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

Monday, 2 September, 2013, 11:59am

Rule of law still a distant reality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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