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Xu Zhiyong

Jailing of Xu Zhiyong a disgrace

You can understand why Chinese authorities consider Liu Xiaobo such a political threat. His call for democratisation and peaceful political transition may sound moderate to people living outside China.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 4:23am 25 comments

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

On January 22, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published an excoriating report on the extent of offshore accounts owned by China's wealthy and powerful. We illustrate how the exposé ties in with the timelines of other important ongoing stories.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:15pm 1 comment

Billionaire liberal activist Wang Gongquan formally arrested

Outspoken human rights advocate Wang Gongquan, who has been detained by police for more than a month on charges of disturbing public order, has been formally arrested, according to his lawyer.

21 Oct 2013 - 1:47pm

First New Citizen Movement activists to stand trial in China

At least three members of the New Citizen Movement, a group of activists calling for the respect of human rights and government transparency in China, are expected to stand trial the southeastern province of Jiangxi province within two weeks.

16 Oct 2013 - 5:17pm 1 comment

Outspoken investor Wang Gongquan detained by police amid widening crackdown

Wang Gongquan, a prominent Chinese venture capitalist and close friend of arrested rights activist Xu Zhiyong, has been detained by police on Friday at his home in Beijing.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:20pm 1 comment

Detained activist Xu Zhiyong calls for 'courageous citizens to stand up' in secret video

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong, in police custody since mid-July, has released a video message from his cell, calling on his compatriates "to be citizens" and "realise rights, obligations and dreams" laid down by the nation's constitution.

8 Aug 2013 - 6:25pm

Leading liberals launch petition demanding activist Xu Zhiyong's release

Three of China's most prominent liberal voices have started collecting signatures for a petition to demand the release of Xu Zhiyong, one of the founders of a civic movement calling for transparent and constitutional rule.

31 Jul 2013 - 6:54pm

US calls for immediate release of detained Chinese lawyer Xu Zhiyong

The United States on Thursday called on China to release a human rights lawyer who has campaigned against government corruption, saying it appeared he was being penalised for his activism.

19 Jul 2013 - 11:58am

Leading citizen movement activist Xu Zhiyong arrested

One of China's most prominent human rights activists was taken into custody by police on Tuesday at his home, where he spent the last three months under house arrest.

31 Jul 2013 - 6:56pm 2 comments

Who said it?

Like all people wanting to marry, she wants her wedding, when it comes, to be magical

Lawyer Michael Vidler on W, the transexual woman who has won the right to marry


I've been to China three times. I hope the Great Wall is still there.

TV veteran Barbara Walters on failing to see the sights in the places she visited


14 May 2013 - 2:57am