China – 2015 Front Line Defenders Award Winner Guo Feixiong sentenced to six years in prisonposted on: 2015/11/27

On 27 November 2015, human rights defender Mr Guo Feixiong was sentenced to six years in prison by the Tianhe District People's Court in Guangzhou.

Update – China/Thailand: Thai authorities deport human rights defenders with refugee status back to Chinaposted on: 2015/11/18

On 13 November 2015, Thai authorities in Bangkok deported two human rights defenders, Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei, back to China. They were recognised as refugees by UNHCR.

While China postures on the international stage, women human rights defenders are routinely targeted

Mary Lawlor is the Executive Director at Front Line Defenders.

On 27 September China will co-host with UN Women a “Global Leader's Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment” in New York. Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the gathering, as will Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon. The event will mark 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and is intended to place 'gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment at the centre of the global agenda'.

Has the bubble also burst on Chinese authoritarianism?

The titans of international finance have decreed that China's economic bubble was bound to burst because of unrealistic inflation of share values and property prices coupled with declining exports. Let's see if global gurus can also decipher that it is the very autocratic system they have venerated which is unsustainable.

Lawyers face assaults amid China’s crackdown on human rights defenders

Andrew Anderson is the Deputy Director at Front Line Defenders. This blog was originally published in The Irish Times on Sunday, 7 June 2015.

The Chinese leadership emphasises the importance of the rule of law while simultaneously subjecting those defending it to outrageous abuses. In the past six months lawyers have been assaulted outside courthouses by mobs and inside courthouses by state officials, all part of a concerted crackdown on human rights defenders.

China - Front Line Defenders calls for the release of Tang Jingling, Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingying on the one year anniversary of their detentionsposted on: 2015/05/15

16 May 2015 marks one year to the day since human rights defenders Tang Jingling, Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingying were detained by the authorities in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province.

China – Court Sentences human rights defender Liu Jiacai to 5 years in prisonposted on: 2015/05/11

On 11 May 2015, a Chinese court in Yichang City, Hubei Province sentenced human rights defender Liu Jiacai to five years' imprisonment on charges of 'inciting subversion of state power.'

Update: China – Guo Yushan and He Zhengjun at risk of criminal chargesposted on: 2015/04/28

The Beijing Public Security Bureau has recommended that human rights defenders Mr Guo Yushan and Mr He Zhengjun be charged with illegal business activity.

Women Human Rights Defenders in China: Twenty Years After Beijing, What's Changed?

When I arrived at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) in Beijing, Chinese authorities welcomed hundreds of foreign dignitaries and international rights groups with rainbow coloured scarves. Yet, while China hosted what would come to be known as the pre-eminent gathering on gender equality for the next twenty years, the government was also systematically disempowering Tibetan women through its repressive policies towards the Tibetan Autonomous Region. At the opening of the conference in 1995, in protest against China's silencing of Tibetan women's voices, a delegation of exiled Tibetan women gagged themselves with the silk.

Throughout the conference, Chinese security officers filmed, photographed, and followed the Tibetan women. On the third day, the activists lead a workshop on "Women and Development in Tibet," which so angered the crowd that a counter-protest erupted. My self and colleague Frank Jennings – later known to the Chinese authorities as “Black Hand” for his outspoken work in support of women rights defenders in China – tried to act as human shields while Chinese men shouted and pushed Tibetan women to the floor.

Update: China – Five women's rights activists releasedposted on: 2015/04/14

On the evening of 13 April 2015, five women's rights activists, detained in China for over a month, were conditionally released.