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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...

Inside the Walls of a Detention Center

NYU law professor Jerome Cohen argued last month at the South China Morning Post that “nothing more vividly illustrates” abuse of China’s criminal justice system “than the restrictions imposed on an...

Ai Weiwei Refuses to Live in Fear (Updated)

Writing at The Guardian, Ai Weiwei reflects on his 81-day detention, which ended a year ago today. I often ask myself if I am afraid of being detained again. My inner voice says I am not. I love freedom, like anybody; maybe more...

Pu Zhiqiang on the "Fake Tax Case"

Siweiluozi has translated a catalogue of procedural and other problems in the Fake Cultural Development Limited tax case, written by the company’s legal counsel in the matter, Pu Zhiqiang. His analysis suggests that...

Internet Activist Wang Lihong Tried in Beijing

Wang Lihong went on trial on Friday, accused of creating a disturbance at a protest outside a Fuzhou courthouse last year. The Guardian’s Tania Branigan described the scene outside Wang’s own trial: Representatives...

Ai Weiwei Lawyer Reappears in China

Lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, who has defended artist Ai Weiwei in the past and said he would defend him in his current case, disappeared in Beijing last week. He has since resurfaced, but is not providing any details about where he was...

Uprooting the ‘Chinese Jasmine Revolution’

The Globe and Mail writes about why Ai Weiwei, the well-connected artist and activist, suddenly found that he was no longer “untouchable” in the current crackdown on dissent in China: A Hong Kong newspaper reported...

Liu Xiaoyuan: “Am I a Master Criminal?”

China Geeks translates a post by lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan about a visit he received from officials after writing about a petitioner who was charged with extortion and blackmail: I said, if the media wants to pay attention and...

Law Firm to Be Shut Down

The Beijing-based Yitong law firm will be shut down for six months. Officials have cited that the temporary shut-down is due to the practice of an unlicensed lawyer. Noted blogger and lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, however, believes that...

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