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A court in Urumqi, Xinjiang sentenced seven students of Ilham Tohti to prison terms of three to eight years on charges of separatism, the same charge for which Ilham is currently serving a life sentence. The students allegedly assisted Ilham in operating a website on which users discussed issues impacting the minority Uighur community. The court issued lighter sentences to students who testified...Read more
On December 4, 2014, the Chinese state media reported that China will stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners by January 1, 2015 and only voluntarily donated organs from civilians can be used in transplants. The Laogai Research Foundation welcomes such change and urges the Chinese government to enforce its own policy, since it previously promised to terminate the practice of using organs...Read more
The three founders of the Occupy Central protest movement in Hong Kong released a statement on Tuesday announcing their intention to surrender by turning themselves over to police. The movement’s founders’ decision to surrender follows a particularly violent clash on Sunday evening during which police beat and arrested scores of activists protesting outside of a government building. Clarifying...Read more
On November 10, the People’s Court of Kashgar in Xinjiang in northwest China sentenced 22 people to prison terms for their religious activities. The sentences ranged from five to 16 years. The crimes included “impersonating imams,” “illegal religious activities,” and “inciting ethnic hatred and discrimination.” This is the Chinese Communist Party’s newest round of crackdown on Islam – the...Read more
The trial of Gao Yu , a journalist detained in April, is scheduled to begin on Friday, November 21. Prosecutors have charged the 70-year-old activist with “illegally disseminating state secrets” for leaking a Communist Party directive warning against the dangers of “universal values.” If convicted, Gao faces a sentence of up to life in prison. Also on November 21, a court in Urumqi will hear the...Read more
The founder and president of the organization Women's Rights Without Frontiers Reggie Littlejohn published an Op-ed on CNN condemn forced abortion and gendercide. She writes: "In China, the birth ratio of girls to boys is the most skewed in the world -- approximately 100 girls born for every 118 boys. When couples are restricted to one child, women often become the focus of intense pressure by...Read more
At a joint press conference with President Obama following the APEC Summit in Beijing, President Xi Jinping defended the Chinese government’s decisions to reject visa applications from a number of foreign journalists. Responding to a question regarding media freedom in China posed by a New York Times correspondent, Xi blamed the barred foreign journalists for their inability to obtain a Chinese...Read more
As world leaders gather in Beijing for the APEC Summit, the Communist Party continues its crackdown against activists voicing support for the protests in Hong Kong. Since the Hong Kong protests began on September 26, Chinese authorities on the Mainland have detained at least 93 people for supporting the protests, at least 76 of whom remain in custody. Countless others have been questioned by...Read more
From Women's Rights Without Frontiers : According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cai Fang, vice director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has stated: “We will fully relax the policy” in two years, allowing all couples to have a second child. The reason: China’s shrinking labor pool will cause the potential growth rate to fall an average of 6.2 percent annually from 2016 to 2020...Read more
Beijing police criminally detained legal scholar Guo Yushan on charges of “picking quarrels and causing trouble,” a charge increasingly leveled against individuals who engage in political activism. Although Guo has remained quiet over the past couple of years, he was instrumental in coordinating the escape of blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng to the US Embassy in Beijing. In addition to facilitating...Read more