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Beijing Should Phase Out Existing Projects at Home

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the Chinese government would “not build new coal-fired power projects abroad” and would instead “step up support for other developing countries in developing green…
Chinese-built Java 7 coal-fired power plant in Serang, Banten, Indonesia, October 2020.
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Judge Denies Abused Woman Divorce, Citing ‘Traditional Values’

“In principle, in divorce cases, the first time one sues for divorce, it won’t be granted. [Marriage is] a traditional value,” said Judge Zhang Yanbin in the Chinese city of Chengdu, ruling against a woman’s petition for divorce. “We made the ruling to…
A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, December 26, 2015.
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Vote Could Undermine Constitutional Court Ruling Upholding Basic Rights

People’s human rights should not hinge on a popular vote. But that’s exactly what is happening in Taiwan, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are at risk. Ironically, the latest threat…
Supporters of same-sex marriage take part in a rally outside Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan, December 10, 2016.
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A Glint of Progress but Government Lags in LGBT Protections

The Hong Kong government has implemented a court order to recognize same-sex spouses of residents in visa proceedings. The case that led to the order, QT v Director of Immigration, began in 2011. “QT,” a female British…
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Ruling Should Prompt Banning of Practice to Change Sexual Orientation

Last week, in an unprecedented case, a court in China ruled against a public hospital that had forced a gay man into so-called conversion therapy. This ruling was the first of its kind – against a public institution in China. The…
Activists raise a rainbow flag as they march during a demonstration to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Changsha, Hunan province May 17, 2013.
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The Furong District People’s Court in Changsha didn’t seem to think its decision needed an explanation. Despite the court’s terse dismissal of a landmark case that would have recognized the first same-sex marriage in China,…
Activists raise a rainbow flag as they march during a demonstration to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Changsha, Hunan province May 17, 2013.
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On April 24, the Chinese government’s willingness to examine domestic violence as a possible mitigating factor in sentencing will go on trial as a Sichuan court rules in the case of Li Yan, who was sentenced to death for murdering her abusive husband. Her…
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On waking from an afternoon nap, first century Chinese Emperor Ai of the Han Dynasty (27 to 1 BC) cut off his sleeve rather than wake his male lover, Dong Xiang, who was sleeping across it.  For two thousand years same-sex love has been referred to in…
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“I hope to be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisition.” Today marks four years since Oslo’s City Hall reverberated with these words of Liu Xiaobo, along with his calm but fierce defense of the freedom of expression and his bedrock belief…
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A high-level Chinese official who’s overseen numerous rights abuses has come under official investigation. But hopes for real justice aren’t high. When the news broke today that the Chinese Communist Party will investigate China’s former domestic security…