Timeline: activist's list of Chinese political arrests shows crackdown is gathering pace

Tiananmen Square on Monday. Photo: EPA

Monday, 2 September, 2013, 11:59am

Rule of law still a distant reality

Liu Xia, wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, weeps in anguish after her brother Liu Hui was jailed. Photo: AP

Business fraud on the mainland is nothing unusual. As long as the accused is given a fair trial and sentenced according to the severity of the offence, it need not be a cause for concern. But what sets the case of Liu Hui apart is that he is the brother-in-law of Nobel Peace Prize winner-cum-dissident Liu Xiaobo. Liu Hui was sentenced to 11 years in prison for pocketing three million yuan in a property transaction.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Before the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, the most serious public incident in Chengdu was the protest against the setting up of a petrochemical plant in the suburbs of Pengzhou city. People answered blog calls and gathered "for a peaceful stroll" on May 4. That followed a number of anti-pollution protests in Xiamen.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 4 comments

Activists' families targeted in harassment campaign

Chen Guangcheng

The elder brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng was woken when a torrent of rocks, bricks and beer bottles flew into his family's courtyard, smashing roof tiles and windows.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am 4 comments

No limit to the length and breadth of phishing attacks on dissident writers

Independent Chinese PEN Centre in a symbolic activity to 'deliver' Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia support signature across the world. Photo: Felix Wong

In the winter of 2009 to 2010, a mainland writer friend whose pen name is Zhao Dagong was arrested and detained by the security police. Zhao is vice-president and secretary of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, a group of banned mainland writers whose president is Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate, currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

China has made significant progress in legal reform, but there are stubborn impediments to the rule of law. Chinese courts are still subject to political interference.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 4 comments

Diaoyus activist gives girlfriend a wedding proposal she won't forget

Yang Kuang (left) and partner-in-protest Liu Shasha met in Sichuan last month and have been inseparable since. Photo: SMP

When she and Hong Kong boyfriend Yang Kuang were hustled to a police station by five officers, mainland activist Liu Shasha heard a whisper in her ear that calmed her down.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 2 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

China's slow but sure democratisation

China's slow but sure democratisation

Since Xi Jinping was anointed as China's new leader, reports of official repression of dissent have hardly abated. But, while criticism of China's human rights record clearly has merit, it is important not to lose sight of the extent of genuine political change.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 4 comments

A free Liu Xiaobo will be less of a headache for Beijing

Liu Xiaobo

Communists are supposed to be unsentimental realists who care only about outcomes and results. So even judging by the ethics-free standard of pure realpolitik, the jailing of dissident and Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been a complete disaster for Beijing.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 7 comments

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

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize lecture scorned by China dissidents

Mo Yan during his lecture in Stockholm on Friday. Photo: EPA

Mo Yan's Nobel lecture did little to dispel ongoing controversy in China's literary circles, with state media widely covering this year's literature prize winner even as dissident artists piled on derision.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Anxious authorities crack down on critics ahead of party congress

Legal scholar and civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong. Photo: Adam Sidman

Mainland authorities have stepped up harassment of government critics ahead of the Communist Party's upcoming 18th national congress, warning them against speaking out during the sensitive leadership reshuffle.

28 Oct 2012 - 7:55am 4 comments

Green activist Liu Futang in court over books he gave away

Liu Futang, a retired forestry official, has exposed environmental conflicts. Photo: SCMP

A vocal environmentalist faced charges of "illegal business operation" in a court in Hainan yesterday for self-publishing books on environmental conflicts caused by government-backed projects.

The prosecution of Liu Futang, a former forestry official, is aimed at stifling dissent over widespread pollution on the mainland, analysts said.

12 Oct 2012 - 10:06am

Our dissidents' glory days are numbered

The conspicuously disappointing turnout for the July 1 march was quite expected. The pro-democracy movement believed that up to 200,000 would take part, given the high level of dissatisfaction with the Tsang administration. On top of that, they thought the high turnout on June 4 would have a knock-on effect. Such euphoria blinded them to the reality.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am