Karla Simon is one of the first scholars who broke ground in the field of civil society law. She...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 22, 2011
Xinhua reports that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail in recognition of his cooperative attitude and chronic illness: The Beijing police department said Wednesday that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail because of his good...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 4, 2009
Being deemed an “illegal organization” in China can result in a quick shuttering of a group by authorities. Gongmeng (Open Constitution Initiative), Xu Zhiyong’s legal defense organization is a case in point....
by Liu Yong | Aug 21, 2009
From guardian.co.uk: Almost no one in China has heard of Zhuang Lu, which is hardly surprising. Plainly dressed and introverted, the 27-year-old office assistant completed her mundane daily tasks – booking tickets, paying bills...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 13, 2009
After being fined for allegedly violating tax laws, Xu Zhiyong’s Gongmeng (Open Constitution Initiative) has solicited donations from the public to pay the fines. However, authorities have frozen the organization’s...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 6, 2009
The Australian and the Los Angeles Times both report on the work of Xu Zhiyong and his recent arrest. From the L.A. Times: Xu’s law firm was one of the few in China willing to represent the parents of the nearly 300,000...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 4, 2009
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...
by Xiao Qiang | Jul 31, 2009
Qian Gang, a former senior Chinese journalist and co-director of China Media Project of the Hong Kong University writes the following essay, translated by David Bandurski: I accept the argument for gradual political reform. The...
by Xiao Qiang | Jul 18, 2009
Reporting on the shuttering of a Beijing-based legal assistance group, Gongmeng (Open Constitution Initiative), this China Daily article, written by Zhu Zhe and Cui Xiaohuo, shows clear sympathy to the case by highlighting...
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