Hong Kong Bans Pro-Independence Political Party, Sparking Outcry
Using colonial-era legislation once used to target "triad" criminal gangs in the city, Hong Kong's secretary for security John Lee announced the move in a formal notice via the government's legislative gazette.
China's Christians Have 'Mixed Feelings' About Vatican Agreement on Bishops
The controversial deal eliminates the division between bishops and churches recognized by the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association and those appointed by Rome, which will likely result in an expansion of the Catholic Church in China.
Tensions Rise Between China And Taiwan Over Residence Permits, 'Spies'
Beijing announced last month that residents of former colonies Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Taiwan, which has never been ruled by Beijing, will now be eligible for permanent residency and a smart ID card like those issued to citizens of mainland China.
Chinese Dissident Couple Granted Bail But to Face Trial in Thailand
Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok with her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center.They had lodged a bail application last week in a bid to stall attempts to repatriate them to China, where they fear political reprisals at the hands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
China Mulls Purge of Foreign Content From Media, School Textbooks
The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) issued a "consultation" paper on Thursday that proposed forbidding radio and television broadcasters from airing any foreign news content, as well as from transmitting audio-visual programs made overseas during prime time in the evening.The paper called for "opinions" on the proposed rule changes.
U.S. Orders Chinese State News Outlets to Register as Foreign Agents
The U.S. Justice Department had demanded that China's official Xinhua News Agency and state-owned international broadcaster CGTN register as foreign agents, which could limit their access in Washington, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal and by Bloomberg news agency.
China Detains, 'Disappears' Parents of Faulty Vaccine Victims
Dong Junhua, the parent of a child affected by substandard vaccines from Dancheng county in the central province of Henan, is being held under criminal detention on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," his wife said in a recent interview.
Wife of Chinese Cartoonist Calls For Pressure on Beijing, Alleges Torture
In an open letter, Chu hit out at the Chinese government for pursuing her husband out of political revenge for satirical cartoons about President Xi Jinping, one of which depicted Xi as an emperor with a bird in a cage, clad in silk embossed with the Communist Party's hammer and sickle, and ignoring sick and impoverished workers and farmers standing before him.
Editor Wanted by Police From China's Jiangxi Over 'Coffin-Snatching' Video
Many elderly people in rural China purchase their coffins in preparation for their own funerals in accordance with traditional preferences for burial in or near one's ancestral home, and officials in some parts of the country have been forcibly removing them from people's homes in a bid to encourage them to use cremation instead, sparking online outrage in recent weeks.
‘Suffering and Hardship Belong to Me’: A Voice From a Chinese Prison
Mr. Xu described his imprisonment, part of a broader crackdown on Chinese civil society under President Xi Jinping, in an essay translated and published this week on the website China Change. In recent years, hundreds of rights activists and lawyers have been imprisoned or disappeared. Many have retreated into silence or fled overseas. But a few, including Mr. Xu, who was released in mid-2017, are still speaking out.
China's Embattled Human Rights Lawyers Set up Legal Consultancy
A group of former rights attorneys who have lost their "business license" at the hands of local justice departments, and may no longer represent clients in court, have formed a company called the China Lawyers' Club in the southwestern region of Guangxi, RFA has learned.
Ailing Chinese Democracy Activist Probed For 'Subversion' Over Art Auction
Zhu Yufu was released from the Zhejiang No. 4 Prison in March, where he had reported retaliatory treatment, including the cancellation of his meals, after his relatives traveled to the United States to campaign for his release.
Thai Court Rules Police Can Hold Chinese Dissident Couple For 12 More Days
Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok with her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center. They had lodged a bail application last week in a bid to stall attempts to repatriate them to China, where they fear political reprisals at the hands of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
China, Vatican 'May Sign Deal' on Chinese Catholics, Bishops: Taiwan
A report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday cited two people close to negotiations as saying that a deal was very close.In Taipei, Taiwan foreign affairs spokesman Li Hsien-chang said the democratic island's officials had a similar understanding of the situation.
Chinese Refugees in Thailand Renew Bail Bid From Immigration Detention Center
Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok alongside her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center.
China Cancels Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' Amid Ever-Widening Censorship
The touring production of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" by Berlin's Schaubühne theater was staged from Sept. 6-8 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Chinese Political Refugee on Hunger Strike in Thai Immigration Detention Center
Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok alongside her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center.
At Least 15 Workers, Maoist Supporters Still Detained Over Labor Union Campaign
Peking University graduate and former #MeToo campaigner Yue Xin remains incommunicado after being detained along with around 50 other supporters of the workers' movement at the Jasic Technology factory in Guangdong's Shenzhen city, the support campaign said in a statement posted to Github.
Police Ban, Shut Down Large Protestant Church in China's Capital
The bureau of civil affairs in Beijing's Chaoyang district issued a notice banning the Zion Church on Sunday, saying it had broken rules by organizing mass gatherings without registering with the authorities.
U.S. Weighs Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Over Muslim Detention Camps
The economic penalties would be one of the first times the Trump administration has taken action against China because of human rights violations. United States officials are also seeking to limit American sales of surveillance technology that Chinese security agencies and companies are using to monitor Uighurs throughout northwest China.
Chinese Police Ban Activist's Planned Visit to Democratic Taiwan
Shi Jing was called in for questioning by police in Jiangsu's provincial capital Nanjing at the weekend and warned that he wouldn't be allowed to leave China, he told RFA on Monday.
China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’
Inside, hundreds of ethnic Uighur Muslims spend their days in a high-pressure indoctrination program, where they are forced to listen to lectures, sing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party and write “self-criticism” essays, according to detainees who have been released.
China’s Little-Noticed ‘New Police Law’ Gives Vastly Expanded Legal Powers to Public Security Apparatus
He’s mistaken. The Ministry of Public Security on December 1, 2016 published the Draft Amendment  of People’s Police Law of the People’s Republic of China  (《中华人民共和国人民警察法》修订草案稿, referred to throughout as the ‘New Police Law’), which significantly increases police powers. The amendments have essentially written China’s police a blank check allowing them to inspect any IDs they wish, to collect personal information, and intrude on citizens’ privacy at will.
An Open Letter on Ilham Tohti’s Life
The Chinese occupying authorities are cracking down on Uyghurs with the use of widespread surveillance, language restrictions, elimination of cultural and religious expression, forcible political indoctrination, family separation, and mass incarceration. Prof. Ilham criticized oppressive policies such as these, and called for dialogue, reconciliation and the regional autonomy China promised. Serving a life sentence now, he has suffered physical abuse and been banned from corresponding with his family.
China Clamps Down on Public Discussion of African Swine Flu Outbreaks
On Aug. 25, a video of police detaining a woman in her home in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong went viral, with commenters focusing on the arbitrary detention of the woman by officers who said "because we are the police," when she asked them why she was being detained.
Ailing Rights Activist 'Beaten' by Prosecutor in China's Sichuan: Lawyer
Apparently frustrated that Huang refuses to plead guilty to charges of "leaking state secrets overseas," prosecutors from Sichuan's Mianyang city have been beating him about the head in a bid to extract a "confession," defense attorney Liu Zhengqing said on Friday.
Prominent Chinese Rights Activist 'Released' on Bail, But Surveillance Continues
Xu Qin, a key figure in the China Human Rights Observer group founded by jailed veteran dissident Qin Yongmin, was held on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," a public order charge typically used in the initial detention of activists.
Chinese Activist Who Shared Anti-Censorship Techniques in Secret Trial
He stood trial in Zhuhai on Aug. 10, according to a brief statement that appeared on the Case Information Disclosure website of China's state prosecutor, the People's Procuratorate, but which was later deleted, sources said.
Police in China's Wuhan Beat, Detain Protesters Angry Over Power Project
Several thousand residents of Hubei's provincial capital and Yangtze River port Wuhan took to the streets on Tuesday and Wednesday over plans to build a transforming station in the city's Gaoxin district, local residents told RFA.
Chinese Officials Attend Editorial Meeting of Hong Kong Newspaper
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said the three officials attended the editorial meeting on Aug. 30 as "observing guests," amid concerns that the paper has increasingly leaned towards the ruling Chinese Communist Party line since being taken over by New York-listed conglomerate Alibaba.