Translation: Lu Yuyu’s “Incorrect Memory” (II)

In 2016, citizen journalist Lu Yuyu and his then-girlfriend Li Tingyu were formally arrested after having been detained for over a month for chronicling “mass incidents” across China on their “Not News” (非新聞)...

Airline Headphones Allegedly Made With Prison Labor

Former prisoners claim that they were forced to make headphones for airlines including Qantas, British Airways and Emirates while serving sentences at a prison in Guangdong, reports AFP: Two inmates recently released from the...

Prison of the Mind: Liao Yiwu’s Memoir of Incarceration

At The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews Liao Yiwu’s prison memoir For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese Prison. The book was rewritten twice after its first and second drafts were...

A Hundred Songs: Liao Yiwu Visits U.S.

At The Wall Street Journal, Sofia McFarland and Liao Yiwu discuss Liao’s memoir of his four-year imprisonment following the 1989 June 4th crackdown, For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese...

Poet Liao Yiwu’s Nightmare in Chinese Prison

At The New York Times, Elaine Sciolino talks to poet and author Liao Yiwu about his forthcoming memoir For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey Through a Chinese Prison, to be published in the U.S. on June 4th. The title...

Tibetan Activist Free After 17 Years in Prison

Tibetan activist Jigme Gyatso has been released from prison due to poor health one year from the end of an extended sentence, according to Radio Free Asia and the Dharamsala-based Central Tibetan Administration. From Andrew...

Online Fury at Life of Luxury in Prisons

Online photos of luxurious prisons have infuriated some netizens. From Southern China Morning Post: Mainland internet users are up in arms after pictures of a series of luxurious new prisons were posted online this week, a stark...

Nigerian Anger over China Deaths

The BBC reports on growing tensions between Nigeria and China over treatment of Nigerian immigrants imprisoned in China: Nigeria MPs have asked the government to investigate the status of Chinese residents in the country, saying...

Reform Raises Bar for Prison Businesses

From Caijing Magazine: China will begin a nationwide prison reform project that strips all business functions from prison management, corrections officials announced June 25. Under the new program, the state will cover all...

UN presses China to end use of torture – Joseph Kahn

From the International Herald Tribune: A high-level UN investigator condemned what he found to be “widespread” use of torture in the judicial system of mainland China and said Beijing must overhaul its criminal laws, grant more power to judges and abolish labor camps before it can end such abuses, according to an official report released […]

UN envoy probes torture in China – Louisa Lim

From the BBC: The UN rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, has arrived in China for a fact-finding mission to examine allegations of official maltreatment. It is the first time a UN rapporteur on torture will be allowed to visit China’s prisons and detention centres. It has taken years of negotiations for Beijing to agree to […]

RFA: China’s Henan Sets Up Prison For Troublesome AIDS Patients

From RFA: Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan are preparing a prison facility in at least one location for AIDS patients who cause trouble by complaining about their treatment at the hands of local officials, a recent report by RFA’s Mandarin service has revealed… Sources said HIV/AIDS patients who had been to Beijing […]



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