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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...

Interview: Jeremy Brown on Learning Lessons and Maintaining Stability After Accidents and Disasters

Late on Tuesday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan’s Jiuzhaigou County, killing at least 19 people and forcing the evacuation of some 60,000. A leaked directive ordered domestic media to follow state news agency Xinhua’s lead in reporting on the disaster—the agency has hailed the ...

Party First, Country Second: Xi’s Parade Breaks Flag Law

Xi Jinping marked the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army at the weekend with a 12,000-strong military parade at the Zhurihe military base in Inner Mongolia. The event sent a forceful if carefully non-specific message to other countries in the region—particularly...

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...

Liu Xiaobo’s Death and Western Rights Advocacy

The news of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s late-stage liver cancer last month sparked many international expressions of support but, as many critics have noted, little concrete action. Since his subsequent death under police guard in a Shenyang hospital, many observers have asked what ...