Blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng's wife says he is ill, but authorities have not responded to a request for medical parole.
The families of political prisoners across China say they have been refused permission to visit their loved ones in jail over the traditional Lunar New Year holiday period.
Chinese petitioners with complaints against the government are detained outside the Beijing residence of Premier Wen Jiabao.
Chinese authorities have put one writer under house arrest and restricted the freedom of another amid continuing police investigations into Charter 08, a document calling for broad political change.
The mother of a 17-year-old boy who died in police custody has demanded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death, as China's petitioners gear up for a season of parliamentary meetings.
Chinese protest "propaganda" in traditional television gala as others head overseas in spite of months of bad news for the economy. In Vietnam, a province mourns dozens of holiday shoppers killed in a ferry accident.
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A censored version of U.S. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address leaves Chinese viewers puzzled.
A proposed plan to increase China's mandatory retirement age for women has led to a fierce debate in the rapidly aging country.
Courts in China have been instructed to reject appeals or complaints lodged against the authorities by members of unofficial "house churches," according to a lawyer who handles such cases.
Chinese authorities say they have closed down 91 Web sites, targeting big-name search engines in the latest clampdown on "vulgar content."
Suicide is a leading cause of death for Chinese women, and China is the only country in which the suicide rate for females is higher than for males.
In the latest in a string of detentions across China, three Beijing-based lawyers are taken in for questioning after they sign a document online calling for political reforms.
Hundreds of ordinary Chinese with complaints against government officials are beginning protests against local branches of the People's Congress, or parliament. But activists say the authorities are stepping up surveillance and controls.
Authorities in Beijing ban poultry from entering the capital from elsewhere in China following the death of a Fujian woman from the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
China's Communist Party drives the country's 1.3 billion people with scant regard for their welfare, and the country's nascent civil rights movement holds the main hope for political change, a former top official says.
Bao Tong, a former top Communist Party official, says China's political system has a disastrous lack of checks and balances, calling it a terrifying juggernaut.