Human Rights in the People'S Republic of China

Hukou reform plan enters final stage

Plans are afoot to introduce a nationwide residence permit system to pave the way for better access to social services for migrant workers, who were long disadvantaged under an outdated household registration scheme known as hukou.

Monday, 12 March, 2012, 12:00am

Never the twain shall meet

To many in the West, though fewer in Hong Kong and Asia, China's rise is moving roughly according to plan. The forces unleashed by Deng Xiaoping's reforms have created an increasingly free-market economy, albeit with some unwanted legacies, such as the tendency of Chinese companies to receive state support or steal intellectual property.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Activist gets 9 years' jail for critical articles

A former Tiananmen student leader was jailed for nine years yesterday by a Sichuan court for inciting subversion, in what rights groups say is the harshest punishment yet handed down in a sweeping crackdown on dissent this year.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Morality in tatters

A minibus that should seat only nine people was crammed with 64, all but two of them children. On its way to a kindergarten, the minibus collided with a coal truck and, as a result, 21 people were killed and the others injured. This tragic accident that happened last month in Zhengning county, Gansu, sparked a nationwide debate on the safety of school buses in China.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Under attack

Mainland human rights lawyers we have met can only envy how lawyers in Hong Kong and in democratic countries are able to defend their clients in court without facing revenge by the government. The most famous Chinese human rights lawyer is Gao Zhisheng.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

State Council hails China's success on human rights

Beijing yesterday hailed what it's calling a successful implementation of the country's first human rights action plan, saying citizens' overall living conditions have been improved and their rights safeguarded, even though rights groups say abuses continue unabated.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Turning a deaf ear

The Chinese government's current campaign to intimidate and suppress the country's small number of 'human rights lawyers' seems to be succeeding where previous campaigns fell short. Most of the courageous lawyers who have been released from incommunicado detention lasting several days to several months remain disturbingly quiet.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Human rights on the decline, US official says

A senior US official says the human rights situation on the mainland has worsened, and dialogue between American and Chinese officials this week had not left him much more comforted.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Bilateral talks need bite

This week, US and Chinese officials are meeting for their annual human rights dialogue; the EU-China human rights dialogue is expected to take place next month. For years, these dialogues have produced few, if any, concrete results and little improvement in Beijing's approach towards human rights.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Law won't bend for maverick, paper says

Amid official silence over the detention of maverick artist Ai Weiwei, a state-controlled newspaper launched a scathing attack on him yesterday, prompting fears from his mother and supporters that authorities are planning to prosecute him for his criticism of the government.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh call goes out for Beijing 'jasmine' rallies

Another anonymous call for a fresh round of 'jasmine' rallies in Beijing and other key cities on Sunday has been widely circulated on the internet despite a show of force by police to thwart them.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Police warn foreign media to follow rules

Beijing police sent out rare warnings to foreign media outlets yesterday in an attempt to stop repetition of Sunday's drama outside the McDonald's in Wangfujing during a crackdown on a rally prompted by an online call for a 'jasmine revolution'.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The bigger prize

For many years after market reform started in the early 1980s, the people and government of the People's Republic waited impatiently for their first Nobel Prize to glorify their scientific and literary advancements. But the Nobel they wanted never came, and the Nobel Prize that came is not wanted - at least, not by the government.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Nobel Prize award brings joy, sadness to a Chinese abroad

It was very courageous of the Nobel committee to award the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo in spite of the enormous pressure from the Chinese government. I only know the man from reading about what he has done for human rights in China and the suffering that he and his family have had to endure thus far. He is without a doubt a worthy recipient of this award.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Activists say they no longer expect much help from abroad

Ma Yalian was released from detention only a week before the China-United States human rights dialogue took place in Washington this month.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am