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Blind Chinese Activist’s Brother Flees Guarded Home

Posted May 24th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is reported to have fled his tightly guarded village in northeast China to seek legal advice on how to protect his son from what he says are retaliatory criminal charges. Media reports say Chen Guangfu met with a lawyer in Beijing Thursday after sneaking out of his […]

Chinese Dissident Submits Passport Application

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says he and his family have filled out passport application forms, and says Chinese authorities tell him travel documents should be issued by the end of the month. Chen spoke Wednesday to VOA’s Mandarin service from a hospital room in Beijing, where he has been recovering for the past two […]

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Chinese Dissident Concerned About Relatives, China Responds

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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China pushed back Wednesday against accusations made by blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, after he pleaded his case to a U.S. congressional hearing for the second time in less than two weeks. Chen told U.S. lawmakers via telephone from his Beijing hospital on Tuesday that he is concerned about the safety of his family, saying both […]

Chinese Dissident Chen: Discussions on US Visa Under Way

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng says U.S. diplomats are holding discussions with their Chinese counterparts on plans for him to travel to New York for a teaching fellowship, but have been asked to maintain a low profile on the case. In an interview with VOA, Chen said an official, sent and authorized by the central […]

Chinese Rights Advocate says Family Visited Jailed Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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A religious-freedom watchdog group says relatives of a jailed Chinese human-rights lawyer visited him last week. ChinaAid says it learned from the wife of Gao Zhisheng that her father and brother-in-law visited him for a half-hour on Saturday at a prison in a remote part of the western Xinjiang region. It was the first time […]

China Sentences Activist to 7 Years Over Poem

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Veteran Chinese democracy activist Zhu Yufu has been sentenced to seven years in prison after writing a poem urging his fellow citizens to rise up and demand greater freedoms. His wife and son said Friday that Zhu was found guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” by a Chinese court in the eastern city of […]

Chinese Prosecutors Cite ‘Subversive’ Poem as Evidence at Dissident Trial

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese prosecutors on Tuesday presented the poem of a veteran Chinese dissident as evidence of inciting subversion. The lawyer of Zhu Yufu said prosecutors at the trial in eastern China cited his poem, titled “It’s Time,” which urged his fellow citizens to rise up and demand greater freedoms. The poem was published during the height […]

Cuban Prisoner Dies After Hunger Strike

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuban human rights activists say jailed dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza has been buried in his hometown in eastern Cuba. The activists say the 31-year-old Villar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died Thursday following a seven-week-long hunger strike. Last November, Villar was arrested after taking part in a march. A few days later, he was […]

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Cuban Prisoner Dies After Hunger Strike

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuban human rights activists say jailed dissident Wilman Villar Mendoza has died following a seven-week-long hunger strike. The activists say the 31-year-old Villar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died Thursday in a Santiago hospital, where he had been transferred. Last November, Villar was arrested after taking part in a march. A few days later, […]

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China Sentences Dissident Writer to 10 Years in Jail

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese writer and democracy activist Li Tie has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after penning a series of essays urging citizens to defend their rights. A relative of the activist said Thursday Li was found guilty of “subversion of state power” by a court in central China earlier this week. The relative says […]

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