Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach is CDT's Executive Editor. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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Neil Heywood’s Family At Odds over Compensation

He Zhengsheng, a lawyer involved in the case, has reported that the family of Neil Heywood is close to reaching a deal for compensation with Gu Kailai, who was convicted for Heywood’s murder. Yet there has been some confusion over who is being represented in the compensation negotiations. Heywood’s mother, Ann, earlier released a statement criticizing Chinese authorities

August 19, 2013

Hua Ze: Misrule of Law

Hua Ze, a documentary filmmaker, has written an op-ed in the New York Times defending the work of lawyer and activist Xu Zhiyong, who has been detained since July 16: Mr. Xu didn’t sit in his study writing reports, and he didn’t carry out his legal aid in a courtroom alone. For a 2005 report, he spent two months in an illegal encampment of impoverished petitioners who had traveled to Beijing

August 19, 2013