The conference in the Sala Alessi

Chinese Refugees: Seeking Asylum in Italy

A conference in Milan’s Town Hall highlights religious persecution in China and the problems encountered by refugees. by Massimo Introvigne Few places are more symbolic of Milan that the Sala Alessi, in the heart of the city’s Town Hall, Palazzo Marino. The magnificent 16th century room is a feast of sculptures of frescos on Greek mythology. […]

Li Wenzu (center) receives the 2019 Franco-German Human Rights and Rule of Law Award

Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Law Wins Human Rights Prize

Li Wenzu, rights activist and wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, has won a European human rights award for her “exceptional contribution” to the protection and promotion of human rights. Li received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on her husband’s behalf from the French and German ambassadors […]

prison cell block

20 Bitter Winter Reporters Vanished in the Air

Writing for Bitter Winter is a crime in China. 45 of our reporters were arrested. 20 are still in custody but we don’t know where – actually, we cannot even confirm they are alive. by Marco Respinti  From August to December 2018, 45 Bitter Winter’s contributors have been arrested in China for reporting the truth on religious persecution and the […]

Guangdong-based rights attorney Sui Muqing

China Detains Activists Heading to U.S. Human Rights Event

Authorities in the Chinese capital detained and questioned a group of rights activists en route to the U.S. embassy in Beijing to participate in an event marking Human Rights Day on Tuesday, RFA has learned. Wang Heying and a group of fellow petitioners — people pursuing complaints against misconduct and rights violations by the ruling Chinese Communist Party — […]

Hong Kong

Interview: ‘The Common Goal is Caring About Hong Kong.’

Richard Chan, a 48-year-old businessman who made headlines after being pepper-sprayed during protests at Hong Kong’s international airport has quit the boardroom to involve himself in the city’s political life full time. He spoke to RFA’s Mandarin Service about his support for the five demands of the six-month-old protest movement, and his recent election to the District Council: RFA: You […]

US capitol (Kevin McCoy – CC BY-SA 2.0)

Uyghur Act Passed by the U.S. House: Good, But What’s Next?

The new law is a tougher version of a bill passed last September in Senate. It still needs Senate and President Trump’s approval—and a look at context. by Massimo Introvigne On December 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (407 votes in favor, only one against) the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. It […]