A plainclothes policeman holds onto Zhang Qingfang (centre), the lawyer of Xu Zhiyong, to put him into a police car as journalists follow the lawyer after Xu’s trial, near the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing today. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A Chinese court sentenced one of China’s most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison today after he campaigned for the rights of children (...)

Supporters of Chinese human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong outside the  Beijing No 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing, China today. Photograph: EPA

Prominent Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong went on trial today in the country’s most high-profile dissident case in years, but his lawyer said he (...)