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China Slams U.S. Human Rights Report

AP | Posted 07.25.2012 | World

BEIJING -- China on Friday rejected a U.S. State Department report that criticized China's human rights record, saying Washington's critique was inacc...

Chen and Reaffirming America's Commitment to Human Rights in 2012 Election

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Overall, the Obama Administration has shown a lack of enthusiasm to engage human rights issues around the world and has a mixed, if not poor, record of supporting pro-democracy dissidents such as Chen.

Blind Activist's Family: China Manipulates Nephew's Case

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2012 | World

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) - The nephew of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been denied his family's choice of lawyers...

Blind Activist Says China Quietly Agreed To Investigate Abuse

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 07.08.2012 | World

BEIJING — Rights advocate Chen Guangcheng says the Chinese government has quietly promised him it will investigate abuses he and his family suff...

Some Additional Thoughts on Chen Guangcheng's Hopeful Departure From China

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

China watchers have differing opinions on China's decision to let activist Chen Guangcheng apply to leave China for the United States, on the trustwor...

The Curious Chen Crisis Spotlights Our Big China Conundrum

William Bradley | Posted 07.04.2012 | World
William Bradley

The whole thing is very odd. It all highlights what a conundrum that leaders from Washington to California face in dealing with the challenges and opportunities presented by a clearly ascending and not very well understood China.

Blind Justice In China

Mark Harril Saunders | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Harril Saunders

Americans may have been surprised to read in news stories this week about the role of a Christian organization in the escape from house arrest of Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights lawyer in China.

Balancing Human Rights and Superpower Politics

Thomas Probert | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Probert

Tensions between Washington and Beijing mount with every development in the story of the blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng. Washington is trying to keep the issue low-key, but Obama faces mounting Republican criticism that he is too soft on China's human rights record.

The Thorn That Keeps Pricking China's Government

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | World

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, May 2 (Reuters) - Blind Chinese rights defender Chen Guangcheng has never been one to give up without a figh...

Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 2

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Rebecca Novick

Yidam Kyap was part of what was almost certainly the largest single group to escape into exile from the embattled eastern regions of Tibet in 1959. Here is part two of his two-part story.

Chen's Escape Doesn't Break Laws, But Shames Officials

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 07.01.2012 | World

BEIJING — Dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng was being held under house arrest illegally, activists say, and his only offense in escaping may have...

Chen Guangcheng's Escape: What China Is Trying to Hide From You

Chai Ling | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Chai Ling

With the eyes of the world watching, China must allow Chen and his family to live in freedom. Critically, the nation must also heed widespread calls to repeal the One-Child Policy, whose victims are largely voiceless.

The Saga of China's Blind Dissident: Let Obama Be Obama

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Our instincts are to cheer on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and use this case to dramatize the flagrant human rights abuses that occur in modern China. However, we must not sensationalize this affair.

Guns, Monks and Magic: Tibet's Greatest Escape, Part 1

Rebecca Novick | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Rebecca Novick

In April 2010, I interviewed a Tibetan monk named Yidam Kyap as part of the Tibet Oral History Project that documents the life stories of Tibetan elders living in exile.

The Frog and the Scorpion

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

Global capitalism -- including in China, despite its self-styled socialism with Chinese characteristics" -- is in its most severe crisis since the great crash of the 1930s. The question is, can any country make a system with serious built-in flaws function for all of its people?

Can They Secretly Detain Suspects For Months?

AP | ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 05.01.2012 | World

BEIJING — China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion – and some dread – over whether the government is ...

China: The Writing on the Great Wall

Rio Helmi | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Rio Helmi

On Wednesday the 22nd of February, Tibetans would normally celebrate Losar or Tibetan New Year. This year, unlike years before, Tibetans in exile called for a solemn day of reflection and prayer to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.

The United States Must Press China's Vice President on the Plight of the Uighur People

Rebiya Kadeer | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Rebiya Kadeer

All the talk of the Arab Spring painfully reminds us that life for the Uighur people resembles a cruel, endless winter. That is why the United States must use the occasion of future Chinese President Xi's visit to take the lead, and begin the thaw we pray for.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

China Sentences Dissident To 7 Years Over Poem

AP | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

BEIJING — A Chinese court has sentenced a dissident writer to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather at a pu...

The Russia-China Veto: What Next for Syria?

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The reasons behind the Chinese and Russia veto are clear. Alas, what's also clear is that it will worsen the violence in Syria, which, in turn, will increase the opposition's vengefulness when the regime falls.

Is China All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.29.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Sure, there's bad news about China: pollution, corruption, the hounding and jailing of dissidents, etc. But overshadowing such reportage is the grander theme of a China on the move and on the make, poised to reshape the world.

A Poem May Get a Writer Jailed In China

John Lundberg | Posted 03.23.2012 | World
John Lundberg

Chinese writer and activist Zhu Yufu was charged with publishing a provocative poem this past week (the official charge was "inciting subversion of state power"). Zhu's poem is entitled "It's Time," and here it is in translation.

Jailed Chinese Lawyer Denied Visits

AP | By ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 01.10.2012 | World

BEIJING -- Relatives of an outspoken human rights lawyer jailed after being secretly held by Chinese security agents were told Tuesday that he is unde...

2011: The Uyghur Human Rights Year in Review

Henryk Szadziewski | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Henryk Szadziewski

Chinese government claims of Uyghur terrorism and the Chinese state's chasing of Uyghur refugees across its borders require a strong international response.