Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Rights Group Details Abuse in ‘Black Jails’

A new report by Chinese Human Rights Defenders gives an in-depth look at so-called black jails, or detention facilities that are operated extralegally by local officials. Black jails are frequently used to detain petitioners who travel to Beijing from the provinces to present their grievances to the national petition office, the Bureau of Letters and Visits. CHRD’s report

October 21, 2014 10:49 PM

Hong Kong Talks End Without Significant Breakthrough

As street protests in Hong Kong entered their fourth week, government officials entered into an unprecedented public debate with student leaders Tuesday evening, in which both sides presented their views but didn’t yield any significant breakthroughs. The Wall Street Journal provides a summary of participants and issues discussed. Ireland’s Independent newspaper

October 21, 2014 12:05 PM

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