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Mother of jailed Chinese activist says authorities broke promise of cooperation for lenient sentence

The mother of a jailed Chinese activist has said the mainland authorities broke their promise of a lenient sentence for her son in exchange for her cooperation. Liu Feiyue, who created and ran the Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for inciting state “subversion.” His mother Ding […]

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Founder of Chinese rights watch website may face life sentence if convicted of additional charge – Amnesty

Rights watch website founder Liu Feiyue may face an additional charge of “leaking state secrets,” after a local security bureau made a submission stating it had sufficient evidence to warrant the charge, according to NGO Amnesty International. Liu is currently being held for “inciting subversion of state power,” a crime which can lead to five years behind […]

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Citizen journalist Ding Lingjie may have been detained for posting video about Xi Jinping, lawyer says

An editor of a Chinese rights watch website may have been arrested for posting a video involving President Xi Jinping, according to her lawyer. After visiting Ding in a Beijing Detention Centre on Wednesday, Ren Quanniu told US-funded Radio Free Asia the citizen journalist may have been arrested for a clip posted online in September. […]

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Founder of Chinese rights watch website missing for over a week, said to be detained

The founder of a rights watch website in China has been missing for over a week, according to volunteers at the website. Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch first reported that Liu had been taken by police at around 11am last Thursday. He sent them a text message saying: “I’ve been violently taken away! Suizhou Internal Security.” […]

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Founder of Chinese citizen news site taken from his home during police raid as crackdown continues

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained after police searched his home. Huang Qi is the third well-known rights defence figure in China to disappear or be detained in a fortnight, after the disappearances of lawyer Jiang Tianyong and citizen journalist Liu Feiyue, who activists believe to be in police custody. Police in Sichuan […]

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Activists continue to pressure Chinese authorities over missing activist Jiang Tianyong

Activists have continued to push the Chinese authorities to act six days after prominent activist Jiang Tianyong went missing. Jiang has not been heard from since last Monday, after he travelled to Changsha to visit Chen Guiqiu, the wife of a lawyer detained in China’s sweeping crackdown on lawyers and activists in 2015. A former lawyer who was disbarred in […]

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Chinese anti-censorship activist Zhen Jianghua denied access to lawyer

Chinese cyber activist Zhen Jianghua has been denied access to his lawyer whilst being held in a secret location. Zhen is the executive director for Human Rights Campaign in China, a non-profit organisation which spreads information about – and advocates for – human rights activists. He is also the executive editor and founder of ATGFW.org, a website which works against […]

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‘Hostile foreign website’: 64 Tianwang volunteers questioned after founder’s disappearance

Volunteers at the 64 Tianwang rights watch website have been summoned for questioning by the authorities in China after the site’s founder and editor was taken away by police. Police in Sichuan burst into Huang Qi’s home last Monday, searching it and detaining him. He has not been heard from since. Tianwang is an independent […]