NGOs Tread Lightly on China’s Turf

Asia Times looks at the state of NGOs in China, in the wake of the shutdown of Gongmeng legal assistance group: It could be argued that Gongmeng was an isolated case of government interference in China’s NGOs, but a report...

Chinese Activists Released

From Reuters: A pioneering Chinese legal rights advocate, who had been detained for more than three weeks and accused of tax evasion, was released on Sunday but might still face prosecution, he and his lawyers said. Xu Zhiyong,...

Xu Zhiyong Charged Amid Crackdown

The New York Times reports that Xu Zhiyong has been formally charged with tax evasion: Mr. Xu, 36, is a founder of the Open Constitution Initiative, known in Chinese as Gongmeng, a nonprofit group that often has taken on...

Baby Milk Powder Victims Lose Legal Proxy

Global Times published a lengthy and largely sympathetic article looking at the legal charges against Xu Zhiyong’s Gongmeng (Open Constitution Initiative) group and the plight of NGOs in China today: What happened to the...

China Snares NGOs with Foreign Funding

The Christian Science Monitor writes about the recent crackdown on Gongmeng and Yirenping: Taken together, the raids appear part of a tightening of controls on critical voices in the run-up to Oct. 1, the 60th anniversary of the...

Xu Zhiyong: Featured in Mr. Fashion

While civil rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong is being held for tax evasion, he is featured in the August issue of the Beijing publication Mr. Fashion 《时尚先生》(the Chinese version of Esquire).* The theme of this issue is “Chinese...

China Shuts Down Legal Center, Revokes Licenses

From AP: Beijing officials shut down a legal research center led by activist lawyers Friday, while China revoked the licenses of more than 50 lawyers, many known for their human rights cases. The moves appear to be a new...



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