On Monday, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos linked back to a 2007 article in the magazine by Jianying Zha. This described her brother’s nine-year detention for subversion and, in Osnos’ words, “remains the...
Olympics human rights
by Sophie Beach | Jul 30, 2009
In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing a year ago, there was much talk that playing host to the Games would force China to become more open and respectful of human rights, especially freedom of expression. Yet, as the New...
by Sophie Beach | Apr 28, 2009
The Telegraph interviews law professor He Weifang: He Weifang, a celebrated law professor and lead signatory to last year’s Charter 08 petition calling for democratic reforms in China, said the ruling Communist Party was...
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 31, 2008
From The Canberra Times: Why the official paranoia, why the theatre, why the intense security which made life so difficult? The need for security against international terrorism, while legitimate to a degree, was exaggerated to...
by Liu Yong | Aug 17, 2008
From AP: Chinese customs officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles on Sunday from four American Christians who arrived in a southwestern city with plans to distribute them, the group’s leader said. The Bibles were taken...
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 7, 2008
Mure Dickie reports in the Financial Times: A housing activist who applied for permission to hold a demonstration in Beijing’s specially designated Olympic protest zones has been detained by police. The detention of Zhang Wei,...
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 7, 2008
Edward Cody reports in the Washington Post: China’s intense efforts to block any protest that would mar the Olympic Games were challenged Wednesday by foreign activists equally bent on diverting attention to issues as...
by Liu Yong | Aug 2, 2008
From Washington Post: Behind the gray walls and barbed wire of the prison here, eight Chinese farmers with a grievance against the government have been consigned to Olympic limbo. Their indefinite detainment, relatives and...
by Claire Kells | Jul 31, 2008
From The New York Times: In response to President Bush’s meeting with prominent Chinese dissidents at the White House, Beijing on Thursday sharply condemned Washington for interfering in China’s domestic affairs and accused...
by Liu Yong | Jul 30, 2008
From AFP: US President George W. Bush plans to attend church while in China for the opening of the Olympic Games next month, and will speak about freedom of religion, a top aide said Wednesday. “When he goes to church on...
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