Hu Jia, a prominent Chinese political activist, was released after 3-1/2 years in prison. Under the terms of his release he will not be able to speak to media for one year.
China has gone to extraordinarily lengths to stop any of political prisoner Liu Xiaobo's friends or family from attending Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
China's Chen Guangcheng helped a budding civil rights movement before his arrest four years ago. His example may have inspired others, despite sharp crackdowns from the Chinese government.
A China blast killing seven people and injuring 14 on Thursday was allegedly carried out by an ethnic Uighur in Xinjiang Province, a site of past unrest.
Gao Zhisheng, once praised by the Chinese government as a star lawyer, remains missing one year after police dragged him from his home. Rights groups are particularly worried about the treatment of the human rights lawyer.
Authorities blocked an Afghan plane from landing Sunday in Xinjiang, a predominantly Uighur region. They cited a bomb threat, but none was found.
Beijing's severe treatment of Uighurs – and Tibetans, too – may be an attempt to prevent a breakup similar to that of the Soviet Union.
The arrest of writer Liu Xiaobo fits a pattern of increasingly harsh measures against independent voices, human rights groups say.
A professor was beaten after visiting the grave of a discredited leader. Other previously tolerated activities have also become taboo.