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UN: governments must refrain from torture even outside borders
States should protect human rights even when acting transnationally, urged UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez in a statement on Tuesday. Méndez made the comments while presenting his latest report on torture , which addresses extraterrit (More)
Interview: China tortured leading rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng
In his first interview since being released from prison to house arrest in August 2014, leading Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng told the Associated Press that he was subject to torture. Zhisheng revealed that while he was held in a Chinese priso (More)
China court sentences dissident to nine years in prison
A Chinese court Friday sentenced human rights advocate Chen Wei to nine years in prison, the toughest ruling issued this year in the ongoing government crackdown on dissidents, rights activists and protest organizers. Chen, 42, was sentenced after a (More)
China again jails prominent rights lawyer after 20-month disappearance
China's government Friday announced that prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation. Gao's sentence is the first sign that he is still alive (More)
UN concerned with China restrictions on Tibet
UN experts expressed concerns Tuesday over human rights restrictions on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China's Sichuan province. UN experts are concerned about reports of heavy security measures surrounding the Kirti monastery, which houses appro (More)
China begins trial against human rights activist
Chinese authorities in Beijing on Friday began the trial against Wang Lihong, one of the dozens of human rights activists the government detained earlier this year as part of a crackdown on dissidents in the country. Wang is charged with one count o (More)
UN panel calls for release of jailed China dissident Liu
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], according to UN documents from May released Monday by Freedom Now . Liu i (More)
China rights activist released from prison after 3 years
Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more (More)
UN rights body demands China report on missing persons
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances called Wednesday for China to address its practice of "enforced disappearances" and reveal the location of 355 detained Tibetan monks . In April, Chinese authorities took the monks fro (More)
US urges China to release Tiananmen Square protesters
The US State Department (DOS) urged the Chinese government on Friday to release protesters arrested for the peaceful protests in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Friday marked the twenty-second anniversary of the suppression of the protests in Tia (More)