Gui Minhai is being held under “coercive measures” by Chinese authorities, sparking an international outcry.
Zhao Suli is allowed a meeting with two relatives and a video call with her son, but activists say she is still under house arrest.
But the court says tougher sentencing guidelines will apply to anyone convicted of using “violence” during future civil disobedience movements.
Meanwhile, a prominent rights lawyer in the southern province of Guangdong fights for his right to practice.
The crackdown comes after spoof versions of The Yellow River Cantata are highlighted by state-run media.
Zhen Jianghua hasn’t been allowed a visit from a lawyer since his detention last September, and is being held under “residential surveillance” at an unknown location.
But many in Hong Kong welcome the move, saying it stems from concern over eroding rights and freedoms in the city.
The nomination is expected to anger Beijing, which rejects criticism of its handling of Hong Kong and holds a grudge against the Nobel committee over Liu Xiaobo's prize in 2010.
Would-be Hong Kong election candidate Ventus Lau says the city’s electoral officer didn’t believe his recent change of heart regarding his support for independence.
The founder of a long-running rights website is in very poor health and remains at risk of further torture and mistreatment, his mother says.
A chorus of concern and criticism has greeted the barring of a would-be pro-democracy election candidate, Agnes Chow, from running in legislative elections.
A developer known only by her online nickname, 'Broken Doll,' stops work on her circumvention tool after threats from a murky online community.
The country’s telecoms regulator says anyone needing ‘a dedicated line’ or service to scale the Great Firewall can lease one from the government.
State security police are 'very interested' in the activities of pro-democracy groups and other exiles critical of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Veteran Chinese democracy activist Zhang Lin recently arrived in the U.S., several years after he first planned to leave China to escape continual pressure from authorities.
Agnes Chow says the rejection of her nomination means the ‘political obliteration’ of an entire generation in the city.
Yu Wensheng could face pressure to ‘confess’ to the charge while in custody, his lawyer warns.
Zhang Lin, father of Zhang Anni, served a three-year jail term for protesting his daughter's exclusion from school.
State broadcasters are banned from booking artists who sport tattoos, espouse a homegrown form of emo culture, or who aren't aligned with the ruling party.
Prison sentences of up to five years are handed down to 35 members of a herding community that protested the loss of its traditional grazing lands to development.
Lawyers say the authorities have surveillance footage of the incident surrounding the officer's death, but have refused to release it.
Independent scholars say the move shows the extent to which the ruling Chinese Communist Party now controls the country's higher education institutions.
A Vatican delegation recently asked its own bishops to consider their positions amid a long-standing controversy over the Catholic Church in China.
Sui Muqing said provincial authorities have revoked his business license, meaning he can no longer function as a defense attorney.
Beijing offers no details on missing bookseller and says diplomats shouldn't break the law.
The city's higher education institutions have seen a "top-down backlash" in the wake of the Occupy Central campaign for fully democratic elections, a rights group says.
Sweden says it is taken 'strong measures at the highest level' following the incident, as concerns mount for Gui Minhai's health and safety.
Yu Wensheng was taken away from his Beijing home after penning a letter to the ruling Chinese Communist Party calling for constitutional government.
Jin Bianling, wife of jailed rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, says her husband will soon be transferred to an unknown prison in China's Henan province.
Photos of Wang Fuman's snow-encrusted hair went viral, sparking an outpouring of public generosity, but activists say government backed charities have siphoned off much of the funds.