Authorities have effectively disbarred 20 key lawyers who defended Tibetans, Falun Gong members, and other politically sensitive clients.
Survivors make do with plywood, donations, and stoicism. Some enjoy new homes.
Volunteerism stands strong one year later – and has even won support from local authorities normally wary of grass-roots movements.
A gargantuan task – some 2 million are said to need psychological care – is complicated by stigmas attached to mental illness.
The government said Thursday that 5,335 students died in last year's earthquake – just 6 percent of the total victims.
Officials have intimidated citizens trying to find out why so many schools collapsed or to compile a list of all the children killed.
Twitter is spreading important information as well as rumors about the outbreak, raising questions about whether the social networking site is helpful.