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China Jails Human Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong

China Jails Human Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Chinese authorities have handed down a two-year sentence to prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for inciting subversion of state power and defaming the political system. He was also accused of using social media to promote public unrest. The arrest opens the latest chapter in what activists are calling China’s “War on Law.” The BBC […]

Unlawfully Imprisoned Woman At Risk of Torture

Unlawfully Imprisoned Woman At Risk of Torture

Buzainafu Abudourexiti returned to China in 2015 after spending two years studying Islam in Egypt. Amnesty International reports that in March 2017, authorities took her from her parents’ home in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, and sentenced her to five years in prison. Abudourexiti was pregnant at the time of her arrest, but is believed […]

China Bans Muslim Minority’s Language in Schools

China Bans Muslim Minority’s Language in Schools

The ethnically-Muslim Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang province has been banned from using its language in schools. The Education Department in Holtan province issued a five point directive recently. According to Radio Free Asia, the directive urged schools to prevent the Uyghur language in “collective activities, public activities, and management work of the education system” […]

U.S. Downgrades China to List of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

U.S. Downgrades China to List of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

The 2017 Trafficking In Persons (TIPS) report by the United States State Department lists China as one of the worst countries in acknowledging and combating human rights violations. It was grouped into the worst-offending Tier III, where it shares a spot with countries like North Korea and Iran. Last year, the State Department then led […]

China Continues Holding Terminally Ill Dissident

China Continues Holding Terminally Ill Dissident

China has roared back at the U.S. for making “irresponsible remarks” about Liu Xiaobo, a terminally ill Nobel Peace Prize winner serving an 11-year sentence on subversion charges. Xiaobo, who is suffering from liver cancer, was recently transferred to a hospital from his prison cell. He remains, however, under Chinese authority – a move several […]

Is China Suppressing American Values from its Students?

Is China Suppressing American Values from its Students?

Last weekend, Chinese student Yang Shuping had the honor of speaking before her classmates during the graduation ceremony at the University of Maryland. Speaking into the microphone, she took a moment to praise the ground she was standing on: “The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free. I have learned the […]

China Forcing Online Media to Obtain Licenses

China Forcing Online Media to Obtain Licenses

China may be giving North Korea a run for its money when it comes to media censorship. The Communist nation just announced that companies that publish, share or edit news will require a license to do so. And senior editors must be approved by the authorities. Moreover, other staff would be required to undergo training […]

Tibetan Protesters Detained Following Self Immolation

Tibetan Protesters Detained Following Self Immolation

Bystanders near the scene in Tibet where Pema Gyaltsen performed a self-immolation protest have been detained and have had their possessions confiscated, according to Tibet Watch. The 24-year-old farmer was protesting near a scene of bystanders before Chinese authorities detained them. Some of them were beaten, according to reports. Although a number have since been released, […]

Government Proposal Against Censorship in China Gets Censored

Government Proposal Against Censorship in China Gets Censored

Among the developed world, China has long been regarded as enforcing some of the strictest rules on Internet access. Now, government advisers, deputies, delegates and lawmakers are calling on regulators to ease restrictions. Even those who agree with China’s basis to censor politically sensitive information are now arguing that China’s digital nets are spreading too […]

Chinese Judge Ranks Jailing of Human Rights Lawyer Greatest Achievement of 2016

Chinese Judge Ranks Jailing of Human Rights Lawyer Greatest Achievement of 2016

2016 was one for the books. In China, one prominent judge recalled the year in justice and declared a victory for human rights, by praising the arrest of a human rights lawyer. He specifically called out Zhou Shifeng and commended his “severe punishment” for “endangering state security.” Known for taking politically sensitive cases and defending dissident […]

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