The dreaded Article 300 of the Chinese Criminal Code punishes with 3 to 7 years of imprisonment “or more” those who “use” a xie jiao. Case law shows that “using” a xie jiao is an expression interpreted by Chinese courts as being active in a xie jiao in any capacity. In some cases, being found in possession of literature of a xie jiao has been regarded as sufficient for the application of Article 300.
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A man convicted for training a cock for fighting claimed animal rights laws surreptitiously promote “animal worship” and paganism. Judges disagreed.
The Tai Ji Men Case: Why Did the Parliament Fail?
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan tried to restore justice, but failed—why? Experts offered their answers on International Day of Parliamentarianism.
Russia: Muslims Detained As Members of a Non-Existing Movement
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