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In a revision of the central pillar of China’s state secrets system – the Law on Guarding State Secrets 1 (State Secrets Law) – the Chinese government has tightened its control of the flow of information in the digital age.
[English Translation by Human Rights in China, July 2009. Translation of Articles 1-51 based on the English translation of the 1989 Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets by the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China.] The ninth session of the Standing Committee of...
Internet fever, state control and the hunger for free information
China’s journalists battle local interests and censorship to get the news out Packed full of murder and mayhem, gossip and sport, the Chinese media increasingly reflect an addiction to sensational news similar to that of media in more democratic parts of the world. But the virtual absence of real...
The following organizations from Hong Kong attended the CERD hearing to present a contrasting picture of the situation in the territory to that of the government. HONG KONG HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR The Monitor, one of the territory’s major human rights groups, submitted an in-depth report to the CERD...
One woman’s struggle to help the victims of Henan’s HIV epidemic
The leaked documents published in January 2001 as The Tiananmen Papers comprise a set of highly-classified materials detailing the deliberations of China’s key decision-makers during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and the evolution of those events. Jeremy Paltiel examines what the documents...
Chinese authorities embrace the Unification Church’s teaching on sexuality

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