China sentences activist to 10 years over writings

BEIJING (AP) - A court has sentenced a democracy activist in central China to 10 years' imprisonment for subversion, a family member said Thursday. It's the third lengthy jail term handed down to a dissident in less than a month. Li Tie was sentenced by a court in Wuhan city to Full version...

Chinese dissident sentenced to 7 years over poem

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese court has sentenced a dissident writer to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather at a public square, a human rights group said Friday. The hefty sentence comes ahead of next week's Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

China detains hundreds of Tibetans, group says

BEIJING (AP) - China has detained and forced into re-education classes hundreds of Tibetans who went to India to receive religious instruction from the Dalai Lama, a U.S.-based human rights group said. It is the first time since the late 1970s that Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Chinese police may have power to disappear people

BEIJING (AP) - China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion and some dread over whether the government is about to give police the legal authority to disappear people. At issue is an amendment to the criminal procedure law that would allow police to Full version (available...

China to restrict secret detentions on paper

BEIJING (AP) - China's authoritarian government is restricting the police's power to secretly detain people, at least on paper, announcing stricter revisions to a key criminal law Thursday after a wave of public complaints. Scholars welcomed the changes, saying they will offer Full version...

Chinese Attorney Loyalty Oath Abandons Rule of Law

Some members of the legal profession take for granted that the license to practice law is a grant of permission to do so by the government. In countries where the rule of law is paramount, there would be public outrage if one's political ideology became the litmus test for obtaining a license...

China to phase out prisoner organ donation

BEIJING (AP) - China will abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within five years and try to spur more citizens to donate, a top health official says. Rights groups call transplants from condemned prisoners a Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Chinese housing activist is jailed for unruly acts

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese activist who has fought for the rights of people forcibly evicted from their homes was sentenced by a Beijing court Tuesday to two years and eight months in jail for unruly behavior and fraud. Ni Yulan, a veteran activist left disabled by Full version (available to lexis...

Fang Lizhi, who inspired Chinese dissidents, dies

BEIJING (AP) - Fang Lizhi, one of China's best-known dissidents whose speeches inspired student protesters throughout the 1980s, has died in the United States, where he fled after China's 1989 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. He was 76. Once China's leading astrophysicist...

Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident

BEIJING (AP) - U.S. and Chinese officials are ironing out a deal to secure American asylum for a blind Chinese legal activist who fled house arrest, with an agreement likely before Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

China tightens restrictions on activist's family

BEIJING (AP) - Authorities in the hometown of activist Chen Guangcheng have notched up restrictions on members of his extended family while he awaits permission in Beijing to travel abroad under an agreement between China and the U.S. Chen Guangcheng's brother and sister-in-law have been Full...

Human Rights Violations Served With Tea

Imagine you were born the child of a tea plucker on a plantation in India. Your parents are functional illiterates who work long hours for less than USD $2 per day to feed the family. If your family is lucky, you will be able to eat just enough to live but remain malnourished. If one of the unfortunate...

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei barred from court

BEIJING (AP) - Police barred artist Ai Weiwei from a hearing on his company's lawsuit against Beijing tax authorites and blocked filming at the courthouse Wednesday as part of an intimidation campaign against the outspoken government critic. Ai told reporters that police had ordered him to Full...

Chinese housing activist cleared of fraud

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese appeals court Friday threw out a fraud conviction against a rights activist who has fought on behalf of people forcibly evicted from their homes, but it upheld a separate conviction against Ni Yulan for causing Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

China to reform much-criticized labor camp system

BEIJING (AP) - China's government is working on reforms to its system of imprisoning people in labor camps without trial, a senior judicial official said Tuesday. The comments were the firmest indication that after years of debate the government is preparing to revise but not Full version (available...

China hauls away activists in congress crackdown

BEIJING (AP) - During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her to a police station. She assumed a fake identity...

China begins phasing out prisoner organs next year

BEIJING (AP) - China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented, a government-appointed expert has Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)