Written by Eva Pils. ‘In China, we say that for a person meditating in a cave, a day passes as though it were a thousand years; it is like paradise. And where did I experience paradise? In there in the detention centre, being tortured. A day was like […]
Written by Gary Rawnsley. What can we learn about China’s so-called soft power from the way the government behaved after the death of Nobel Laureate, Liu Xiaobo? An awful lot, it seems.
Written by Leïla Choukroune. They have broken his life and confiscated his death. But what was his crime? Democracy was the offence. In a country where freedom and human rights are kept at bay to the benefit of the stability of an oppressive regime resting upon the fiction […]
Written by Margaret Lewis. Last Saturday, the window closed for comments on the draft PRC Detention Center Law. The Ministry of Public Security touts the draft law’s ability to protect human rights (人权保障), and the release of the long-awaited draft at least indicates the government’s acknowledgement that existing […]
Written by Jichang Lulu. Norway’s ‘normalised’ relations with China, under which it has promised it “will not support actions that undermine” “China’s core interests and major concerns,” have been tested after the Chinese government revealed Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波 was terminally ill. The administration of Prime Minister Erna Solberg […]
Written by Ryan Mitchell. Not long ago, in a coastal Chinese city, I encountered a sight that struck me as remarkable, and perhaps as a subtle marker of social change. Somewhere on the eastern seaboard, I passed by a middle-aged, apparently middle-class person on a boardwalk, in the full […]
Written by Eva Pils. In the course of my research on Chinese human rights lawyers over the past several years, I got to hear a lot about the techniques the government allegedly uses to control them. I came to refer to them as ‘fear techniques.’ They included tracking […]