Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei row
Vice-Chairman Kirk Kristiansen told The Wall Street Journal an employee had misinterpreted the company's policy on political neutrality.In October, Ai said his request was declined because Lego considered his planned exhibition to be too political
China Passes Law Bringing Foreign NGOs Under Police Control
The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) adopted the Overseas NGOs Domestic Activities Management Law, which enables police to engage in daily supervision and monitoring of foreign civil society and rights groups operating in China. The law goes into Jan. 1, 2017.
Interview: 'People Were Eaten by The Revolutionary Masses'
According to the secret government files from Guangxi, 150,000 people died from non-natural causes during that era. Of those, 30,000 had no identifiable identity, or even gender. Ninety-five percent of them were killed outright, or died as a result of torture or mistreatment. Less than five percent died as a result of armed conflict. Another 30,000 were listed as disappeared.
Press Freedom Weakened Around the World in 2015, Report Says
The report by the group, Freedom House, supports statistical and anecdotal evidence showing that assaults on members of the news media are spreading beyond chronically dangerous areas for journalists like parts of the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
Democratic Principles to Rule Taiwan's Relations With China
Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday while visiting Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council that what will be different in her administration from the past eight years is cross-strait ties will be based on "the principle of democracy and people's desires."  
Beijing Puts Tibetan Writers Under House Arrest
According to an email from Woeser, the couple are to remain in their home for the remainder of the week because of a five-day visit to China's capital by the head of the American Himalayan Foundation, with whom Woeser is not personally familiar.
Renowned Chinese Dissident Harry Wu is Dead
Wu was born into a prosperous Shanghai family that lost much of its property following the 1949 victory of Mao Zedong's Communist Party in China’s Civil War. He first got into trouble with the authorities while in college when he criticized the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Hungary. Beijing and Moscow were allies at the time.
Rights Groups Call For Medical Parole For Jailed Chinese Activist
He was sentenced last November for "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble" and "gathering a crowd to disrupt social order" after a prolonged period in pretrial detention where he was held alone in a closet-size cell and denied access to the exercise yard for nearly two years.
Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar Jailed in China, Is Nominated for Rights Award
The scholar, Ilham Tohti, was chosen by the Martin Ennals Foundation, based in Switzerland, as one of three candidates for its annual prize recognizing the work of human rights defenders. The group, which is named after the founder of Amnesty International, said in its citation that Mr. Tohti, an economist, “has worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and understanding” between China’s Uighur minority and the country’s dominant ethnic group, the Han, “despite an environment of religious, cultural and political repression suffered by Uighurs.”
Family of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Faces Severe Hardship, Social Isolation
Guzelnur has been left with scant income to care for the couple's young sons in Beijing while her husband serves a life sentence for "separatism," she said."Sometimes I get financial help from friends or relatives, but they've got their own kids too, and their own expenses to meet," she said in an interview on Tuesday.
China Set to Crack Down on Foreign NGOs in Move That 'Targets Civil Society'
The standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) began its third review of a draft law this week, and are unlikely to drop requirements for NGOs to register with police, according to the Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Harry Wu, Champion of Human Rights Dies
Harry Wu was released in 1979 and came to the United States in 1985 with just $40 in his pocket. Since then, he traveled back to China multiple times to further investigate Laogai camps and promote human rights developments in China. Mr. Wu founded the Laogai Research Foundation in 1992 to gather information and raise public awareness of the Chinese Laogai.
Disabled Chinese Rights Lawyer Denied Visitors
Known for defending people evicted from their homes to make way for development, Ni was barred from traveling to the United States last month to receive the State Department's International Women of Courage Award, which the department says is given to female advocates of human rights, justice and gender equality.
China Jails Citizen Journalist Who Witnessed Tiananmen Immolation Protest
Wang Jing was initially detained in March 2014 by Beijing police after she posted reports and photos of a self-immolation protest on the first day of China's annual meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC).
India Revokes Exiled Chinese Uighur Activist's Visa
Isa, branded as a terrorist by Beijing, is chairman of the World  Uighur Conference, which advocates human rights and democracy.  Uighurs are an ethnic minority community from China's western Xinjiang region and have a long history of discord with Beijing.
Baosheng Guo:Speech in A Human Rights Agenda For the Obama-Xi Bilateral Meeting
The Xi administration thinks that Christianity threatens national and cultural security.  More than 1,800 crosses on the top of churches have been demolished, and pastors and Christians who oppose the demolitions, such as the government-ordained Pastor Joseph Gu and Pastor Bao Guohua in Zhejiang province, have been put in jail and given severe sentences. The persecution of house churches has been unceasing.  This year, a house church that has 700 members in the city of Guiyang was banned, and the authorities arrested the pastor, Li Guozhi, on charges of leaking state secrets.
Hong Kong Activists Seek Traction With Independence Call
Concerned by what he views as Beijing’s encroaching influence on Hong Kong, Chan said his party will use any means necessary, including violence, to fight for independence of the city. Chan says he is working with other pro-independence groups in the city, and that his party will field candidates in elections for the Legislative Council in September.
Two Chinese refugees should be deported back to China immediately ruled by Thai court
On the same day, Li Xiaolong, Gu Qiao’s husband, Chinese Democratic Party Leader of Southeast Division, was present at the hearing. Li Xiaolong said the court made the decision based on Thai new immigration law, under which whether they plead guilty will not be considered. Now that the defense counsel requested for one-month extension for deportation which was also agreed, Song Zhiyu and Gu Qiao were taken back into prison. Within a month, the defense counsel will communicate with UNCHR and urge them to fulfill its obligation which is to protect Song Zhiyu and Gu Qiao from being deported to China.
Court in China's Guangdong Tries Another Online Commentator For Subversion
Chen Qitang, better known by his pseudonym Tian Li, stood trial at the Foshan Intermediate People’s Court on a charge of "incitement to subvert state power."The trial, which lasted just two-and-a-half hours, focused on six political commentary pieces posted by Chen, three of which were penned by him, his defense lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan told RFA.
Police Fire Tear Gas, Baton Charge Protesters in China's Zhejiang
Several thousand people turned out for consecutive protests on Wednesday and Thursday in Xitangqiao township near Zhejiang's Jiaxing city, only to be met by ranks of police with shields and wielding batons, they said.
Pro-Democracy Activist Stands Trial For Subversion in China's Guangdong
Su Changlan pleaded not guilty at the Intermediate People's Court in her hometown of Foshan to charges of "incitement to subvert state power," her lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan told RFA.
China's Xi Assumes New Military Title, Aims to Reign Supreme: Analysts
Xi told the PLA that the Joint Battle Command should be "absolutely loyal, resourceful in fighting, efficient in commanding, and courageous and capable of winning wars," according to state broadcast China Central Television (CCTV).
Asian Communist States Get Lowest Press Freedom Marks in Survey
“The media freedom situation worsened significantly or stagnated in most of the Asia-Pacific region,” said the Paris-based NGO, which goes by RSF, the initials of its French name. “The decline affected eastern Asia’s democracies, previously regarded as regional models.”
China Tries Two Anti-Graft Activists, Three Years After Their Detention
Yuan Fengchu, also known as Yuan Bing, and Yuan Xiaohua were detained in June 2013 in the southern province of Guangdong while on an advocacy tour of the country.Their trial on charges of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble"closed on Tuesday at the Chibi Municipal People's Court.
Timing of Editor’s Firing Has Hong Kong Worried About Press Freedom
The paper’s employees, represented by the Ming Pao Staff Association, confronted the chief editor, Chong Tien Siong, in a tense meeting on Wednesday afternoon, asking for a more thorough explanation of why Mr. Keung lost his job, Phyllis Tsang, the chairwoman of the association and a participant in the meeting, said by phone.Mr. Keung’s firing also set off a round of condemnations from political leaders in Hong Kong. Many say the city’s press freedoms are being steadily eroded by what they see as the growing influence of mainland China. Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy over its affairs as part of an agreement that led to its return to Chinese control in 1997 after more than a century and a half under British rule.
Chinese Parents Sue Amid Protests Over Tainted Vaccines
"Everybody gathered outside the National Health and Family Planning Commission today, and then we all marched to their complaints department in the Xizhimen district," parent activist Liu Lixin told RFA on Tuesday.
Sickness at a Chinese High School Blamed on Toxic Waste Dumped Nearby
The high rate of sickness at the Changzhou Foreign Languages School, according to an expose run on Sunday by state broadcaster CCTV, is likely due to extremely high levels of groundwater and soil pollution from toxic chemicals dumped nearby by a chemical factory.
China bans reality TV shows featuring celebrities' kids
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) says keeping minors out of the spotlight will allow them to enjoy a normal childhood, avoiding the potential perils of overnight fame, state news agency Xinhua repo
Chinese Twitter Users Concerned Over Executive Appointment
Since last week, when Kathy Chen was appointed Twitter's first managing director for China, Chinese users of the U.S. microblogging site have raised concerns over Chen's past links to the Chinese government and wondered if their freedom of speech on the platform would be compromised.Although blocked in China, Twitter is a popular platform for Chinese - especially those living overseas - to freely express themselves in their native language. While China has produced homegrown equivalents such as Weibo, the government exerts strict controls over what can be said on them and by whom.
Hong Kong to Probe 'Bag-Gate' Amid Accusations of Abuse of Power
More than 1,000 people gathered at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday in protest at allegations that Leung used his privilege to fast-track his daughter Leung Chung-yan's bag through security in her absence after she left it behind in the departure hall.