Sources say the two activists have flown back to China aboard a jet chartered by the Chinese authorities.
Meanwhile, torture victims and lawyers are prevented from traveling to Geneva to give evidence to a UN committee on torture.
Former columnist Li Xin reveals some of the inner workings of Chinese state censorship after fleeing the country.
Relatives and a lawyer say Zhang Liumao's body sustained multiple injuries, as Beijing's record on torture is reviewed at the UN.
The two activists had been granted refugee status by UNHCR, which was unable to protect them from Beijing.
One is accused of using online satire to 'bring down the government,' while the other remains silent in court as a form of protest.
According to Greenpeace, there is falling demand for coal as the ruling Chinese Communist Party pledges to meet renewable energy targets.
One is a member of a banned spiritual group, while another was arrested after going to help him.
Gao Zhisheng was recently prevented from seeking dental treatment after losing several teeth as a result of torture.
But an attempt to make their trade union genuinely independent has so far met with strong resistance by those in authority.
The workers say they are owed severance payments if their contracts are terminated, and are wary of 'compensation' deals offered by the government.
Commentators ask why the ruling Chinese Communist Party thinks its citizens couldn't cope with a genuine voting system.
Veteran journalists say the move is yet another attack by President Xi Jinping's government on freedom of expression.
The Taiwan president says talks focused on 'the big picture' as his party lags in opinion polls.
China praises and U.S. welcomes meeting, but skepticism remains strong on Taiwan.
But domain firm says agreement with Beijing has no banned words and will not curtail free speech.
Publishers and staff of a store selling books highly critical of the ruling Chinese Communist Party fail to return home on schedule.
Rights activists Jia Lingmin and Liu Diwei had offered legal help to people fighting eviction by local authorities.
The wife of democracy activist Jiang Yefei says he is wanted for subversion by the Chinese government for drawing satirical cartoons about President Xi Jinping and other leaders.
Officials deny claims they injected livestock with overdoses of the vaccine, saying the anthrax infections came from further west.
The death of Zhang Liumao comes ahead of a UN review of Beijing's record on torture.
The island's president Ma Ying-jeou will hold unprecedented talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday.
President Xi Jinping's administration is intensifying efforts to expand Beijing's influence via overseas media.
The University of Hong Kong says it wants to protect press freedoms, though.
Anyone sharing unauthorized information or obstructing officials in any manner could now face several years' imprisonment.
The move is welcomed by a rights community angered by President Xi Jinping's red-carpet reception in London earlier this month.
Fu Zhibin set up his own publishing company to release his book, A History of Brainwashing, in mainland China.
Commentators say the government is renewing its bid to make everyone toe the party line.
But many in China say they lack the time, money or energy to think of raising a second child.
Freedom House says Xi Jinping's drive for 'cyber sovereignty' meant widespread censorship and manipulation of content.