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China Sentences Dissident Writer to 10 Years in Jail

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 12:05 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 […]

Longtime Chinese Activist Charged with Subversion

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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A veteran Chinese dissident has been charged with subversion for publishing a poem urging his fellow citizens to rise up and demand greater freedoms. Chinese police arrested Zhu Yufu nearly a year ago after he posted his poem, titled “It’s Time,” on the Internet. The poem was published during the height of the Arab Spring […]

Chinese Dissident Hu Jia Questioned by Police over Internet Comments

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Prominent Chinese dissident Hu Jia said Thursday police have raided his home and called him in for questioning related to comments he made on the Internet in support of a fellow human rights activist. Hu, a prominent campaigner for the rights of HIV/AIDS patients and other civil liberties, was released from prison in June after […]

UN Condemns Harsh Prison Sentences For Chinese Activists

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N.’s top human rights official has condemned the harsh prison sentences that China has recently handed down against pro-democracy activists. A statement issued Monday in Geneva by Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, specifically mentioned prominent dissident Chen Xi, who earlier in the day received a 10-year sentence, and Chen […]

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China Sentences Dissident to 10 Years for Subversion

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has sentenced prominent dissident Chen Xi to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion. After a short trial Monday in Guiyan – the provincial capital of Guizhou province – Chen maintained his innocence, but said he would not appeal the guilty verdict. Chen is a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protest […]

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China Sentences Dissident to 10 Years for Subversion

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has sentenced a prominent dissident to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion. After a short trial Monday in Guiyan – the provincial capital of Guizhou province – Chen Xi maintained his innocence, but said he would not appeal the guilty verdict. Chen is a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protest […]

China Sentences Dissident to 9 Years in Prison

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A court in southwest China tried and sentenced a prominent dissident Friday to nine years in prison for inciting subversion. Lawyers for Chen Wei said he was tried for four essays he wrote and published online that advocated democratic reform of communist-ruled China. The attorneys said the trial in the southwestern city of Suining lasted […]

Vietnam Reduces Blogger’s Sentence

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese appeals court has cut in half the sentence of a Vietnamese-French blogger. Pham Minh Hoang was arrested in August, 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison for subversion. The appeals court cut the sentence to 17 months, meaning he will be released in January. He will still have to serve three years […]

Brothers of Liu Xiaobo Report Visit With Chinese Nobelist

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Relatives of Liu Xiaobo say they have been granted a rare visit with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is jailed in China. Liu’s three brothers told reporters Tuesday that Liu appeared in good health when they visited him in his prison cell last week. One of the brothers said Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, was […]

Chinese Rights Activist Goes on Trial

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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((Updates w/Amnesty React last graf) A Chinese human rights activist has gone on trial in Beijing, nearly four months after her arrest in a widespread crackdown on dissent. Wang Lihong — a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations — was taken into custody in April and charged with creating a disturbance. Rights groups say […]

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