Politics

Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Disappeared, Says Wife

Renowned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been under house arrest for the last three years, suddenly disappeared from his home on Aug. 13. As of Aug. 15, there has been no update on his whereabouts. Gao’s wife Geng He, who lives in the United States, confirmed Gao’s disappearance wit...

‘Changes in Judicial Interpretation’ Prompt Chinese Authorities to Release Falun Gong Practitioners

A district court in central China’s Henan Province recently dropped charges against practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual discipline that was marked for persecution in 1999, on account of “changes in judicial interpretations.” The case is the latest highly unusual in...

For the First Time, China Officially Compensates Persecuted Victim’s Family

In an unprecedented decision, a Chinese court has ordered that significant compensation be paid to the family of a prisoner of conscience who died in custody. The case could inspire families across China to demand state compensation for the deaths of their loved ones. In May 2012, less than 14 hour...

China Issues Formal Compensation to Family of Killed Falun Gong Practitioner

In an unprecedented decision, a Chinese court officially ordered significant compensation be paid to the family of a prisoner of conscience who died in custody. The case sets a precedent which could have a significant impact, inspiring more families to demand state compensation for the deaths of th...