Li Xiaorong

Chirac’s Blunder

There has been a wave of protests on the internet and from Chinese democracy and human rights groups after Chirac made the remark that the EU should end the arms embargo on China, which was imposed after the 1989 massacre of student protesters, because the massacre was a thing of “another time.” The protest statements […]

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Does China execute 10,000 people a year?

As the world marks The World Day Against the Death Penalty, China’s large numbers of annual death sentences and executions once again are under the spotlight, as reported in this story, Does China execute 10,000 people a...

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A Mild Shanghai Lawyer and His Accidental Crusade

This personal profile, which appeared in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, is not to be missed. It reminds people that, while the Chinese online activism and internaitonal pressure won the release of the SARS doctor Jiang Yanyong last summer, rights defense at grassroots level is catching on, yet still very difficult. […]

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China Visit of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detension

While welcoming certain gestures by the Chinese government, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concludes after a visit to China that its recommendations in a 1997 report have not been implemented: “Namely, the provision which stipulates that everyone shall not be consider guilty until convicted has not been amended to clearly stipulate the presumption […]

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