Lawyers and commentators complain that China rarely executes those who abuse positions of power.
Farmers say their livelihoods are destroyed after toxic waters flood their fish farms.
Petitioners are routinely detained in makeshift facilities where they may face abuse, activists say.
Wheelchair-bound Olympic eviction activist Ni Yulan's thyroid condition worsens.
The workers at China's biggest shipbuilder blockade the plant's entrance.
Zhang Lin's escape prompts talks between a Beijing lawmaker and state security police over heavy-handed surveillance.
Petitioners fear the site may be filtering out 'sensitive' cases and may not protect their privacy.
Experts have hit out at the law for its vagueness, saying no penalties are specified.
Activists say a report into the quality of the country's drinking water was produced, but never made public.
Hong Kong politicians say there is an overwhelming consensus in favor of electing the head of the local government.