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Legal News
23 Dec 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A Chinese court Friday sentenced human rights advocate Chen Wei to nine years in prison, the toughest ruling issued this year in the ongoing government crackdown on dissidents, rights activists and protest organizers. Chen, 42, was sentenced after a two hour hearing in which he pleaded not guilty to … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] China's government Friday announced that prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation. Gao's sentence is the first sign that he is still alive [AP report] since having disappeared 20 months ago, presumably at … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2011
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] UN experts expressed concerns [press release] Tuesday over human rights restrictions on Tibetan [advocacy website] Buddhist monasteries in China's Sichuan province. UN experts are concerned about reports of heavy security measures surrounding the Kirti monastery, which houses approximately 2,500 Buddhist monks. UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Chinese authorities in Beijing on Friday began the trial against Wang Lihong, one of the dozens of human rights activists the government detained earlier this year as part of a crackdown on dissidents in the country. Wang is charged with one count of creating a disturbance [AFP report] for … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], according to UN documents [text, PDF] from May released Monday by Freedom Now [advocacy website]. Liu is currently serving an … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more than three years in prison after he made public [JURIST reports] … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] called Wednesday for China to address its practice of "enforced disappearances" [press release] and reveal the location of 355 detained Tibetan monks [Free Tibet report]. In April, Chinese authorities took the monks from the Kirti monastery in buses … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] urged the Chinese government on Friday to release protesters [press release] arrested for the peaceful protests in Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] in June 1989. Friday marked the twenty-second anniversary of the suppression of the protests in Tiananmen Square. The DOS also asked … [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
28 Mar 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] called on the Chinese government Monday to free detained human rights lawyer [statement, PDF] Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], whom they claim is being held in violation of international law. Gao was abducted and detained in … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] China's Supreme People's Court [official website, in Chinese] announced Sunday that evidence obtained through violence or intimidation will be barred [China Daily report] from use in criminal trials and death penalty cases. The new regulations require prosecutors to provide the court with records from interrogations and allow defendants convicted … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] spoke to a reporter [Reuters report] from Reuters Sunday verifying that he is alive and is living in Wutai mountain in China's Shanxi province. Gao, who had been missing for more than a year, said he had been … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) [official website, in Chinese] on Sunday approved an amendment to the electoral law mandating equal representation for rural and urban citizens. The electoral reform was adopted [Xinhua report] at the close of the Third Session [official website, in Chinese] of the Eleventh National … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned [text, PDF; press release, PDF] the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], missing for more than a year. The group … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday opened consideration of election reforms designed to afford equal representation to residents of rural and urban administrative areas. China's current electoral law provides more congressional representatives to residents of urban districts than residents of rural ones. The … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Chinese Embassy [official website] in Washington DC claims that prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], missing for more than a year, is working in the Urumqi region [press release], according to human rights organization Dui Hua Foundation [advocacy website] on Saturday. The … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, in Chinese] spokesman Ma Zhaoxu [official profile] stated in a press conference Thursday that Chinese human rights lawyer and activist Gao Zhisheng [JURIST news archive] is "where he should be." Ma stated that holding Gao in Chinese custody since February 2009 comports with the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Chinese lawyers and US-based rights group ChinaAid [advocacy website] on Friday called on [press release] Beijing police to conduct a search for missing Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [JURIST news archive]. Police reported Thursday that Gao, who has been in police custody since February, went missing in September. Gao's … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Jan 2010

Sarah Cook [Asia Research Analyst and Assistant Editor, Freedom House]: "When Chinese democracy activist and author Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, many around the world appeared stunned by the length of his sentence and absence of due process rights. Such harsh punishment for offering … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive], a Chinese human rights activist convicted in April on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive], was awarded the Sakharov Prize [press release] on Thursday by the European Parliament [official website], for his fight for democracy. Hu has become … [read more]

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