Communist Party’s Suppression of Lawyers Is a Preemptive Attack Against an Imaginary Threat
The reason I place these targeted lawyers under the term ‘unconventional’ is because the scope of targets in this round of assault is fairly broad: there are the human rights lawyers like Sui Muqing (隋穆青), Zhu Shengwu (祝圣武), Wen Donghai (文东海), Xie Yanyi (谢燕益), Li Chunfu (李春富), Huang Simin (黄思敏) and so on — the standard group on the receiving end of punishment from the government — and then there are those like Yang Jinzhu (杨金柱), who has experimented with his own performative lawyering, and been called an unorthodox lawyer in the ‘diehard’ school (死磕派)[1]; and finally the orthodox diehard lawyers like Zhou Ze (周泽) and Wang Xing (王兴).
China Deletes Peppa Pig Videos, Citing Harmful Influence on Younger Generation
The move came as part of a drive to delete antisocial content from China's already tightly controlled internet, the Global Times newspaper, sister paper to party mouthpiece the People's Daily, reported.
Chinese Police Hold Three After Protest by Laid-Off Workers in Beijing
The laid-off workers gathered outside the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's Beijing headquarters earlier this week, chanting, "Give us back our social security! Give us back our health insurance! These layoffs were illegal!"
High School Students in Eastern China to Get Facial Monitoring in Class
The new system at the Hangzhou No. 11 High School links up a surveillance camera to facial recognition software that tracks students' movements and facial expressions, according to the Zhejiang Daily newspaper.
Chinese Mass-Indoctrination Camps Evoke Cultural Revolution
When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he wanted to kill himself.
China Escalates Nationwide Crackdown on Protestant Churches
A Christian church follower in the eastern province of Jiangxi said that a church of more than 200 members in Jinxian county had recently been ordered to close down."The Supreme Love group in Jinxian county received [the warning] last month. Believers there told me that they have been harassed by the government and told not to hold gatherings any more," the church member said.
Hong Kong Journalists Protest Detention of News Cameraman in Beijing
"We demand [that] the Beijing authorities ... immediately release the cameraman and stop any uncivilized acts and suppression against the reporting work of journalists," the Hong Kong Journalists' Association said in a statement immediately following the detention of Chui Chun-ming, a cameraman for Now TV.
Chinese Rights Lawyer Detained Amid Scuffles at 'Disciplinary' Hearing
Xie Yanyi, who was among hundreds of lawyers and associated rights activists detained during a nationwide police operation targeting the legal profession since July 2015, attended a hearing of the Beijing municipal branch of the China Lawyers' Association on Wednesday.
War on Human Rights Lawyers Continues: Up to 16 More Lawyers in China Face Disbarment or Inability to Practice
This campaign to remove lawyers who defend human rights, or any lawyer who is outspoken or rejects governmental control through the Lawyers’ Associations, appears to be deliberate, coordinated and sweeping. As we prepare the following list, more cases of threatened disbarment have continued to emerge; we will keep our readers updated.
Detained Chinese Dissident Singer in Hospital, Feared Tortured
Singer-songwriter Xu Lin was detained by authorities in the southern province of Guangdong after he penned songs in memory of Liu, who died in police custody of late-stage liver cancer in July."I was informed by staff at the detention center on Friday that Xu Lin had been sent to the People's Armed Police Hospital," Xu's wife, who gave only her surname Wang, told RFA.
Sichuan Police Detain Dozens of Christians Praying For Quake Victims
Pastor Wang Yi of Sichuan's Qiuyu Church was taken away by Qingyang district police in the provincial capital Chengdu late on Friday, according to post by church members on Facebook.
Chinese Lesbian Marks Mothers' Day With Call For Reproductive Rights
Zhan Yingying, a pseudonym, wrote to health and family planning authorities at the city and regional level across China to mark Mother's Day in the United States, calling for women to be allowed to give birth outside of heterosexual marriages. Gay marriages are currently not recognized in China.
How Lawyer Wang Yu Was Made to Denounce the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Award in 2016
Among China’s human rights lawyers, Wang Yu has been called the ‘Goddess of War.’ Prior to the 709 crackdown, she traveled the country taking on all manner of human rights cases. The image of Wang the lawyer in the ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ documentary, handing out fliers about the law under the beating sun in Hainan, left a deep impression of her commitment.
The Significance of Crane Operators Across China Going on Strike
 Organize a more robust crane operator federation, make better videos of the demonstration scene than that of crane operators on strike in other provinces, and reiterate our demand for construction labor rights.
Communist Party Steps Up Annual Inquisition of Lawyers
Taiwan Bishops Await Audience With Pope Amid Rumors of Beijing Deal
"We will likely meet with the pope on Monday," a secretary surnamed Liao traveling with the delegation told RFA. "We don't have details [of what is to be discussed], just a rough idea of the arrangements."
Censorship of 'Taiwan' at U.S. University Sparks Concern Over Chinese Influence
Journalism award winner Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who gave a keynote address at Savannah State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, found that an entry on her biography saying she had worked in Taiwan had been removed.
Ten Years On, Sichuan's Quake Victims Are Silenced During 'Day of Thanksgiving'
In a feature article lauding reconstruction efforts since the massive quake devastated mountain towns around Wenchuan county, killing more than 80,000 people, state news agency Xinhua reported that the former disaster zone has undergone a huge transformation.
Hong Kong Election Bans Could Extend to Candidates at District Level
Legal opinions in Hong Kong indicate that the candidacy requirements for district council elections should be the same as those set for the Legislative Council (LegCo), the Sing Tao Daily News reported on Wednesday.
China Jails Former Head of Anbang Insurance For 18 Years
Wu Xiaohui, former chairman and general manager of Anbang Insurance Group, was handed the sentence at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, which also confiscated 10.5 billion yuan (U.S. $1.7 billion) of his assets, official media reported.
Hear China’s totalitarian cruelty in this widow’s sobs
“If I can’t leave, I’ll die in my home,” Ms. Liu told her friend Liao Yiwu, a writer who lives in Germany, in an April 30 conversation. “It’s easier to die than live. Using death to defy could not be any simpler for me.” In an earlier call, an excerpt of which Mr. Liao posted online, “Liu Xia was crying non-stop,” he said.
China to Target Religious Activities of Foreign Nationals With Revised Rules
Existing regulations from 1991 already bar Chinese citizens from attending temporary religious gatherings organized by foreign religious groups, while foreign religious organizations are banned from any venue not previously authorized for religious purposes.
China's Ruling Party Trials Virtual Reality Tests of Members' Loyalty
Using a VR environment developed by Beijing Baofeng Audiovisual, the newly opened Party Education Center in Shandong's Qingyang township has rolled out the new system, which hooks new and more experienced party members up to a system that quizzes them on President Xi's "Chinese dream" concept.
China Jails Former Chongqing Party Chief Sun Zhengcai For Life
Former Chongqing party chief and Politburo member Sun Zhengcai was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday.
Is The Writing on The Wall For Hong Kong's Independent Bookstores?
The city boasts more than 100 independent bookstores, but most aren't immediately visible from the street. Canny readers generally know where they are: tucked away on the upper floors of ageing buildings in close-packed business districts like Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, often with no elevator.
Misread Chinese Character Prompts Calls For Resignation of Peking University Chief
The moves are likely linked to the university's suppression of Yue Xin, a final-year undergraduate student recently sent home and threatened for calling attention to a decades-old rape allegation against a former Peking University professor.
In China, State Control of The Media Moves Towards Thought Control
While military and intelligence-related topics have long been highly restricted, and anti-corruption and pro-democracy voices are largely silenced in China, the administration of President Xi Jinping has been broadening the reach of government censorship to include proactive attempts to control what people think and do most of the time.
Top Chinese Rights Lawyer Banned From Traveling to United States
Ding Jiaxi, who has previously served jail time for calling on top officials of the ruling Chinese Communist Party to reveal details of their wealth, was stopped by police at Beijing International Airport on Thursday as he tried to board a plane to visit his wife and daughter in the U.S.
Prominent Chinese Rights Activist Incommunicado After Graveyard Visit
Zhu Chengzhi has been incommunicado since the early hours of Sunday morning, when he was taken away from the Lingyan Shan hillside cemetery on the outskirts of Suzhou.
Recording Reveals a Desperate Liu Xia as Pressure Builds For Her Release
Liu Xia has been under house arrest since the announcement of her late husband’s Nobel prize in October 2010, sparking an international public outcry.