Rights groups say petitioners' complaints are seldom dealt with, and only result in further persecution by officials.
The inexperienced group had hoped to sail their boat halfway across the Pacific to seek asylum in Guam.
The paper admits the ad was placed in protest, but declines to comment on any political significance.
China has been hit by a string of lesser disasters at chemical facilities since last month's massive Tianjin explosions.
Thousands of petitioners, many of whom have been forcibly evicted, can't get their children into school.
The founder and administrator of a nongovernmental think tank are released after nearly a year in criminal detention.
The group shared legal tips and planned mass petitions using online chatrooms and smartphone apps.
Beijing's top official in the city says its chief executive has "overriding" power over all three arms of government.
Teachers who served for decades on non-government terms have been left with no pension or health insurance as they age.
The award comes amid growing concern for his mental and physical well-being in prison.
Guo Meimei pleaded not guilty to charges of running an illegal casino in spite of a televised 'confession' last year.
Current methods for putting pressure on Beijing over human rights violations aren't working, rights activists say.
The herders say they need relief subsidies and loans to offset their losses.
Police turn away lawyers asking for a meeting, saying they don't have the right documents.
The city's football association says it wants fans to 'respect' the national anthem during the World Cup Asian qualifiers.
Qin hasn't been seen by friends since his detention in January, while his wife has been incommunicado since April.
Homeowners say there is a lack of information from the government about promised payouts for those made homeless in last month's explosions.
Three activists are being held on public order charges, but two have been denied meetings with lawyers.
The woman says she became pregnant unexpectedly and has been pressured to have a late-term abortion by her husband's employer.
Yao Lifa gave online lectures about how to fight elections to local parliaments as an independent candidate.
Lawyer Zhang Kai is being held at an unknown location and denied permission for a meeting with his lawyer.
Ordinary Chinese aren't allowed near the carefully choreographed event, while a limited amnesty doesn't include prisoners of conscience.
The political will to put more pressure on Beijing seems sorely lacking in Washington, while China is no longer open to discussion on the topic, analysts say.
The wife of a People's Liberation Army veteran says her husband and eight others were detained for petitioning for retirement payments.
Three years after family planning activist Chen Guangcheng fled house arrest, couples are still under attack for 'excess births'.
A former top party official says the propaganda ministry is targeting very young children with the 'correct historical perspective.'
At least one activist is criminally detained on public order charges after sending a parcel.
Campaigners say the old law indulged sexual predators by offering more lenient sentencing.
A top financial journalist is blamed for fueling the sell-off with a 'fake report' on the market.
The executives head the online version of the People's Daily, official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.