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Psychiatric detention of dissidents and the rise of the Ankang system Although in recent years a handful of cases in which individuals were incarcerated in psychiatric institutions for their political activism have become known, it was thought that China had not systematically adopted the...
A textbook example of “political lunacy” The following case study appeared in a 1994 textbook on criminal psychiatric work, Consultative Questions and Answers for Forensic-Psychiatric Medical Evaluations (Sifa Jingshen Yixue Jianding Zixun Jieda) edited by Long Qingchun, a leading official at the...
Jiang Qisheng’s defense Last December, more than a year after his trial, Jiang Qisheng was finally informed of his sentence, four years in prison for issuing an open letter suggesting peaceful ways for people to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth massacre. He is currently...
The Chinese regime’s use of repression and the evolution of its targets In this article, Marie Holzman examines the evolution and nature of the current political regime in the People’s Republic of China, arguing that while the scope of repression may have diminished, it remains a principal policy...
Now serving a four-year prison sentence for “incitement to subvert state power” for setting up an independent corruption monitoring group, An Jun is being held in Henan Province No. 1 Prison in Kaifeng City, and has a heart condition for which he is not receiving proper treatment.
Two unforgettable summer weeks in a Beijing prison Chinese writers face harder times. While China rushes towards an ever more market-oriented economic system, President Jiang Zemin has made it clear that he intends no change in ideology. Several scholars and outspoken journalists have lost their...
The story behind the New Culture Forum Web site
Tong Shidong & Liao Shihua
Rebiya Kadeer , once celebrated by the Chinese government as a model Uighur businesswoman, is now serving an eight year prison term for “illegally passing intelligence outside of China.” Kadeer, 54, was detained on August 11, 1999, on her way to meet a US Congressional Research Service delegation...

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