Leaders pave way for passing of law that may allow secret detentions

Much of the mainland public had been hoping for the removal of clauses in the latest draft of the amended Criminal Procedure Law that might legalise secret detentions.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012, 12:00am

Tweaks scale back detention law

The central government has scaled back police powers in the final draft of amendments to the mainland's Criminal Procedure Law, removing some clauses that rights advocates contended would make secret detentions easier.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Plea for care in civil trial rulings

The mainland's top court issued a notice this week, urging all courts to take special care when hearing cases touching on controversial topics such as private loans and the lease of farmland.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tycoon's death sentence under attack on internet

The upholding of a death sentence against legendary 29-year-old Zhejiang businesswoman Wu Ying for fraud has sparked an uproar online, with many questioning if the penalty is proportional to Wu's crime.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Protest application calls for rejoicing

Petitioners in Tianjin are excited that police have accepted an application to stage a protest on Sunday, which marks the annual National Law Publicity Day - although they hold little hope that their application will actually be approved.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyer reveals detention ordeal

A combination of physical and mental abuse, relentless brainwashing and threats kept rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong silent after his release from two months' detention.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Survival of two and a half year-old girl moves many hearts

The survival of a two and a half year-old girl has come as much-needed good news amid immense grief and anger surrounding the Wenzhou train crash. But it has also deepened the controversy over the alleged early halting of rescue operations after the accident.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Police hound activist on family day out

Yesterday's International Children's Day was a traumatic one for milk activist Zhao Lianhai's young son and daughter.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am