Controversial list of 'illegal' petitioners is halted

Tang Hui. Photo: Xinhua

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

Tahir Khan displays his identity cards. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

Workers rest near a pile of iron ore in Tianjin Municipality. General Moly and Australia's Sundance Resources have expressed concern about a US$1.4 billion bid from China's Hanlong Group. Photo: Reuters

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

Wu Weichun was detained by Henan police for three days because he was found carrying a fruit knife on the street.

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 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

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.

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'

Lianhuashan Park in Shenzhen, where on March 10 last year Wang Dengchao was said to be planning a rally to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the death of Sun Yat-sen.

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

Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, looks close to tears as she whispers a message to one of her surprise visitors. Photos: SCMP, AFP

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

Anhui man secretly detained after land dispute hearing

A picture of Wang showing his wounds. Photo:

A villager from Anhui filed a report with police on Wednesday, claiming he was arrested, illegally detained and tortured after appearing at a land dispute hearing.

27 Dec 2012 - 5:21pm

China Digest, November 22, 2012

A man from Gansu province, studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology, complained to authorities in the capital on Tuesday after his 54-year-old mother was taken away by officers at the Beijing Railway Station while trying to return home on November 12.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Critic of party Jiao Guobiao accused of subversion is moved to new location

Jiao Guobiao. Photo: Raymond Li

Staunch Communist Party critic Jiao Guobiao has been released from the Beijing detention centre where he was taken on subversion charges this month, but remains in police custody, a rights group said yesterday.

25 Sep 2012 - 4:17am

Fears persist on toned-down detention code

Rights advocates are worried that a watered-down regulation on cleaning up the detention system passed last month still gives police too much room to continue existing abuses.

Mainland media said this week the State Council passed the Detention Centre Regulation on February 15 and it would come into effect next month.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Draft secret-detention law posted for comment

Draft amendments to the mainland's Criminal Procedure Law were finally made public yesterday, after leaked excerpts had earlier sparked heated debate.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am