The ruling Chinese Communist Party's 88 million members can be locked up and abused at any time with no access to a lawyer or due legal process.
A recently freed Chinese democracy activist says he was tortured in prison and describes present concerns for his family.
Peng Ming's family issue a statement demanding an autopsy, saying they want to establish the cause of death.
Rights groups are stepping up calls for the release of Jiang Tianyong, Huang Qi and Liu Feiyue.
The government's civil service recruitment guidelines allow for illegal discrimination on the basis of HIV status, and are followed by many companies.
Shepherd Unench had been subjected to repeated physical and verbal abuse by his employers before going on a killing spree.
Peng Ming was detained by the authorities in 2004 after being lured into Myanmar on a visit to his parents in Thailand.
The move comes after the Tianwang website reported on the violent detention of petitioners in Beijing.
Chinese netizens are making the ruling Chinese Communist Party nervous about its 'relative who died overseas.'
Complaints are meanwhile being lodged over two recent deaths of petitioners in police custody, activists say.
Jiang Tianyong had previously been tortured during periods of unofficial detention, raising concerns that he may once more be at risk.
Chris Patten slams the "antics" of pro-independence lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung, saying independence isn't an option for the city.
The investigation into the website's overseas funding sources comes after Beijing passed a draconian new cybersecurity law last month.
The women drank pesticides in a subway station close to Beijing's Tiananmen Square after being targeted by fraudsters.
The accident, the latest in a string of industrial disasters, is likely linked to poor management and lax safety training, sources say.
Jiang Tianyong's wife says he hasn't been in touch for more than 24 hours, suggesting he may be being held by the authorities in secret.
Hada and his wife say they have no source of income, but will continue to speak out on behalf of ethnic Mongolians in China.