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Protesters calling for the release of Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, January 27, 2014. Photo by REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

In China, 'constitutionalism' is a dirty word

  • Tue, 01/28/2014 - 16:04

The sentencing of prominent civil society activist Xu Zhiyong on Sunday to four years' prison confirms what many have long suspected: the Chinese constitution isn't worth the paper it’s written on.

Police take away a petitioner in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Dec. 4, 2013.

Rights Abuses Escalate Throughout East Asia: HRW

  • Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:30

The region's repressive regimes step up controls on citizens.

Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on August 22, 2013. © 2013 Reuters

China: New Leaders Fail to Embrace Genuine Reforms

  • Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:28

2013 Sees Some Movement on Abusive Policies but Ongoing Harsh Repression of Critics

Ng Han Guan/AP - Rows of journalists cover a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing in March.

Chinese journalists face tighter censorship, Marxist retraining

  • Fri, 01/10/2014 - 00:00

After a decade as a reporter and producer for China Central Television, Wang Qinglei grew tired of the increasingly “stifling environment” for this country’s journalists and took to social media to say so.

Death penalty statistics, country by country

  • Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:46

Find out who uses the death penalty today - and see how it compares to 2007

A dozen petitioners facing repatriation exit a van outside a government complex in Beijing, Dec. 9, 2013.

Beijing Hits Out Amid Criticism on Human Rights

  • Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:57

Thousands of ordinary Chinese who try to speak out about rights abuses are detained in the capital.

 Canada's Religious Freedom Officer Andrew Bennett speaks with reporters from his Ottawa office. Photo: Andrea Hill/Postmedia News

China’s treatment of minorities troubles Canada’s religious freedom ambassador

  • Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:48

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador says he is deeply troubled about the Chinese government’s “egregious” treatment of religious minorities, and that he won’t hold his tongue despite growing trade ties between the two countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

The Most Notable China Stories of 2013

  • Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:46

The year in review, from the editor of The Atlantic's China Channel.

Australia: East Asia Visit Should Highlight Rights

  • Thu, 12/05/2013 - 19:34

Foreign Minister Should Speak Out in Indonesia, China, Philippines

Twelve men accused of ESS are publicly sentenced in Yili (Ili) Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, September 18, 2008. Photo credit: iyaxin.com

China’s State Security Arrests Up 19% in 2012

  • Mon, 12/02/2013 - 18:55

China arrested 1,105 people for “endangering state security” (ESS) crimes in 2012, up 19 percent from 2011, according to official statistics released in China Law Yearbook 2013.

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