Outspoken human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been accused of picking quarrels and inciting ethnic hatred. Pu is known for defending artist Ai Weiwei in a tax evasion case and he has also campaigned for the abolition of labor camps.
The disbarred Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has confessed to "inciting subversion of state power." He disappeared while in custody for several months after being arrested last November.
Xu Zhiyong, an eminent rights activist, has been freed by Chinese authorities. His release comes days after the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident and Nobel peace laureate who was not allowed a cancer treatment abroad.
Two years after China's unprecedented crackdown on human rights lawyers, criticism abounds that authorities appear resolute and relentless in their efforts to suppress civil society. But activists say they won't give up.
Vietnam has cracked down further on dissent, arresting four rights activists on charges of trying to overthrow the government. Hanoi has already faced EU, US and UN calls to release bloggers and a lawyer.
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