Dissident held over Li Wangyang death moved to secret location

Zhu Chengzhi, who spoke out over the death of Li Wangyang.

A Hunan dissident charged with "inciting subversion of state power" following the death of democracy activist Li Wangyang was placed under "residential surveillance" at an undisclosed location yesterday - a move his lawyer says is designed to prevent him from challenging

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Dissident jailed for 8 years on subversion charges

A court in China has sentenced a man to eight years in prison for trying to form an opposition party and for online messages criticising the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:32pm

Sensible tactic to preserve creative space

Much has been made by Mo Yan's critics about his pen name, which means silence or say nothing. Photo: AP

Should every mainland artist or intellectual who has achieved prominence shout at the top of their lungs against the central authorities and become, inevitably thereafter, dissidents?

Some foreign critics and mainland dissidents seem to think so. And that seems to be the gist of their criticisms against Mo Yan since he won this year's Nobel Prize for literature.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 3 comments

Wife of Mongolian activist says she was detained

Hada, with his wife Xinna, in 2010. Photo: AFP

The wife of a long-imprisoned ethnic Mongolian activist in China said on Monday that she has spent nearly two years in detention and house arrest on a fabricated charge to silence her family, and that her husband is suffering from depression.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Ai Weiwei loses appeal on US$2.4m fine

Artist Ai Weiwei shows court documents to reporters outside a court in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: AFP

A Chinese court upheld a US$2.4 million tax evasion fine against China’s most famous dissident Ai Weiwei on Thursday, paving the way for him to be jailed if he does not pay.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China frees Yahoo dissident after 10 years

Police wait outside the Beijing No 2 prison after the release of dissident Wang Xiaoning on Friday. Photo: AFP

A Chinese dissident convicted of subversion based on evidence provided by US internet company Yahoo was released from prison on Friday after serving a 10-year term, his wife said.

Wang Xiaoning, 62, became a cause celebre after a Beijing court named Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) as the source of evidence that led to his 2003 conviction, in a public relations disaster for the company.

31 Aug 2012 - 12:18pm

Jailed dissident in Yahoo case to be freed

A Chinese dissident whose conviction for subversion was based on evidence provided by US internet giant Yahoo will be released from a 10-year prison term this week, his wife said on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

Harassment stepped up, dissident says

Shanghai's best-known dissident, lawyer Zheng Enchong, yesterday said harassment by authorities had increased ahead of a key political meeting next month and the Olympics later in the year.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

A sinking democratic ship

All's quiet on the political front. But that is not because the dissidents of the pro-democracy camp have stopped trying to stir up trouble.

In fact, they have tried very hard, to the point of accusing the communists (aka the central government) of infiltrating their parties and tapping their office phones.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Big brother loses sight of 'little' protesters

The nightly reports live from Belgrade on CNN are provoking mirthless laughs among correspondents resident in Beijing. After each despatch from the bombed Serb capital, the announcer in Atlanta solemnly warns listeners that journalists are closely supervised and cannot travel outside the capital without permission.

1 May 1999 - 12:00am

Dissident ban 'a blow to faith'

Blocking the entry of 11 mainland dissidents this week was a breach of the 'one country, two systems' principle, a human rights activist said yesterday.

The Government had discriminated against the dissidents, including Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng, who wanted to attend a conference next month on China's political future, the director of Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, said.

24 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Health of dissident Qin deteriorated

The health of veteran dissident Qin Yongmin has deteriorated after four months in jail without treatment for a heart ailment, a Hong Kong-based human rights group reported yesterday.

22 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Dissident crackdown regrettable, says Canada

The crackdown on mainland dissidents was described by Canada's ambassador to China yesterday as a regrettable step backwards on human rights.

Howard Balloch said societies tended to change slowly, making it longer for China's political institutions to catch up with expectations of greater sensitivity.

3 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Dissidents 'have much work to do'

The director of New York-based Human Rights in China said the dissident movement had a lot of work to do.

Liu Qing said its immediate task both in and out of China was to appeal for international support and win the release of all the political prisoners.

'Appeals have to be made and governments and the United Nations have to be lobbied,' he said.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am