China Denies Gao Yu Permission to Leave For Germany
Gao, whose seven-year jail term for "leaking state secrets overseas" was cut on appeal to five years by the Beijing High People's Courtlast November, has suffered heart attacks in detention.
China Bans Religion Among Its Retired Party Members, Officials
"We have seen a number of new issues and problems emerging to do with the outlook, actions and the management of services linked to retired officials," an explanation of the opinion posted on the website of party mouthpiece the People's Daily said. "We need to respond to and manage those problems."
Another Hong Kong Book Store Closes in Wake of China's Clampdown
A Hong Kong newspaper, meanwhile, quoted police in China’s Guangdong province as confirming that three of the five booksellers who had not been accounted for since disappearing last year were also being held in Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong.
China Releases Guangdong Labor Activist 'On Bail,' Three Still Held
Zhu Xiaomei of the Panyu Workers' Center was detained two months ago when a group of police officers broke into her apartment and dragged her away from her baby daughter and teenage son.
China's Workers Angry as They Face New Year with No Money
Construction workers on a new residential complex gathered outside municipal government offices in Qianjiang, in the central province of Hubei, earlier this week, blocking the road before clashing with riot police sent to clear the area.
Hong Kong's missing booksellers and 'banned' Xi Jinping book
The men, who went missing in recent months, are now in detention in China.Some analysts believe the book their publishing house was set to print, titled Xi Jinping and His Lovers, may have angered the Chinese government and be behind their disappearance and detention.
Disappeared Chinese Journalist Back in China, 'Helping Police With Enquiries'
Li Xin, who once wrote for the cutting-edge Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper in Guangzhou, fled China last July, initially traveling to New Delhi where his application for political asylum and his U.S. visa application were both turned down.
Case of Chinese Free Speech Activist 'The Butcher' Moved to Tianjian
Wu Gan, 42, was initially detained last year and handed a 10-day administrative sentence, before being placed under criminal detention on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," "libel,"
and "incitement to subvert state power."
China Defends Law Enforcers as US Calls for Clarity on Booksellers
The booksellers, including Lee Bo, 65, a dual British and Chinese national and owner of a publisher and bookstore specializing in books critical of China's Communist Party leaders, are believed by many to have been abducted by mainland agents.
China Merges Two Communist Party-Backed Newspapers in Hong Kong
Current Ta Kung Pao chairman Jiang Zaizhong will lead the newly formed Hong Kong Ta Kung Wen Wei Media Group, amid dwindling circulation figures and falling revenue in the traditional media sector.
Imagining Hong Kong’s Future, Under China’s Tightening Grasp
“Ten Years” has become a surprise hit across theaters in Hong Kong, tapping into fears in the semiautonomous Chinese territory over the erosion of local culture and civil liberties, fears fed most recently by the disappearance of five people connected to a Hong Kong company that publishes political books banned in the mainland. Since its general release in late December, most showings have been sold out. With a budget of about 500,000 Hong Kong dollars, or about $64,000, the indie production had raked in nearly 5 million Hong Kong dollars by Thursday, Mr. Ng said. On Friday, it received a best film nomination for the Hong Kong Film Awards.
China Detains Three Journalists Amid Growing Calls For Their Release
Zhang Yongsheng, a reporter for the state-run Lanzhou Morning Herald, was detained on Jan. 7  by police in Gansu's Wuwei city and later accused on an official government website of "using his position as a journalist, in the name of public opinion supervision, to repeatedly extort goods and money from others."
China pastor Gu Yuese investigated for corruption
However, all churches have to be approved by the state and authorities keep a close eye on their activities to contain their influence.Mr Gu is the pastor of the Chongyi Church in Zhejiang, which has thousands of followers. The church could not immediately be reached for comment.
Living Stone: A Portrait of a House Church in China
When the Living Stone church (活石教会) was founded in Guiyang in 2009, about 20 members rented a single apartment and gathered there to worship. The four founders of the church were born in the 1970s—all in their 30s who had been ministering full time for years already. Three of them came from the countryside and boasted no more than a high-school education. The current head pastor, Su Tianfu (苏天富), was a rural teacher before resigning from that job, while Pastor Yang Hua (仰华) was a third-generation young pastor from a village. He was born Li Guozhi (李国志) but later changed his name to Yang Hua, which in Chinese means “looking up to Jehovah.” Before founding Living Stone both Su and Yang Hua had preached in the countryside for over a decade, until they felt an obligation to found a church. The first 20 or so participants were people the pastors had known over years of preaching—folk who were originally from the countryside and had come and settled down in the provincial capital.
Martin Oei:ZHOU TZU-YU,Now You Know the Terror
All it took was for Chou Tzu-yu, a Taiwanese pop singer, to hold in her hand a Republic of China flag. For this, a has-been singer, long resident in China, decided to make an example of her, falsely accusing her of stirring up Taiwanese independence. Remarkably, she was then forced by her South Korean management firm to record an apology video: a mere 16-year-old Taiwanese girl forced to identify herself as a Chinese and admit that her holding the Republic of China flag was wrong. The sequence of events evoked public ire in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with the widespread sentiment that China’s bullying is simply insufferable.
Six Months On, An Assessment of the July 9 Arrest of Lawyers in China
The precursor to “subversion” or “inciting subversion” was “counterrevolutionary crimes” — a crime of a political character, or political persecution. When the Communist Party was revising the Criminal Law, it was a tailor-made provision for human rights defenders, and dissidents who opposed the Party’s dictatorship. Often, it allows the criminalization of speech. Since the 1980s, when Deng Xiaoping established his rule, the Communist Party has resorted to very little use of these sorts of politically-defined crimes to punish political activists or prisoners of conscience (with the exception of its imprisonment of activists around the June 4 incident, or the key figures who led or took part in organizing opposition parties in the 1990s).
Members of Petitioners Group ‘Rose China’ Detained
According to Pan, Xu’s arrest was somewhat anticipated, given that she has been a citizen rights activist for years. “Ms. Xu has gone to the street and raised protest signs to demand the release of the Feminist Five, Pu Zhiqiang and other human rights activists. She has also formed close relations with petitioners, serving as a connector between rights activism and petitioning,” Pan said.
Activists Sentenced to Prison for Demanding Democracy in China
After a 20-month detention, the three men, known as “the three gentlemen of Guangzhou,” were convicted for promoting “non-violent civil disobedience” and peaceful transformation to democratic rule in China.The Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Tang, Yuan and Wang to a jail-term of five, three-and-a-half and two-and-a-half years respectively.
China Detains Highest-Ranking Christian Pastor Since Cultural Revolution
Pastor Gu Yuese, also known as Joseph Gu, of the Chongyi Protestant Church in Zhejiang's capital Hangzhou, is incommunicado along with his wife, 10 days after being fired by the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, which groups churches sanctioned to practice by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
China Gets Low Marks For Freedom Amid Growing Pressure on Activists
The ruling Chinese Communist Party under Xi "does not tolerate any form of organized opposition or independent political parties," human rights group Freedom House said in its annual report,While global freedom faced its worst year in a decade in 2015, China's latest round of repression has been escalating since Xi came to power, it said, describing the country as "not free" and giving the country 16 marks out of 100 overall.
US Senate Panel Approves Tough Sanctions Against N. Korea
"Both the House and the Senate bill focus on mandatory sanctions, which is a dramatic change from the sanctions regime we have in place today,” Gardner said. “But it also goes a step further in cyber security policies, codifying executive orders and making sure we are focusing on human rights. Our bill also goes into sanctions on minerals that can be used to fund proliferation activities.”
Stalin 'used secret laboratory to analyse Mao's excrement'
By the sound of things, it was a top secret and rather smelly experiment.
According to Russian newspaper reports, in the 1940s Stalin's secret police had set up a special department to get its hands on people's faeces.The ambitious aim: to analyse samples of foreign leaders' stools.
In other words, espionage via excrement.
HRW: World Governments Crushing Peaceful Dissent
HRW said societies have been empowered by social media on their mobile phones. This technological tool has allowed civic groups to mobilize large groups of people to protest in countries where organizing individuals would otherwise be impossible due to human rights violations like censorship in media.
Scuffles As Hong Kong Students Protest at University Council Meeting
Dozens of students crowded into the university's campus in Pokfulam late on Tuesday outside a regular meeting of the council, calling for reforms to its structure, besieging council members who said they were unable to leave the premises for several hours.
China Shutters Uyghur Websites For 'Harming Ethnic Unity'
The investigation comes after the two sites, www.653130.com and www.muzikam.com were reported to the the regional branch of the China National Internet Information Center (CNIIC), government website Tianshanwang reported.Around the same time, the authorities shuttered the account of a live traffic report on the smartphone chat app WeChat after it sent out a headline about a road accident in the south of the regional capital, Urumqi, Tianwang said.
Swedish activist Peter Dahlin urges China to free colleagues
Last week he appeared on state media apparently confessing to breaking the law through his organisation's support of local Chinese rights lawyers.His organisation, Chinese Urgent Action Working Group (China Action), called the report "absurd" and said the confession appeared to have been forced.
Ethnic Mongolians Protest Missile Tests on Grasslands, Lack of Income
Dozens of herders in Inner Mongolia's Alshaa (in Chinese, Alashan) League Left Banner gathered outside the offices of the banner, or county, government on Monday in protest recent missile tests on local grasslands by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), herders told RFA on Tuesday.
China releases Swedish rights activist Peter Dahlin
Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who lived in Hong Kong, is one of five people linked to a Hong Kong publishing house to disappear in recent months. He vanished while on holiday in Thailand in October last year.He had also appeared on Chinese TV earlier this month, saying he had voluntarily handed himself over to the authoriti
Concerns Grow For Hong Kong's Publishing Industry Amid Report Beijing Ordered Crackdown
Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, said the the city's leader Leung Chun-ying should go to Beijing and speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the apparent detentions, which have sent shockwaves through the semiautonomous city.
Chinese Labor Group Vows to Sue Over State Media Report on Detained Activists
The Nanfeiyan Social Work Service Center in Guangdong's Foshan city said it, along with the Panyu Migrant Workers Center, has hired a libel lawyer and have sued Xinhua journalist Zou Weigong over a report accusing labor activists Zeng Feiyang and He Xiaobo of embezzlement and other misbehavior.