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On December 22, 2015, a Beijing court found rights defense lawyer Pu Zhiqiang guilty of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and sentenced him to a suspended three-year prison term. He was first detained in May 2014 and held in custody for 19 months. On Monday, December 14, 2015, the day of his trial, supporters gathered in front of the courthouse, holding up signs that read: "Pu Zhiqiang is not guilty.”
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On January 29, 2016, lawyer Tang Jingling , an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience, was convicted of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced to five years in prison. Tang was first detained in May 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” during the pre-June...
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In a hearing on January 29, 2016, the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People's Court convicted activists Tang Jingling, Yuan Chaoyang, and Wang Qingying of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them to five years, three and a half years, and two and a half years, respectively. Tang...
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Yu Shiwen ( 于世文 ) , an activist in the 1989 Democracy Movement, has been held without trial for more than 20 months in a detention center in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Yu was first detained in May 2014 for organizing a 25th anniversary public memorial service to commemorate those killed during the...
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The court upholds the verdict of the first instance trial, and the six-year sentence of Guo Feixiong and the two-year-and-six-month sentence of Sun Desheng.
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The notice reached Li’s wife, Wang Qiaoling, more than ten days after its issue date of January 8, 2016. (See a series of articles written by Wang Qiaoling on her husband’s initial disappearance in July 2015 and the aftermath, entitled “ My husband Li Heping .”)
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Dear Presidential election candidates: Greetings! After fierce election campaigns, now you are waiting quietly for the final judgment by the voters. Long before this moment, I started to watch this political race closely on this side of the Taiwan Strait, from the Guangzhou Number One Detention...
On January 4, four lawyers and families of Li Heping, Wang Yu, Bao Longjun, and Xie Yuandong—suspected of “inciting subversion of state power” in the “709 case”—went together to Hexi District Procuratorate in Tianjin to submit a “Legal Supervision Application,” and to Hexi Public Security Bureau in...
Still detained as of December 15, 2015 1. Chen Qilin 2. Qu Hongxia (aka Hutu (Silly) or Maliya (Maria)) (from Shanxi, residing in Beijing) 3. Bao Naigang 4. Wang Su’e (Liaoning) 5. Zhang Zhan (Shijiazhuang, Hebei) 6. Hou Minling (Wenchuan, Sichuan) 7. Sheng Lanfu 8. Chen Wenchang 9. Song Wei (...
  • Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang protesting outside court during his trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Placards: "Pu Zhiqiang not guilty.”
Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang protesting outside court during his trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Placards: "Pu Zhiqiang not guilty.” Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang being pushed away from court by unidentified men during Pu’s trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang being pushed...
In a lengthy document released today that concludes its review of China’s compliance with the Convention against Torture , a UN expert committee says it “remains seriously concerned over consistent reports indicating that the practice of torture and ill-treatment is still deeply entrenched in the...
In an appeal to the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ), who was sentenced last week to six years of imprisonment for “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” and “picking quarrels and provoking...
In an outrageous ruling, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court added one more charge for rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) , and convicted him of both “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” — for which he was tried—and “picking...
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