April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Emelina Perez
China's former national security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets on Friday, making him the highest-ranked official to be charged with political corruption in decades. Zhou was the head of the Ministry of Public Security until his retirement ...[read more]
April 1, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital ...[read more]
March 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a press conference Monday that the Chinese government is proceeding in its review of revisions to the controversial draft counter-terrorism law despite recent reports that China had suspended such talks. Hong stated that the law will be "made ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Chinese efforts against corruption have led to the conviction and investigation of 14 generals for corrupt financial practices, according to a Monday announcement. Chinese military prosecutors released a notice on Monday, inculpating military personnel of various levels and notoriety in serious ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political ...[read more]
February 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by William Helbling
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. The 81-year-old ...[read more]

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