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Renowned Attorney Gao Zhisheng "Utterly Destroyed" After Enduring Torture in Prison

Gao Zhisheng, a prominent lawyer released from prison last week, was reportedly physically and psychologically tortured while in custody. According to his lawyer, Jared Genser, Gao spent his three-year prison sentence isolated in a small cell, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365

Gao Zhisheng Released From Prison, But Remains in Peril

Prominent rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison on August 7 after serving a three-year term for “violating probation rules.” Gao, a self-taught lawyer who the Communist Party once heralded as one of China’s top ten attorneys, first ran into trouble in 2005 when he renounced his Communist Party membership in an open letter detailing the torture and sexual abuse his clients endured at the hands of authorities.

Zhejiang Province Authorities Target Another Church in Crackdown on Public Display of Religious Symbols

On Monday, public security officials in the city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province demolished the ten-foot crucifix that had been placed on the roof of the Longgang Township Gratitude Church. The destruction of the Church’s rooftop cross, the sole religious symbol affixed to the exterior of the building, is only the latest in a string of demolitions of Christian symbols ordered by governments in Zhejiang Province. Since early spring, Zhejiang authorities have issued demolition notices to more than 100 churches, asserting that their displays of religious iconography violate zoning laws.

Popular Blogger Sentenced to Six Years for "Spreading Rumors"

A Chinese court sentenced blogger Dong Rubin to six years in prison for writing about official corruption and abuses of power on his popular blog. He was found guilty of conducting “illegal business operations” and “fabricating and spreading online rumors for economic gain.” The general manager of Dong’s Internet consulting company, Hou Peng, was also found guilty in connection with Dong’s online activities. Hou received a three-year sentence.

United Nations: Confinement of Petitioner Xing Shiku in Psychiatric Hospital Amounts to Arbitrary Detention

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) held that the incarceration of petitioner Xing Shiku in a psychiatric hospital amounts to arbitrary detention. Chinese public security officials committed Xing in the Daowai District Psychiatric Hospital in Harbin, Heilongjiang on account of his frequent trips to Beijing to protest local corruption and the privatization of the state-owned company where he once worked.