — The date says it all: the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, a leading women’s rights group, was formally registered in September 1987, just two months after Taiwan’s leader, Chiang Ching-kuo, lifted martial law, legalizing the political opposition. Many civil society groups that had long been gathering ideas and forces (read more…)

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China Rights Review ‘Shrouded in Secrecy,’ Activists Pressured

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China has launched a nationwide crackdown on rights activists clamoring for transparency and participation in the government’s closed-door preparations for a once-in-four years U.N. review of the country’s human rights record, according to a rights group. Chinese rights campaigners who called on the government both to disclose materials about the (read more…)

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People’s Republic of China: Ongoing “residential surveillance” of human rights defender Zhu Chengzhi

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in the People’s Republic of China.

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China: Ill-treatment of Mr. Hu Jia during interrogation

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Originally published in OMCT on March 20, 2013 URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY CHN 002 / 0313 / OBS 026 Arbitrary arrest / Ill-treatment / Harassment People’s Republic of China March 20, 2013 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against (read more…)

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CHRD: human rights situation in China not improving

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Originally published in Asianews.it on March 18, 2013 Chinese Human Rights Defenders released its annual report on human rights violations in mainland China last year. Forced labour cases are down but the number of people taking their own life because of the authorities’ refusal to listen to their grievances is (read more…)

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Security steps up for petitioners as China parliament meets

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Originally published in South China Morning Post on March 11, 2013 Agence France-Presse in Beijing A few miles from China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right. China’s centuries-old petition (read more…)

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Petitioners seek rights as China parliament meets

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Originally published in Bangkok Post on March 11, 2013 A few miles from China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing, citizens who have travelled from across the country to tell the government about their problems face tight controls on this age-old right. China’s centuries-old petition system, developed under imperial rule, is (read more…)

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People’s Republic of China: Mr. Zhu Chengzhi at risk of enforced disappearance

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention on the following situation in the People’s Republic of China.

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Opposition to Labor Camps Widens in China

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BEIJING — It is hard to say exactly which “subversive” sentiments drew the police to Ren Jianyu, who posted them on his microblog last year, although “down with dictatorship” and “long live democracy” stand out.

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