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Why China Fears a 'Color Revolution' Incited by the West

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.25.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Fearing subversion of their system, the Chinese crack down on lawyers and human rights activists. That, in a vicious cycle, reinforces Western perceptions that China's system is inevitably repressive and must be challenged.

Promoting American Values and Universal Human Rights

Ron Klink | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Ron Klink

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made clear in recent speeches, the United States is seen as a beacon of freedom and promoter ...

How President Xi Is Facing Pushback From Within the Communist Party

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.25.2017 | World
Nathan Gardels

A highly significant essay, "A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor," appeared recently on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which is in charge of Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. It was signed under the pen name Lei Si and was widely seen as pushback against a range of Xi's recent policies, though elliptically cloaked through recalling tales of emperors and their advisors in China's long past. Read the English version here.

Uyghur Human Rights Project Petitions China to Free Political Prisoners

Greg Fay | Posted 02.18.2017 | Impact
Greg Fay

(Above: Uyghurs protest at the Embassy of China in Washington, DC on February 5, 2016) Uyghurs across the world, except in China, joined in protest o...

China's Rule of Fear

Minxin Pei | Posted 02.16.2017 | World
Minxin Pei

Clearly, fear-based rule was not left behind with the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, as many thought. This should not be surprising. Even as China's economy has boomed and modernized, its political system has retained its core totalitarian features: a state exempt from the rule of law, a domestic security apparatus with agents and informants virtually everywhere, widespread censorship, and weak protection of individual rights. Having never been repudiated, these institutional relics of Maoism remain available to be used and intensified whenever the top leadership sees fit, as it does today.

How to Square Xi's 'Rule of Law' Campaign With China's Crackdown on Lawyers

Zheng Yongnian | Posted 02.16.2017 | World
Zheng Yongnian

SINGAPORE -- At its fourth plenary of the 18th congress in October 2014, the Chinese Communist Party leadership passed an ambitious reform plan on the legal system. The party devoted this entire plenary session to discuss "rule of law" -- something unprecedented in the history of the party's plenary sessions. This act was widely interpreted as the Xi Jinping leadership's determination to build a system of "rule of law" in the country.

One of the Darkest Moments for Human Rights in China

Dr. Jianli Yang | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Dr. Jianli Yang

A massive crackdown has so far resulted in more than 300 people disappearing and being arrested, detained, beaten up, harassed and put under surveillance. 

On World Radio Day, Remembering Radio Journalists on the Ground

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 02.12.2017 | Media
Committee to Protect Journalists

On World Radio Day this Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists is paying tribute to the vital role radio journalists play in bringing their communities news and commentary, sometimes at great personal cost.

Why Jailhouse Confessions Are The Hot New Thing On Chinese TV

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.20.2016 | World

BEIJING -- What’s the hottest new thing in Chinese prime time television? Nationally televised “confessions” from those who have crossed the Chi...

Miss World: I'm Being Targeted By China

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.10.2015 | World

Canada's China-born Miss World contestant said on Tuesday her visa to travel to the beauty pageant at a Chinese resort has been delayed and her father...

The Ins and Outs of The Great Firewall of China

Karen Mesoznik | Posted 11.10.2016 | Technology
Karen Mesoznik

What you can you do on the Internet in China? In China you can access the Internet, however it is a highly censored Internet, meaning certain sites and "questionable" search terms are censored.

President Xi Jinping Admits China Has 'Room For Improvement' On Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Human rights advocates have criticized China's troubling human rights record for years, and on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed it could...

Human Rights Supporters Throng Xi's Route To Buckingham Palace

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Human rights protesters vied with China supporters and tourists to see President Xi Jinping ride in a carriage to Buckingha...

These Are Portraits Of Rights Lawyers Rounded Up In China On 'Black Friday'

China Digital Times | Sophie Beach | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

Free the Rights Defense Lawyers, by Badiucao for CDT Cartoonist Badiucao has drawn portraits of eight of the dozens of human rights lawyers and...

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Silencing Uyghurs: A Family Affair

Greg Fay | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Greg Fay

In 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists singled out China as the world's worst jailer of journalists. Uyghurs, a Turkic people indigenous to China's northwest, make up a shocking proportion of those in jail.

Human Trafficking Victim Has Emotional Reunion With Family, 24 Years After Abduction

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

Sun Bin was able to hug his father and sister for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday, after being torn away from his family by child traffickers in...

Learning to Remember

China Hands | Posted 01.12.2015 | Home
China Hands

Yifu Dong reviews Louisa Lim's People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. If George Orwell were still alive, maybe he would have regretted n...

How Far Women in China Have Come -- And How Far They Still Have to Go

Lijia Zhang | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Lijia Zhang

My grandmother was a prostitute-turned concubine, my mother a frustrated factory worker, and myself a rocket-factory-girl-turned-international-writer. The stories of three generations of women in my family illustrate the changing role of women in contemporary Chinese society.

Chinese Netizens Speak Out For Arrested Rights Lawyer

China Digital Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

User Generated, Censor-Chosen Keywords on China’s Weibo “Sensitive words” are those terms which are liable to be blocked on the Chinese Inter...

If You Are Not Married By 25, You Are A 'Leftover Woman' In China

ChinaFile | Mei Fong, Leta Hong Fincher | Posted 04.24.2014 | World

A Q&A with Leta Hong Fincher, Author of "Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China" MEI FONG, LETA HONG FINCHER 04.23.14 Mei ...

How Europe Sacrificed the Right to Peaceful Protest for Good Relations With China

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

These incidents are obviously not isolated, disconnected or random examples of police misconduct. They form a pattern of capitulation to demands that Chinese authorities be as free from confrontation about their human rights abuses when they travel abroad as they are at home.

Ai Weiwei's Evidence: Major Solo Exhibition in Berlin (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 06.02.2014 | Arts

The retrospective is titled Evidence and is seen as a political exhibition with works that comment on social and political issues in China.

Things Just Got Awkward Between The U.S. And China

The Huffington Post | Stephen Calabria | Posted 05.24.2014 | World

A Chinese government report published on Friday accused the United States of “serious infringes on human rights.” Beijing's announcement is wi...

China and Tibet's Revolution in Exile

Thubten Samphel | Posted 04.27.2014 | World
Thubten Samphel

By spurning the Dalai Lama, China is not just spurning the Tibetan people alone. China is spurning a composite, rejuvenated civilization and all the goodwill that goes with it.