Chinese ethnic groups call for rights protections to be enshrined in any global environmental plan, as their communities are hit by development.
The UN Committee Against Torture says it is unconvinced by many of Beijing's claims at a review of its record last month.
Protest comes as authorities in Wuhan announce a temporary halt to plans for a waste plant amid similar protests.
Families and lawyers of detained lawyers say Beijing has 'trampled on the law' and created a 'human rights disaster.'
China's pollution pigeons come home to roost as awareness grows of the environmental cost of economic growth.
A pre-trial meeting could mean Pu Zhiqiang's trial will follow soon, his lawyers say.
Li Xin is seeking asylum after police forced him to spy on dissidents, lawyers and Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
The move is part of a broadening crackdown on the unofficial labor movement amid growing strikes in the Pearl River Delta region.
Fu Zhibin is sentenced alongside an assistant and two print workers for 'smearing' Mao Zedong and denying the legitimacy of Communist Party rule.
The deal, if signed, will likely bring a key English-language newspaper politically closer to Beijing.
Guo Feixiong says he and fellow activists were jailed for the peaceful expression of political views.
Two other high-ranking academics are under investigation by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
Calls to Gao's cell phone result in a 'no such number' message, which activists say is likely the work of the police.
The protesters, whose only children have died, are calling for legally mandated pensions and healthcare provision.
The warning comes as two more activists apply for political asylum and resettlement at the United Nations in the Thai capital.
Activists say the lawsuit is a major step forward for LGBT rights in China.
Local people say that authorities lied about a public consultation, and that they fear their health and crops will be damaged by pollution.
The judge adds an extra 'crime' to the charge sheet at the last minute, while two fellow activists are handed shorter terms.
Anastasia Lin says she won't give up her rights activism for fear of leaving persecution victms 'without hope.'
The blasts prompt widespread speculation amid calls for timely information from government.
Gao Yu is allowed to serve the rest of her reduced sentence from home owing to severe ill health.
The clashes came after angry sugar cane farmers blocked a road with trucks in protest at alleged official corruption.
Experts say the existing system needs to change and will continue to be vulnerable to corrupt officials.
Yang Lin helped people lodge complaints against China's ruling Communist Party after laboring as a migrant worker.
The sisters of Zhang Liumao say they are being pursued after they asked tough questions about their brother's death in a detention center.
Last year's pro-democracy movement has boosted turnout and spurred the rise of a younger generation of politicians in the city.
Guo and his fellow activists have waited nearly a year since the trial for a verdict to be passed.
Petitioners who tried to visit his grave are turned away amid a strong police presence.
While information on the recent terrorist attacks has been widely available, Internet access gets harder in Xinjiang.
The two men were arrested after showing public support for last year's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.