Press Freedom Group’s Application for U.N. Accreditation is Rejected
The group’s application had been deferred seven times. This was the first time the application was put up for a vote before a United Nations accreditation panel, composed of 19 countries.
Parents Protest 'Toxic' Athletics Track at School in China's Sichuan
Scores of parents gathered with banners and placards outside the Chenghua Educational Science Institute elementary school in the provincial capital Chengdu in the early hours of the morning, facing off with police in anger over skin irritations and other symptoms suffered by their children.
Hong Kong protests: 'beaten' activist found guilty of assault
Seven policemen, who are to stand trial for the assault, deny the charges.
Tsang arrived at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court on Thursday afternoon to a crowd of supporters holding yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the city's democracy movement.
Death of Activist in Chinese Custody Sparks Outcry
“Police brutality and the use of torture in custody have been a problem for a very, very long time, and periodically it receives national attention, because of various cases of deaths in police custody.  So there has been some pressure for the police to reform; but, I think this case in particular has received a lot of attention right now because of Lei Yang’s background,” she said.
China Moves to Limit Damage Over Sexist Attack on Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen
Now, China's propaganda czars have ordered that it be deleted from all websites on the country's tightly controlled Internet, because its wording was "inappropriate," according to a leaked directive posted by the China Digital Times (CDT).
China Clamps Down on Memorial Events Ahead of Tiananmen Crackdown Anniversary
Police in the eastern province of Shandong are holding retired university professor Sun Wenguang under house arrest after he tried to meet up with around 10 fellow veterans of the 1989 pro-democracy movement to mark the bloodshed that left an unknown number killed in the crackdown by People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops.
Daughter of Swedish Bookseller Says He is Illegally Held in China on Dubious Charges
Angela Gui, daughter of Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai, told a hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) that her father is unlikely to have left his holiday home in Thailand voluntarily, in spite of having said so in a televised "confession."
Chinese Police Hold Herders Who Staged a Sit-in at Construction Site
The 12 herders from Shuluun Hoh banner to the south of the regional capital Shiliinhot were detained on May 21, as local residents blockaded a highway construction site on their grazing lands, which they graze under a 20-year government lease.
Chinese Police Detain Protesting Sichuan Quake Parents
Quake parent campaigner Sang Jun, who lost his son in the collapse of the Fuxin No. 2 Elementary School in worst-hit Mianzhu township, said he was detained and questioned by local police on suspicion of "disrupting public order" on Monday after he showed up at government offices with a group of fellow activists.
Jailed Chinese Rights Activist in Second Week of Hunger Strike
According to Guo’s wife, Zhang Qing, prison authorities — who allowed him medical treatment only after being pressured by family and international rights groups — used the opportunity to hurt and humiliate him.
Q. and A.: Carl Minzner on the Shift to Personalized Rule in China
Carl Minzner, a professor of law at Fordham University in New York, argues that this period of institutionalization is ending. A new era of personalized rule, now centered on Xi Jinping, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, is at hand. That may not augur well, he says, for China’s long-term economic growth, its relations with the rest of the world and its political stability. In an interview, he discussed how Mr. Xi’s tenure differs from that of his predecessors and why, in authoritarian states, institutionalized governance is preferable to more personalized rule. Mr. Minzner lays out his arguments in more detail in “China After the Reform Era,” a paper published last year in The Journal of Democracy.
China Holds Writer, Publisher Over Dissent, 'Forbidden Books'
Sichuan-based writer and publisher Huang Zerong, better known by his pen-name Tie Liu, disappeared from his home last week, police in Sichuan's provincial capital Chengdu told his wife, Ren Hengfang.
Man Self-Immolates in Beijing After Failing to Find School For Daughter
The man, who was identified only by his surname Liu, attempted self-immolation last Friday outside government offices in Changping county, part of the Beijing metropolitan area after failing to secure a school place for his daughter.
Political Light Installation on Hong Kong Skyscraper Is Pulled
The nine-minute video, created by the artists Sampson Wong and Jason Lam, opens with the words “Our 60-Second Friendship Begins Now” and contains a series of numerical countdowns and phrases in Chinese and English that appeared to be apolitical. But on May 18, one day after the video was first displayed on the International Commerce Center, the artists said the final countdown in the video — a series of glowing nine-digit numbers — contained a subversive message.
Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland
About 10 miles to the east, in Mabu township, riot police officers blocked parishioners from entering the grounds of the Dachang Church while workers erected scaffolding and sawed off the cross. In the nearby villages of Ximei, Aojiang, Shanmen and Tengqiao, crosses now lie toppled on rooftops or in yards, or buried like corpses.
Second Chinese Activist Who Helped Lawyers' Son Also Held for 'Smuggling'
Rights activist Tang Zhishun is being held in the Tianjin No. 2 Detention Center on suspicion of "organizing the smuggling of persons across a national boundary," his lawyer Tan Chenshou told RFA on Friday.
Chinese Government-backed Social Media Users Flood Web
Aside from possessing highly sophisticated censorship controls to find and delete content outright, China's government has long been known to employ a huge group of internet workers, known colloquially as the “Fifty Cent Party,” to influence discourse in subtler ways. The name originates from a popular rumor - never substantiated - that such people are paid 50 cents per pro-government post.
Hong Kong Police Detain Five Democracy Activists During Chinese Leader's Visit
Joshua Wong, student leader of the 2014 pro-democracy movement, was chased along a busy highway by Hong Kong traffic police on motorbikes after he and fellow activists waved banners, footage shot at the scene and streamed live to Facebook showed.
China Holds Activist Who Helped Lawyers' Son on 'Smuggling Charges'
Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian escorted Bao Zhuoxuan, 16, across the border from the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan into northern Myanmar posing as tourists after the boy was slapped with a travel ban in the wake of his parents' arrest.
Chinese Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Jail, Sister Says
"I went to visit him on May 11, and he had already been on hunger strike since May 9," his sister Yang Maoping told RFA. "I told him not to do this, that he should at least drink something."
Hong Kong NGOs Fear New Rules Will Jeopardize Work on Mainland
Those rules include a stipulation that NGOs must not “endanger China’s national unity, security, or ethnic unity; must not harm China’s national interests, societal public interest and the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons, and other organizations.”
China Holds Six Pollution, Land Protesters in Inner Mongolia
Ethnic Mongolian herder Saikhanbileg was detained by police from Zaruud banner amid an ongoing protest over pollution from an aluminum smelting plant near Ar-Hundelen township, just across the administrative border in Urad banner, rights activist Xinna said in a recent blog post.
A Subversive Message in Hong Kong Goes Up in Lights
The seemingly innocuous numbers contained a subversive statement. The animation is a countdown of the seconds until when the “one country, two systems” framework — a guarantee that Hong Kong, a former British colony, would keep its civil liberties and a high degree of autonomy for 50 years after its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 — is set to expire.
Six Months On, No Sign of Repatriated Chinese Political Refugees
Sichuan-based rights activist Jiang Yefei and Henan activist Dong Guangping, who had fled persecution in their home country, were handed over by Thai police to Chinese authorities on Nov. 13, in a move that drew strong criticism from the United Nations.
Keeping Hong Kong Protest Art Alive Means Not Mothballing It
After the protests ended quietly in December 2014, groups like the Umbrella Movement Visual Archives and Research Collective took in many of the works. The collective manages the storage space in Kowloon, across the harbor from Hong Kong Island, where some of the most violent demonstrations occurred.
On Visit to Hong Kong, Beijing Official Draws Protest
At the start of his three-day visit, Mr. Zhang said he remembered “vividly” working, as party chief of Guangdong Province, with the Hong Kong authorities to contain SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. The disease first infected humans in the southern province of mainland China in 2002 and went on to claim 774 lives worldwide.
Interview: 'Dear Chairman Mao, Please Think About What You Are Doing'
Some reports said I was on the podium when Mao Zedong rallied the Red Guards on Tiananmen Square on Aug. 18, 2016, but that's rubbish. I was sent to Tiananmen Square as a student delegate to represent the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, just around the time that the foreign ministry delegation left campus. By then, everything had been turned on its head, and people like me who'd been struggled against [by Liu Shaoqi's faction] were the heroes of the hour. So I was brought in to make up the numbers, by a strange twist of fate.
Re-election of Exiled PM Spurs Hope for Renewed Tibet Talks
“We remain fully committed to the Middle Way Approach, which clearly seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within China. It is hoped the leaders in Beijing will see reason with the Middle Way Approach, instead of distorting it, and step forward to engage in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's envoys,” he said.
Repeat of Cultural Revolution 'Impossible,' Says China
"The decade-long internal chaos was a huge disaster," the Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the party, wrote in an opinion article published in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Heavy Security as Top China Official Arrives in Hong Kong
Zhang said he was in Hong Kong to listen, see and speak, but even before his trip began, it was off to a rocky start.  Two protests banners were unfurled and a handful of protesters arrested, despite efforts to stifle any expressions of dissent.