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A portrait of a young factory worker who sought fair compensation from the factory where he lost his hand. Ruan Libing (阮礼兵) is a 21-year-old worker from Hunan Province. His left hand was severed while he was operating a machine tool in a factory that produces home appliances. In March 2010 he came...
The story of the struggle between residents of a seaside village and the local government determined to seize the land. The version of the Beihai map to be published next year will quite possibly no longer show the village of Baihutou. In fact, the land of Baihutou Village was expropriated four...
The story of how a judicial deadened in the mainland courts compelled a group of plaintiffs to seek redress in a Hong Kong court, in an innovative—albeit unsuccessful—lawsuit. This case, a lawsuit filed at the Hong Kong Small Claims Tribunal for compensation for victims of the tainted milk powder...
Two Hong Kong legislators discuss the role Hong Kong can play in advancing democratic progress in mainland China. Human Rights in China (HRIC) : Mr. Ho, I would like to ask you to briefly introduce yourself. You are an active member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LEGCO) and also a human...
A Chinese lawyer details the efforts of plaintiffs and their lawyers to seek justice for victims of tainted milk powder. The tainted milk powder incident erupted on September 11, 2008, becoming known as China’s 9/11. In America’s 9/11, many firefighters gave their lives for others. In China’s 9/11...
A former Special Advisor for China in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, recounts the origins of U.S. official legal reform exchanges with China and how the approach has changed. The 1997-98 US-China Summits: From Human Rights to Rule of Law? At the close of...
William P. Alford, Donald C. Clarke, Jerome A. Cohen, R. Randle Edwards, James V. Feinerman, Nicholas C. Howson, and Stanley B. Lubman
On January 12, 2010, Google stunned the world with its dramatic announcement that it was reconsidering its business in China in the wake of debilitating cyber-attacks, and furthermore that the company was no longer willing to continue operating a censored search engine in China, Google.cn, launched...
Translation by Wen Huang The Internet has created room for the birth and development of civil society in totalitarian countries. In the past two years, social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have developed at an amazing speed in non-democratic countries. They have become the...
It has been nearly two years since China’s first access to information statute took effect on May 1, 2008.

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