Charter 08

Who's afraid of whom at the Lius' home?

Liu Xia, wife of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, reacts to an unexpected visit by a group of activists at her home in Beijing on December 28, 2012.

You would have to be heartless not to feel sorry for the frightened woman, wearing a beanie against the indoor cold of her Beijing home, who took fright at a bunch of troublemakers barging through her front door last Friday.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 2:52am 1 comment

China dissident Hu Jia kept at home on UN Human Rights Day

Chinese dissident Hu Jia. Photo: Reuters

Chinese police barred prominent dissident Hu Jia from leaving home on Monday after he proposed marking UN Human Rights Day near the home of a jailed Nobel laureate’s wife, who is herself under house arrest.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nobel Prize winner's family denied visits

Jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo - accused of being a 'black hand' in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement 22 years ago - has not been allowed to see his family for nearly eight months, raising concerns that he is being denied his basic rights in retaliation for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Dissident upbeat on China after Nobel Peace Prize

Yang Jianli was a PhD student in the US when the Tiananmen democracy movement broke out in 1989. Keen to participate, he went back and witnessed the June 4 crackdown. He said that was 'a point of no return' in his life.

'I saw tanks rolling over students,' he said. 'I felt China had no choice but to change.'

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Police take Christian leader, family from home

Police took a Christian legal scholar and rights activist from his Beijing home for interrogation this week, along with his wife and young son, as the government's crackdown on the dissident community continues unabated ahead of next month's Nobel Prize awards ceremony.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A confident nation must have room for dissent

The Nobel Peace Committee is not known for shying away from controversy in the awarding of its annual prize. Once before, in 1989, it courted the fury of the government of a fifth of the world's population - by honouring Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. There the similarity with this year's award ends.

9 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Charter 08 writer to face charges today

Prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo is expected to face formal charges of inciting subversion today, a year after he and other human rights activists published the 'Charter 08' manifesto.

Liu, one of the charter's authors, was detained on December 8 last year, two days before the document was published, but was only officially arrested in June.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Rising critical stirrings leave officials on edge

Being dismissive of intellectuals is a pleasurable pastime enjoyed by many people. Maybe this is why the enormous significance of the growing Charter 08 movement on the mainland has been somewhat underplayed in Hong Kong.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am