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Merkel unhappy China blocked lawyer from meeting
Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

BEIJING (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed regret Saturday that Chinese police blocked a human rights lawyer from meeting her and said the Communist government should have the confidence to allow dissent. The lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said... Read More

China to restrict secret detentions on paper
Posted on 13 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China hauls away activists in congress crackdown
Posted on 7 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China to reform much-criticized labor camp system
Posted on 10 Oct 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Chinese housing activist is jailed for unruly acts
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei barred from court
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Fang Lizhi, who inspired Chinese dissidents, dies
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China detains hundreds of Tibetans, group says
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China to phase out prisoner organ donation
Posted on 27 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China tightens restrictions on activist's family
Posted on 14 May 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Chinese police may have power to disappear people
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China begins phasing out prisoner organs next year
Posted on 7 Nov 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

China sentences activist to 10 years over writings
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Chinese housing activist cleared of fraud
Posted on 30 Jul 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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... Read More

Rights group: US asylum likely for China dissident
Posted on 30 Apr 2012 by I&FL Community Staff (Rule of Law & Human

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) Read More