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China court sentences anti-corruption activists to jail
April 18, 2014
A Chinese court on Friday convicted activists with ties to the New Citizens Movement on the grounds of gathering a mob to disturb the public. The New Citizens Movement is a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of public concern, including equal access to education and di....... [more]

China court rejects appeal of legal activist Xu Zhiyong
April 11, 2014
The Beijing Supreme People's Court on Friday upheld the four-year prison sentence of legal activist Xu Zhiyong for "gathering a crowd to disturb public order." Xu, a legal scholar, is the founder of the New Citizens' Movement, a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of p....... [more]

HRW: China pressuring Nepal to impose restrictions on Tibetans
April 1, 2014
Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The re....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Chinese search engine Baidu
March 28, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight New Yorkers claiming that Chinese search engineBaidu's algorithms illegally block political speech. The plaintiffs, writers and video producers, claimed that the search engine pre....... [more]

Rights group releases annual report on global executions
March 27, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released their annual report on death sentences and executions throughout the globe. The rights organization recorded that executions took place in 22 countries in 2013, an increase by one from 2012. Neither the 2012 or 2013 report included Egypt or Syria as A....... [more]

HRW urges EU to confront China on human rights issues
March 27, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a press release today urging EU leaders to publicly raise concerns about the diminishing support for human rights issues in China under President Xi Jinping. HRW has taken action by writing letters to EU top officials Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy asking....... [more]

AI: China must end crackdown on Tiananmen Square commemorators
March 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday said that Chinese authorities must put an end to the persecution of those remembering victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown as its twenty-fifth anniversary nears. AI also called for the unconditional release of Gu Yimin, who was found guilty on Monday of....... [more]

Taiwan chief prosecutor sentenced to 14 months in prison for information leak
March 21, 2014
The Taipei District Court on Friday sentenced Taiwanese Prosecutor-general Huang Shih-ming to 14 months in prison for passing confidential information to the country's president regarding investigations into corruption charges. The investigation referred to allegations of "influence-peddling" in the....... [more]

UN rights experts call for investigation into death of China lawyer
March 19, 2014
UN human rights experts on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao was an influential human rights lawyer and activist in China who "tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society" in the se....... [more]

Crimea begins vote to break away from Ukraine
March 16, 2014
Residents of the Crimea region on Sunday began voting in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. The referendum has been condemned as illegal by the US and other European countries. On Saturday, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council motion declaring the Crimea referendum inv....... [more]

China considering limiting use of death penalty
March 9, 2014
China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment curren....... [more]


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