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Netizen Voices: Don’t “Suicide” Me! A Weibo Vow

The death of 22-year-old Yuan Liya, who fell from the Jingwen shopping center on May 3, has been deemed a suicide by the Beijing police. In disbelief, hundreds protested last week calling for the surveillance footage of Yuan’s...

Article 73 Detainee Allowed to See Wife

Zhu Chengzhi is likely the first person to be held in semi-secret “residential surveillance” since it was legalized under Article 73 of China’s amended Criminal Procedure Law on New Year’s Day. He was...

China Inaugurates Legal Semi-Secret Detention

Zhu Chengzhi may have become the first to be detained under new amendments to China’s Criminal Procedure Law. Amid fierce criticism, the changes passed through the National People’s Congress by a vote of 2,639 to 160...

Whistleblowing Retired Official Dies in Custody

A retired official in Hunan was cast into the Party’s notorious shuanggui disciplinary system in August after accusing his successor of embezzling public funds. A month later, Wang Zhongping was dead, and his family...

Police Charge Activist Who Cast Doubt on Suicide

Zhu Chengzhi, close friend of Li Wangyang, the labor activist whose death in June led to much debate, has been arrested for “inciting subversion of state power”. South China Morning Post reports on Zhu...

China Activist Gets Hard Labor Without Trial

Hunan activist Xiao Yong has been sentenced without trial to reform-through-labor after opposing government handling of fellow dissident Li Wangyang’s death. He had already earned frequent flyer membership in China’s police...

Investigation Maintains Activist’s Death Was Suicide

A month-long investigation of the death of Hunan labour activist Li Wangyang has upheld the official explanation of suicide, but suspicion of foul play remains. Supporters say that Li was in no frame of mind to take his own...

South China Morning Post Accused of Self-Censorship

The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English language newspaper, has come under fire for allegedly censoring a story about the death of dissident Li Wangyang, who was found hanged under suspicious...

Li Wangyang: I Won’t Retreat Even if I am Beheaded

After labor activist Li Wangyang was found dead in his hospital room, his family and supporters in China and around the world have called for an investigation into his death. While hospital and security officials have said Li...

Activist Li Wangyang Found Dead in Hospital

Prominent labor activist Li Wangyang was found dead in his hospital room in Shaoyang, Hunan Province. Hospital and security officials declared his death a suicide, but his family is questioning the official explanation. Li was...



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