HRIC has learned from various sources that on May 13, 2013, seven lawyers were severely beaten by police officers in Ziyang City, Sichuan Province, when they attempted to visit Ziyang Legal Education Center (资阳市法制教育中心), the largest black jail in Sichuan.
Sources told Human Rights in China that rights activist Liu Ping (刘萍) has been criminally detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” Authorities have denied a request by Liu’s lawyer to meet with his client.
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that on April 2, 2013, Li Jianfeng (李建峰), a former presiding judge in the Economic Department of Ningde Municipal Intermediate People's Court, Fujian Province, was released after serving more than 11 years in prison on conviction of “subversion of state power” and “illegal possession of firearms.” He had been sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment but received a five-year sentence reduction for performing extra labor in prison.
Human Rights in China has learned that Chinese authorities have placed seven activists under criminal detention on charges of “illegal assembly.” These individuals, including long-time activist Zhao Changqing (赵常青) and Beijing lawyer Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), have called for public disclosure of government officials' assets.
On April 16, police took away some 20 lawyers and rights defenders in Hefei, Anhui Province, who were protesting the removal of a10-year-old from a local school she was attending. Sources told Human Rights in China that the action was organized by the Ministry of State Security, as opposed to local Hefei police.
According to a review essay by Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明), a professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and a rights activist, a newly completed documentary film by Xie Yihui (谢贻卉 ) reveals that 4,000-5,000 minors, boys and girls, suffered inhuman treatment when they were interned in a Sichuan Reeducation-Through Labor camp in the late 1950s and early 1960s. All were made to do manual labor and suffer protracted starvation. As many as 12 children died in a single day.
On April 4, 2013, a judge at the Jingjiang City People’s Court, Jiangsu Province, put a Beijing rights defense lawyer, Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), under a 10-day judicial detention for “serious violations of court procedure.” Wang is currently being held at the Jingjiang Detention Center.
Human Rights in China has learned that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on February 27, 2013, four unidentified men in Hefei, Anhui Province, took Zhang Anni (张安妮), the ten-year-old daughter of long-time rights activist, Zhang Lin (张林), from her school and detained her in a police precinct in the Hupo district of the city.
In an open letter to China’s legislature and political advisory body to demand a just resolution of the June Fourth crackdown on the Democracy Movement of 1989, the Tiananmen Mothers stress that “the only feasible way to solve the June Fourth issue is through legislative and judicial procedures.”