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Thursday marks the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and China's government censors are hard at work stamping out any mentions.

On Wednesday, dozens of Chinese lawyers signed an open letter addressed to the National People’s Congress urging the legislative body not to enact a draft law targeting non-governmental groups that receive funding from abroad.

A song dedicated to the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre composed by Yang Fengshi, please watch it on YouTube

On May 21, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights hosted the 2015 RFK Book and Journalism Award at the Newseum.  Laogai Research Foundation's executive director Harry Wu, along with other three hundred guests, attended the event. 

Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强),50-year-old, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been held for more than a year, was criminally charged today for comments he made online.

Pu was accused of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", offenses that carry a 10-year jail sentence, for his writings on Chinese social media Sina Weibo.  

Laogai Research Foundation Executive Director Harry Wu discussed Gao Yu case on Radio Free Asia on April 29. 

Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison. Last November, in a closed trial, the No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing had twice delayed handing down a verdict.

Joseph Noonan, the son of LRF board member Ann Noonan, delivered a persuasive argument to the Board of Broadcasting Governors (BBG) on behalf of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) that called for the continued broadcasting of short wave and medium wave radio and satellite television into China in light of increased censorship.

Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison. Last November, in a closed trial, the No. 3 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing had twice delayed handing down a verdict.

The five Chinese women's right activists originally detained in early March have been released after more than a month in the Haidian Detention Center outside of Beijing. The five—Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, and Wu Rongrong—were detained on the eve of International Women’s Day for planning a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation.

Per multiple reports, Xue Feng, a Chinese born US citizen, was released from Beijing Number 2 Prison recently. Xue was originally detained in November 2007 for “stealing state secrets.” The charge stemmed from allegations that Xue had relayed sensitive information regarding the Chinese oil industry to foreigners while on a business trip.

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