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Legal News
7 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] China's Communist Party Politics and Law Committee head Meng Jianzhu [China Vitae backgrounder] on Monday notified Chinese media sources of the nation's plan to end its 56 year-old "re-education through labor" program [Xinhua report], which authorizes government entities to legally detain citizens for as long as four years without … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders [official website] on Friday urged China to end retaliatory efforts [press release] against Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a blind human rights lawyer who successfully fled the communist country earlier this year, by immediately releasing the activist's nephew. According … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Aug 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Phelim Kine, Senior Researcher of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, says that the increasing public challenges to the Chinese government's authority will only continue until its policies reflect a basic respect for human rights and the right of the citizenry to publicly dissent...The challenges currently … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Chairman of the Chinese Democratic Party [party website, in Chinese] Albert Ho [official website] on Thursday challenged the election of Hong Kong's new leader Leung Chun-ying [BBC News profile]. Ho filed two separate lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results [AFP report], claiming that Leung made false and misleading … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Chinese court in the southwestern city of Chongqing on Friday quashed the sentence against a Chinese blogger and former forestry employee for lack of evidence. With the annulment of the sentence, the Chongqing Third Intermediate Court ruled [WP report] that the one-year detention of Fang Hong in a … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] China authorities launched an investigation [Xinhua report] on Friday into whether local family planning officials forced Feng Jianmei to have an abortion in her seventh month of pregnancy. Feng and her family allege that earlier this month she was taken to a hospital and her child was forcibly aborted … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The State Council Information Office (SCIO) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday published [official press release] its second National Human Rights Action Plan [text]. The plan succeeds a previous plan [text; JURIST report] covering 2009-2010 period and will address human rights protection work from 2012-2015. The plan indicated that … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Monday detained hundreds of activists in Beijing marking the twenty-third anniversary of the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] crackdown. The arrests came a day after the US urged [press statement] China to free Tiananmen Square activists who are still in detention. The US also has called on … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Chinese government has detained a former aide to a vice minister in China's security ministry who is suspected of spying for the US [Reuters report], anonymous sources told Reuters. The former aide, whose identity is unknown, allegedly passed information to the US government over a period of years … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] urged the US on Thursday to "try harder" to promote the rule of law in China [transcript]. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) [advocacy website], Chen informed the audience that the rule of law in … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] arrived in New York on Saturday, resolving a US-China struggle that began when Chen escaped house arrest [JURIST report] last month and fled to the US embassy in Beijing, seeking protection from Chinese authorities. In a press … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Chinese court agreed on Monday to hear the case brought by dissident artist Ai Weiwei [BBC profile]. Ai challenged the government's imposition of 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) tax evasion penalty on Fake Cultural Development Ltd. which helps him to produce and market his works. He was … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A blind Chinese legal activist who sought sought safety from local officials by holing up in the US Embassy in Beijing emerged on Wednesday after six days of self-confinement. The activist, Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was originally wanted in his rural town for exposing forced abortions … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng [JURIST news archive] fled the guarded home where he was being kept under house arrest to the protection of US officials last week, reports said Friday. While the US embassy has not confirmed reports that Chen is at the embassy [BBC report], US-based … [read more]


Legal News
1 May 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] China's government released human rights lawyer Teng Biao Friday after more than 70 days of detention, but this was quickly followed by reports that fellow human rights lawyer Li Fangping disappeared later in the afternoon under suspicious circumstances. Teng's release [CNN report] came after discussions between Chinese officials and … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng [HRW backgrounder, JURIST news archive] and his wife have been "beaten senseless" by authorities, according to Friday reports from China Aid and Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) [advocacy websites]. Chen, who is blind, is currently under house arrest, and the beating … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Chinese prison on Thursday released Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline, JURIST news archive], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist who has finished serving a four-year sentence [JURIST report] for damaging property and "organizing a mob to disturb traffic." According to Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A Chinese court rejected the final appeal Friday of Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist, who was sentenced [JURIST report] to four years and three months in prison for damaging property and "organizing a mob to disturb traffic." The Intermediate Court in Linyi … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] In two separate rulings on Friday, Chinese courts rejected the appeals of a journalist and rights activist who challenged the government. In a five-minute session, the Beijing High Court rejected an appeal by Zhao Yan [JURIST news archive], a New York Times researcher who was sentenced to three years … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A Chinese intermediate appellate court has overturned and remanded back to the trial court the case of Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist who was sentenced [JURIST report] in August to four years and three months in prison for damaging property and "organizing … [read more]

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