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Zhang Qingfang, lawyer of legal scholar and founder of the New Citizens movement Xu Zhiyong, center, speaks to the medias near the No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, where Xu stood for his verdict in Beijing Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. A Beijing court on Sunday sentenced a legal scholar and founder of a social movement to four years in jail for disrupting order in public places, in a case that the U.S. government and other critics say is retribution against his push to fight corruption and create equal educational opportunities. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China sentences legal activist to 4 years in jail

By Sun, Jan 26, 2014 3:48PM UTC Comments Off Zhang Qingfang, lawyer of legal scholar and founder of the New Citizens movement Xu Zhiyong, center, speaks to the medias near the No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, where Xu stood for his verdict in Beijing Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. A Beijing court on Sunday sentenced a legal scholar and founder of a social movement to four years in jail for disrupting order in public places, in a case that the U.S. government and other critics say is retribution against his push to fight corruption and create equal educational opportunities. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Sunday sentenced a legal scholar and founder of a social movement to four years in prison for disrupting order in public places, a case that the U.S. government and other critics say is retribution for his push to fight corruption and create equal educational opportunities. Amid tight security,...

China faces human rights scrutiny with UN review

By Wed, Oct 23, 2013 2:02PM UTC Comments Off Activists from the "Students for a Free Tibet organization" display a banner on scaffolding in front of the of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

GENEVA (AP) — Faced with a U.N. review of its human rights, China acknowledged Tuesday that it still faces shortcomings but insists it has reduced poverty and has deepened judicial reforms and protections of ethnic minorities. China put its pride and promise to better itself on display at the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, which reviews...

U.S. says human rights deteriorating in China

By Sat, May 26, 2012 3:10PM UTC Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human rights conditions have deteriorated in China with a “closing of space” for activists and lawyers, while Vietnam also continues to severely restrict freedom of expression, the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The judgments were made in the department’s annual assessment of human rights in countries around the world, that also took...

What China’s dissidents are saying about Chen

By Fri, May 04, 2012 12:38PM UTC 1 Comment What China’s dissidents are saying about Chen

BEIJING (AP) — On Thursday, legal activist Chen Guangcheng told the United States that he wants to leave China, deepening a diplomatic dispute. His case has drawn comments from other prominent Chinese activists and dissidents — both to Chen directly and in other forums. The sampling provided here offers a window into the voices of...

US confirms blind activist wants to leave China

By Thu, May 03, 2012 7:24PM UTC 1 Comment Chen Guangcheng pictured at the US Embassy Wednesday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — The rural Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic standoff between Washington and Beijing now wants to leave China with his family, a U.S. spokeswoman said. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that U.S. officials had spoken twice Thursday with Chen Guangcheng and also with his wife and “they as...

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