China Human Rights

A Closer Look at ‘China’s Mandela’: Mao Zedong Recognized Xinjiang Autonomy

University professor, blogger, and member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. State-run Xinhua news agency has complained that Western news media were referring to Tohti, recently given a sentence of life in prison for "separatism," as "China's Mandela." (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
University professor, blogger, and member of the Muslim Uighur minority, Ilham Tohti pauses before a classroom lecture in Beijing on June 12, 2010. State-run Xinhua news agency has complained that Western news media were referring to Tohti, recently given a sentence of life in prison for "separatism," as "China's Mandela." (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s state-run Xinhua news service is criticizing the Western press for calling Uyghur teacher Ilham Tohti, who was recently sentenced to life in prison, “China’s...

  • Uyghur university professor Ilham Tohti sits in the Urumqi People's Intermediate Court in western China's Xinjiang, on Sept. 23, 2014. He was sentenced life in prison for “separatism” by a Xinjiang court on Sept. 23, 2014. (Screenshot/China Central Television)

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  • The man swipes flyers off the table of a Falun Gong information booth in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 22, 2014. (Lorenzo Terenzani)

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  • Du Daozheng, president of the Chinese political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu. Du worries that the magazine's independence will be impacted after it is transferred to an organization under the Ministry of Culture. (Screenshot/

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  • Chinese electric shock stun batons, on display at the Jiangsu AnHua Police Equipment stand at China Police, 2008. A new report by Amnesty International documents the international trade in Chinese-made torture instruments. (Robin Ballantyne)

    China Markets Tools of Torture

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  • Cambodian military police stand guard as an ambulance drives past a crowd in front of a hospital in Phnom Penh on Nov. 23, 2010. A military hospital in Cambodia was recently raided after it ran an organ trafficking ring that involved at least one Chinese doctor. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • The Last Governor of Hong Kong Christ Patten is welcomed by Hong Kongers when he attends the opening of Maritime Museum in Central on March 20, 2014. (Poon/Epoch Times)

    Chris Patten Speaks Out for Hong Kong on Political Reform

    HONG KONG—The ruling issued by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing on Aug. 31 came as a critical blow to those fighting for universal... Read more

  • Geng He, wife of disappeared Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, seen on a poster at rear, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. On Sept. 9, 2014 Geng He appeared at the National Press Club to appeal for U.S. help for her husband, who was brutalized during 5 years of imprisonment in China. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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  • On Sept. 7, the Hong Kong Federation of Students officially announced that a weeklong boycott of classes will start on Sept. 22, in protest of the Chinese communist regime denying people in Hong Kong true universal suffrage. Students from 17 colleges and universities in Hong Kong will take part. (Poon Zaishu/Epoch Times)

    Protesting Denial of Democracy, Hong Kong Students to Skip School

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  • Democratic Party founding chairman, Martin Lee Chu-ming, calls upon Hong Kongers not to give up hope, to fight for democracy, during a rally held on the evening of Aug. 31, 2014. (Poon/Epoch Times)

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  • A staff member of the Chinese Embassy who attacked Falun Gong practitioners protesting outside the China Investment Forum has been handcuffed by Prague police, on Aug. 28, outside Prague Castle. (Sun Hao/Epoch Times)

    Leader of Chinese Business Delegation Accused of Torture

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  • Ng Man-ting, a member of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association, dresses in yellow and pretends to be a practitioner of Falun Gong on Argyle Street, Mongkok, in Hong Kong, while handing out propaganda literature against the practice. Ng was recently sent to prison for 12 days. The sentence was suspended for a year. (Epoch Times)

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    For the first time a member of a band of agitators, who have operated for years in Hong Kong on behalf of a branch of... Read more

  • Left: 73 year-old Liu Daolan suffered violent attack on August 11 in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province after petitioned her grievance to the central inspection patrol, in a screenshot from She suffers multiple fractures in the leg below the knee from the attack. Right: Liu Tonglin, who is over 60 years old, was violently attacked by two men after he appealed grievance to the central inspection team in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province on August 12, shown in a screenshot from Liu suspects that the local authorities hired gangsters to attack him. (Epoch Times)

    After Reporting Grievances to Anti-Corruption Team, Chinese Citizens Attacked by Gangs

    After two Chinese petitioners presented long-standing grievances to an inspection team from Beijing, they were attacked by gangsters allegedly hired by the local authorities. Early... Read more

  • A crowd in the Kardze (Garzê) prefecture of Sichuan Province protests peacefully on Aug. 12. The police soon fired into the crowd, and four Tibetans later died in detention as a result of the untreated gunshot wounds. (Save Tibet)

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  • Lü Gengsong and his wife, Wang Xue'e, after his release from prison in August 2011. Lü, a veteran Chinese democracy activist and scholar, has been charged with subverting state power and faces additional prison time. (Chinese Human Rights Defenders)

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  • Geng He, wife of Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, and their son, Tianyu, in the Bay Area, Calif., on Aug. 5. (Ma Youzhi/Epoch Times)

    Abuse Leaves Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Barely Able to Speak, Wife Says

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  • Policemen use a force-feeding torture method on a Falun Gong practitioner at the Hongqiao District Detention Center in Tianjin, China, in this file photo. (Courtesy of

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