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.