April 18, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
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 ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]
February 16, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch says that the Chinese government must begin to consider the vehement demands of the people to reform...What is the difference between Xi Jinping and Xu Zhiyong? Both talk about fighting corruption, yet Xi is president of China, while Xu is ...[read more]
January 26, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court sentenced legal scholar and activist Xu Zhiyong on Sunday to four years in prison on the charge of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order.' Xu is the founder of the New Citizens' Movement, a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention ...[read more]
December 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Chinese government to drop all politically motivated charges against Xu Zhiyong and release the rights activist from prison. Xu, a prominent critic of China's one-party system and founder of the nongovernmental New Citizen's Movement, was arrested in ...[read more]
December 14, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A lawyer representing Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong said Friday that his client has been formally indicted for his role in a wave of protests against corruption within the Chinese government. Xu, founder of the New Citizen's Movement, was detained five months ago after members of his organization ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Beijing prosecutors on Monday said that they received from police a letter of recommendation to bring charges against Xu Zhiyong for disrupting public order. Xu was arrested in August for organizing demonstrations and campaigning for Chinese officials to reveal their wealth, in an attempt to ...[read more]
August 18, 2013
by G. Redd
Chinese writer, lawyer and human rights advocate Yang Maodong, commonly known by his pen-name Guo Feixiong, became the second leader of the New Citizens movement to be arrested on suspicion of disrupting the peace on Saturday. This follows the detainment of fellow New Citizens leader Xu Zhiyong ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Chinese activist and lawyer Xu Zhiyong was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of having "gathered crowds to disrupt public order." Xu, a law lecturer at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and founder of the Open Constitution Initiative (Gongmeng), was ...[read more]
August 24, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
The Chinese government on Sunday released prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong on bail without any explanation. Xu was taken into custody last month and was formally charged last week with tax evasion. He was accused of failing to pay taxes on a $100,000 grant from Yale University earmarked ...[read more]

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