December 18, 1998 |
Amid tightened security and heightened speculation over the future of political reform here, China put two of its best-known dissidents on trial Thursday for "inciting subversion" through their efforts to form an opposition party to the ruling Communist regime. The proceedings are the highest-profile political trials in the world's most populous nation since those after the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square 9 1/2 years ago.
August 8, 1998 |
A man who challenged the Communist Party during President Clinton's visit to China was freed from prison, dissidents in exile said. Lin Hui was released from a detention center in the eastern city of Hangzhou, said Wang Bingzhang, spokesman of the U.S.-based Chinese Democracy and Justice Party. Lin was one of at least a dozen people detained in China's most concerted crackdown on dissidents in years. All but one, Wang Youcai, have been released.
December 4, 1998 |
Two dissidents arrested this week are suspected of endangering national security, China's government said in the clearest sign yet that it intends to block their campaign to form an opposition party. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao refused to say how Xu Wenli and Qin Yongmin endangered the state or to specify what laws they broke. Wang Youcai, a third activist in the campaign to set up the China Democracy Party, has been in custody for a month.
March 5, 2004 |
A democracy activist who helped organize the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was released by China and arrived in the United States on Thursday. It was the third time in a week that Beijing acted on a case after lobbying from Washington, in what some believe are efforts to stave off a possible United Nations resolution condemning China on human rights issues. Wang Youcai, 37, a physicist, was given medical parole, said John Kamm, executive director of the Dui Hua Foundation, a rights group.
February 5, 1999 |
Chinese dissidents set up five new branches of a banned opposition political party Thursday, resuming a campaign that threatens to land more of them in jail. The branches of the China Democracy Party were the first that dissidents have dared set up since China's Communist rulers launched a crackdown on the group more than two months ago. At least six party members have been imprisoned.
December 14, 1998 |
Police have detained two more Chinese dissidents, and the student author of a petition demanding the release of a pro-democracy leader charged with subversion has disappeared, a human rights group said Sunday. The new detentions bring to as many as 15 the number of people picked up by police during a 2-week-old crackdown on the would-be China Democracy Party.