China denies having political prisoners, says does not allow torture

  • Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:33

China denied that it held political prisoners and said its government prohibited use of torture when it faced a United Nations' review of its record on Wednesday, evoking derision from exiled dissidents.

Pu Zhiqiang

China Faces Sharp Questioning by U.N. Panel on Torture

  • Wed, 11/18/2015 - 21:08

China faced robust questioning from United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday as it sought to defend its record on torture and to make the case that it had achieved important progress promoting human rights and with government based on the rule of law.

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai was bathed in blue, white and red, the colors of the French flag, after the attacks in Paris.Credit Aly Song/Reuters

Standing With France, China Complains of Antiterror Double Standard

  • Mon, 11/16/2015 - 20:20

The Oriental Pearl Tower, dominating the darkened Shanghai skyline, glowed blue, white and red in solidarity. 

Workers peel papers off a wall as they re-paint the Chinese Communist Party flag. New rules forbidding party members from publicly criticising government policy are being enforced. Photograph: Chance Chan/REUTERS

Chinese professor removed for expressing 'radical opinions' amid fresh crackdown

  • Fri, 11/13/2015 - 15:48

Liang Xinsheng, the deputy head of the English department at Lingnan Normal University, is alleged to have broken Communist party rules

A cast on the right foot of Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese dissident and legal advocate who recently sought asylum in the US. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Human rights lawyers in China tell harrowing stories about their own torture and abuse

  • Fri, 11/13/2015 - 15:45

Beijing prosecutor and lawyer Tang Jitian was on the grounds of a Chinese black jail last year, investigating a case, when local police officers handcuffed and attacked him.

 A composite showing illustrations of weapons allegedly used in China for torture and forced confessions. Photograph: Amnesty International

China still uses medieval torture methods against opponents – Amnesty

  • Thu, 11/12/2015 - 19:57

Report details alleged beatings and torture endured by those taken into police custody despite government pledges to reform

China's Dirty Air Just Hit 'Doomsday' Levels

  • Wed, 11/11/2015 - 20:00

A thick smog engulfed the Chinese city of Shenyang on Sunday and Monday, sending air pollution levels 50 times above what's deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO) and marking the highest pollution on record since the country began monitoring air quality in 2013, according to the Associated Press.

Police lead their dogs at Tiananmen Square during the closing session of the NPC in Beijing

China: Tell the Truth on Torture at UN Review

  • Wed, 11/11/2015 - 19:57

Commitments to Accountability Key to Curbing Ill-Treatment

The treatment of criminal suspects in China, such as with the recent suspicious death of detainee Zhang Liumao (张六毛), depicted here, will be a major focus of the Committee against Torture’s coming review of China’s compliance with the Convention against Torture. (Image: used with permission of artist Badiucao, 巴丢草)

Unaccountability at Root of Persistent Torture in China

  • Tue, 11/10/2015 - 20:59

CHRD & Coalition of Chinese NGOs Releases Report for UN Review of China’s Treaty Obligations Under Convention Against Torture

China's blocking of Twitter has failed to keep activists, journalists and others from using the messaging platform to connect with the rest of the world, said a study released Wednesday.

Chinese still 'jumping' the 'Great Firewall' to use Twitter

  • Fri, 11/06/2015 - 19:16

China's blocking of Twitter has failed to keep activists, journalists and others from using the messaging platform to connect with the rest of the world, said a study released Wednesday.