Xu Zhiyong

Jailing of Xu Zhiyong a disgrace

Xu Zhiyong

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

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

Wang Gongquan

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

Sympathizers campaigning for the activists' release. Screenshot via Sina Weibo

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 seen in an undated photo shared on Sina Weibo.

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

Xu Zhiyong appears in a video apparently smuggled out of prison and shared on Thursday.

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

Xu Zhiyong in a 2007. His arrest on July 16 has gone unreported in Chinese media. Photo: AP

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

Xu Zhiyong. Photo: AP

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

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 1 comment

Who said it?

Lawyer Michael Vidler

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

A blow for freedom: The campaign in memory of Sun Zhigang, 10 years on

Sun Zhigang, whose death after his arrest for failure to produce a residence permit caused a national outcry. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

When Xu Zhiyong read a news report in late April, 2003, about a young man who had been beaten to death in police custody, he slumped dumbfounded in front of his computer.

14 May 2013 - 7:42am 3 comments

Why is Beijing cracking down on peaceful civil movements?

Activist Zhao Changqing, among the eight detained by police in a recent crackdown on peaceful civic movements. Photo by Xiao Shu

Xi Jinping's administration is sending out very contradictory signals about its commitment to the rule of law and the fight against corruption. Since he became president in March, Xi has repeatedly called for ruling the country by its constitution and, in his own words, going after “both the tigers and the flies” of corrupt party officials.

27 Apr 2013 - 11:45pm

Democracy activist Xu Zhiyong defiant despite pressure

Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong has a dream - of China becoming "a country with freedom, justice and love".

"It will be a simple and happy society with minimal hostility and divisions - and there will be innocent smiles on everybody's faces," the mild-mannered 39-year-old said this week.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:20am

Who said it?

Activist Xu Zhiyong

For the world to become a better place, someone has to pay a price

Activist Xu Zhiyong on the risks of standing up to Beijing


There wasn't much point in a judicial inquiry unless it's implemented. It's snakes and ladders

Lawyer Mark Lewis on British leader David Cameron's rejection of a judge's call for press legislation

1 Dec 2012 - 2:53am

Briefs, November 27, 2012

Sichuan chief visits Deng's hometown

Sichuan province's new party chief Wang Dongming visited the memorial park of late leader Deng Xiaoping in Guangan city, Deng's hometown, on Sunday. Wang recalled Deng's achievement and expressed his loyalty to the reforms. He Huifeng

No barriers to doing business with Taiwan

27 Nov 2012 - 3:42am