Xia Lin, who has represented artist Ai Weiwei and other dissidents, stood trial today in Beijing. A year ago, authorities detained more than 200 rights lawyers and advocates, and some 25 are still detained or missing.
Beijing had 45 Taiwanese citizens deported from Kenya to China on fraud charges, a move Taiwan calls 'kidnapping.' It's just one of the ways that Beijing is sending a message to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to not try to distance Taiwan from mainland China.
Hyeonseo Lee's perilous road to freedom passed through China, which often sends defectors back to face harsh punishment in the North. She recently shared her experience at a book talk in Beijing, an appearance that caused a stir.
A panel of Nobel laureates will include the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader speaking on human rights. The hosting Geneva Graduate Institute says pressure to cancel is high but the event will take place on Friday.
US officials call for release of leading pastors detained in China. Pastor Li Guanzhong and his wife were detained Jan. 29, days after the head of China's biggest megachurch was sent to a 'black jail.'