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.
After two years without any talks, the US-China rights dialogue will begin once more in May. The two nations are expected to discuss religious freedom, Internet freedom, and the rule of law.
Authorities have effectively disbarred 20 key lawyers who defended Tibetans, Falun Gong members, and other politically sensitive clients.