Snowden May Leave Hong Kong for Iceland

Speculation has mounted this week that NSA leaker Edward Snowden might leave Hong Kong for Iceland, removing a small but buzzing fly from the ointment of Sino-U.S. relations and possibly defusing accusations of spying for China....

Chen Guangcheng Calls Out China for Broken Promises

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Tuesday that China had violated the deal that enabled him to leave the country last year, saying that Beijing had continued to persecute his family despite...

Wang Lijun Allegedly Sought British Asylum

A forthcoming book by Chinese journalists Pin Ho and Wenguang Huang claims that Wang Lijun unsuccessfully sought asylum from the U.K. months before entering the U.S. consulate in Chengdu last year, adding yet more ingredients to...

After Guantanamo, Uyghur Cooks Pizza in Albania

Abu Bakker Qassim, an ethnic Uyghur, spent four-and-a-half years as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay. A BBC report from last summer tells the story of Qassim’s flee from China, and how he ended up in U.S. custody: It is an...

AP Exclusive: Uighurs Flee China After Riots

The AP has interviewed Uighur refugees who fled China after riots last year and are now seeking asylum in other countries: Nearly a year after the worst riots in China’s far west in more than a decade, his story and that...

Asylum for Activist Guo Feixiong’s Family

From Radio Free Asia: The wife and two children of a jailed Chinese rights lawyer have been granted political asylum in the United States. Zhang Qing, the wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Guo Feixiong, and their two children...

Mao Portrait Protesters Get Asylum

The human fallout continues 20 years after the 1989 Tiananmen protests.  Yu Dongyue and Yu Zhijian, jailed for vandalizing Mao Zedong’s portrait during the Tiananment protests, have been granted political asylum in the...

How the Family of a Dissident Fled China

David W. Chen of the New York Times reports on the family of lawyer and activist Gao Zhisheng. Gao’s wife, daughter, and son came to the U.S. in March 2009 and received asylum. Gao himself is still currently missing. Mr....

AFP: Chinese envoy renews plea for asylum

From the International Herald Tribune: A Chinese diplomat renewed his bid to defect to Australia on Tuesday after a first asylum request was rejected amid concerns that the case could harm growing trade relations with China. See also “China defector in Australia contacts U.S. mission” from Reuters and “Pro-democracy claims not convincing: China expert” from […]



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