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China arrests activist who criticized Xi Jinping over virus – rights group

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Amnesty International says anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong is arrested after being on the run since December

Chinese President Xi jinping speaks World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 28, 2020. China urged its citizens to postpone travel abroad as it expanded unprecedented efforts to contain a viral outbreak that has killed 106 people and left other governments racing to pull their nationals from the contagion's epicentre. Naohiko Hatta / AFP

China's first 'cyber-dissident' given 12-year jail term – court

Jul 29, 2019 - 8:31 PM

His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records

DISSIDENT. In a picture taken on January 22, 2015, Chinese dissident Huang Qi poses in his apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Jailed Chinese activist's elderly mother seeks justice

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The mother of ailing imprisoned Chinese dissident Huang Qi is in Beijing to plead his case, fearing he will die behind bars

To go with AFP story CHINA-RIGHTS-AGRICULTURE-POLITICS-INTERNET In a picture taken on January 22, 2015, Chinese dissident Huang Qi poses in his apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan province. He spent years in jail for running one of China's few websites dedicated to reporting human rights abuses. But now authorities appreciate his coverage, Huang Qi said as his smartphone buzzed with fresh news of injustice. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR  FRED DUFOUR / AFP

Bahrain vows to hunt social media dissidents

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Bahraini government will adopt 'severe measures to deal with unprecedented chaos by disruptive social media accounts'

China rights lawyer 'ready for consequences' over new book

Jun 14, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Gao Zhisheng who remains under house arrest will release a book tackling the physical abuse he endured under detention his faith and his belief that the Communist Party could collapse

epa05363372 Grace Geng, daughter of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, introduces her father's book during a meeting at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China, 14 June 2016. Gao Zhisheng is a human rights lawyer for activists and religious minorities in China and has been detained, tortured and jailed by China's public security agents many times since 2006. His book titled 'A Human Rights Lawyer under Torture - the auto narratives of Gao Zhisheng' was printed in Taiwan but hasn't found a distributor yet in Hong Kong, raising concerns about self-censorship in the publishing industry, where it can only be ordered online for the time being. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

China 'rounds up overseas dissidents' relatives' over letter

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Chinese authorities have detained the relatives of several dissidents living abroad the dissidents say

Top US official meets dissidents in Cuba

Jan 24, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Roberta Jacobson tells reporters the get together with dissidents allowed her to listen well to their discrepancies or support for the new policy

DIALOGUE. US Assistant Secretary for Latin America and Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson (C), talks with Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer (R), during a breakfast work meeting with Cuban oposition leaders in Havana, Cuba, on January 23, 2015. Photo by Raman Esponosa/EPA

Vietnam deports US citizen accused of 'anti-state' plot

Jan 30, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Nguyen Quoc Quan a member of the US based Viet Tan Party which Hanoi views as a terrorist organisation was arrested on April 17 2012

TERRORIST? This undated picture taken by the Vietnam News Agency shows pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan, a US citizen of Vietnamese origin, being detained in Ho Chi Minh City. AFP PHOTO/Vietnam News Agency

Online dissident jailed in China

Nov 01, 2012 - 5:34 PM

As China prepares for a leadership change a court court sentences a man who had worked in an Internet cafe to 8 years in jail

China dissident tells U.S. of abuse of family

May 16, 2012 - 7:22 AM

Chen Guangcheng telephones a hearing of the US Congress for the second time from a hospital bed in Beijing