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Today, Hong Kong police cleared out the Admiralty site of a 74-day peaceful mass civil disobedience movement pressing for genuine universal suffrage. But instead of the closing of a troubling political chapter, hoped for by both the local and central governments, the Umbrella Movement in fact was “...
Editor’s note: This article was completed on December 7, 2014, four days before the Hong Kong police carried out the final clearing of the main protest in Admiralty. What’s next for the Umbrella Revolution? Therein lies the strength of a post-modern political movement: Success is no longer defined...
In the second and concluding session of China’s UN review for its compliance with the Convention Against Torture , the Chinese delegation resorted to a familiar formula in responding to the detailed questions raised by the Committee against Torture experts: long lists of partial and out-of-context...
In an outrageous ruling, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court added one more charge for rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) , and convicted him of both “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” — for which he was tried—and “picking...
In an appeal to the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ), who was sentenced last week to six years of imprisonment for “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” and “picking quarrels and provoking...
我的法庭陈述 各位、法官、检察官、律师及亲友们:大家好! 广州市检察院、穗检公——刑诉(2016)5号起诉书检控我以“造谣、诽谤”等方式煽动颠覆国家政权、推翻社会主义制度,其行为触犯了《中华人民共和国刑法》第一百零五条第二款,以煽动颠覆国家政权罪追究我刑事责任,我现在作出自辩。 是公民的良知和责任,使今天我又一次站在法庭的被告席上。廿七年前的北京春夏之交,我参与和见证了那场史无前例的反腐败、争民主、争自由、史称“六四事件”的学生运动,目睹了手无寸铁年轻的学生惨死的一幕。廿七年过去了,惨景挥之不去,至今仍痛彻我心扉,总有一种不可抑制的冲动和责任,促使我为冤死的学生英魂去奔走呐喊。为此,我写下了...
Labor activist Liu Shaoming ( 刘少明 ) was tried today at a court in Guangzhou for “inciting subversion of state power,” in a case that is almost entirely based on Liu’s writings published online. The trial ended without a verdict. Liu, a former worker who supported the 1989 Democracy Movement and has...
The Chinese legislature passed today a law, introduced in draft in April 2015, which had elicited widespread concerns among diverse sectors of the international community about its potential to undermine the role and contributions that foreign organizations make toward China’s growing civil society...
A group of well-known activists in China have initiated a 24-hour relay hunger strike campaign, beginning on May 4, to urge the Chinese authorities to take immediate action to provide Guo Feixiong with immediate medical treatment. The initial seven hunger strikers include Tan Zuoren, the...
On May 1, 2016, Lawyer Ma Lianshun visited his client, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , in Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center and learned that on April 27, Yu had begun a hunger strike to protest 1) his prolonged pretrial detention— two years since he was first detained in May 2014 —with no sign of being...

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