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Since July 9, Chinese authorities have disappeared, detained, or questioned at least 276 lawyers and activists throughout China. The nationwide police action against lawyers is unprecedented in scale, far surpassing a similar crackdown following the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.
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Liu Yuangdong was among the first activists of the Southern Street Movement to be detained. He was tried in January 2014 in the Tianhe District People's Court, Guangzhou, Guandong, and the court has not yet issued a ruling and he remains in detention. Liu Yuandong said to his lawyer, Liu Zhengqing...
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The U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, scheduled for August 13-14, will be held during what is widely viewed as the harshest crackdown in China since 1989. While China is a powerful global player that the United States needs to engage with on shared security and trade interests, this is a crucial...
Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne Switzerland VIA Fax: +41 21 621 62 16 (Lausanne) VIA Email & Fax: +60 32 333 28 82 (Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre) Open Letter to IOC President Thomas Bach [ see response ] July 28, 2015 Dear...
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[Translation by Human Rights in China] On August 11, 2015, Yu Wensheng filed a letter of complaint with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Shijingshan District’s government, Supervisory Bureau, and the Procuratorate, demanding an investigation into the actions and responsibility of the...
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To: Permanent Representatives of Member States and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We urge your delegation to make statements, both jointly and individually, to address the unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers in China – indeed on Chinese...
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[Translation by Human Rights in China] See Chinese original . To: Supreme People’s Procuratorate Complainant: Yu Wensheng July 31, 2015 Complainant: Yu Wensheng, Male, Born November 11, 1967, Lawyer, From Beijing, Phone: 13910033651, Address: Room 712, No. 2 CRD Yinzuo, Shijingshan District,...
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On July 10, 2015, rights defense lawyer Li Heping was forcibly taken from his home by a number of unidentified individuals who did not provide any official documents or a notice of detention. Wang Qiaoling, his wife, has been inquiring with many public security bureaus regarding his whereabouts but...
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August 5, 2015 President Xi Jinping General Secretary Office Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhongnanhai Ximen Fuyou Street Xicheng District Beijing 100017 People’s Republic of China Mr. Meng Jianzhu Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission 14 Beichizi Street Dongcheng...
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This article is lawyer Yan Xin’s (燕薪) statement of defense for Tang Jingling who is accused of "inciting subversion of state power." In his defense for Tang Jingling, lawyer Yan Xin argues that Tang is not guilty of “inciting subversion of state power.” He argues that: the concept and actions of...
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On July 15, Yang Weidong, an independent filmmaker in Beijing, and his wife and mother were preparing to board a train bound for Hong Kong for their vacation, but his mother, Xue Yinxian, was stopped at customs. The next day, Yang stood naked holding up a sign in front of the State General...
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Since last year, in the name of the policy to "renovate three sections and tear down one," the Zhejiang provincial government has been forcibly tearing down crosses on top of churches. By July 10 of this year, more than 1,200 crosses have been removed. In a July 28 statement, the Christian Three-...
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The International Olympic Committee's decision to award the 2022 Winter Olympics Host City to Beijing blatantly ignores the current government crackdown of unprecedented scale targeting human rights lawyers and defenders in China, as well as a water shortage that has already reached crisis levels...

China’s review is scheduled for the session beginning November 9. NGO Submission Deadline: October 26, 2015(See more.) For information on the review process and China’s past reviews, see HRIC’s page on China and the CAT
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