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  • Sep 21, 2014
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Controversial list of 'illegal' petitioners is halted

The State Bureau for Letters and Calls that oversees petitioners has stopped compiling a controversial monthly ranking table that was originally intended as a measure of local officials' performance but instead has been blamed for prompting acts of abuse and the illegal detention of people seeking redress from senior leaders.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:47am

Freed teenager accuses police of racial discrimination after year in detention

Nineteen-year-old Tahir Khan, who moved to Hong Kong in 2011, accuses the police of racial discrimination for depriving him of his freedom. He was detained for a year on suspicion of robbery and told by a judge he had no case to answer after he was freed.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 5 comments

Rights activist sues Anhui police over illegal detention of daughter

Zhang Lin, 49, who was previously jailed for leading student hunger strikes in Anhui in support of the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement, lodged his case with provincial prosecutors on Friday.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:30pm

'Detention' puts hold on General Moly loan

General Moly, owner of the largest rare-earths deposit in the US, suspended work on a US$665 million loan after a report that the chairman of the Chinese company arranging the credit has been detained in China.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:03am

Fruit knife detention pierces concepts of freedom

The Henan Business Daily reported on Thursday that the man was taken to a police station by an undercover officer after getting off a bus with his friend. The sharp-eyed policeman noticed the man had a small folding knife attached to his keychain. The officer informed him that it was illegal to carry such a knife in public, and by law the man was detained for three days.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 1 comment

Talking points

The National Bureau of Statistics issues its regular report on house prices in 70 major and medium-sizes cities. The State Council told local authorities on Wednesday to "decisively" curb real estate speculation and take steps to rein in the property market after prices rose the most in two years last month. 

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

Hope against hope for Gao Zhisheng's freedom

Experience with the Chinese justice system teaches that the illegal detention of Gao Zhisheng will continue into the new year. Nevertheless, it would be nice to be proved wrong.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am

Talking points

The maximum weight limit for passengers' luggage on the MTR's East Rail Line drops from 33kg to 23kg today. This is one of the measures announced last week to crack down on mainlanders buying milk formula in Hong Kong, which has led to a shortage.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am

Policeman Wang Dengchao jailed for graft 'after calling for democracy'

A Shenzhen policeman was sentenced to 14-1/2 years' jail on corruption charges in November after he tried to organise a pro-democracy rally in a local park, his wife said yesterday.

4 Jan 2013 - 8:46am

Video: Dissidents beat Beijing security cordon to meet wife of jailed Liu Xiaobo

Dramatic video footage emerged yesterday of several dissidents breaking through a security cordon to reach the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is herself under house arrest.

The four-minute video, posted on YouTube, is shot in the apartment building in Beijing where Liu Xia is being held and represents a daring affront to the authorities.

1 Jan 2013 - 11:32am 1 comment