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2015 in Review

2015 has seen one of the most draconian crackdowns in China since 1989, marked by detentions, threats and intimidation of defenders, often extending to their families, personal attacks in the official media, and seemingly endless restrictions on their professional and personal lives. HRIC’s looking back on the year highlights and pays tribute to the persistence and resilience of the lawyers, women’s rights activists, and other defenders who, at great personal risk, are working for a stronger China. 

Defenders Under Attack
China Under Scrutiny
Resilient Spirit
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2015 Human Rights Day (Dec10)
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  • 中国人权新闻媒体主任徐美玲在“西藏人民起义纪念日”57周年集会上讲话。达格·哈玛绍广场,纽约市,2016年3月10日。图片:中国人权。
  • (China’s Feminist Five) Wei Tingting, detained March 6 2015, released April 13, 2015, still subjected to restrictions on movement and communications.
  • (China’s Feminist Five) Zheng Churan, detained March 6, 2015, released April 13, 2015, still subjected to restrictions on movement and communications.
  • (China’s Feminist Five) Wu Rongrong, detained March 7, 2015, released April 13, 2015, still subjected to restrictions on movement and communications.
  • (China’s Feminist Five) Wang Man, detained March 6, 2015, released April 13, 2015, still subjected to restrictions on movement and communications.
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Wang Yu, lawyer, detained since July 9, 2015, charged with “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Li Heping, lawyer, whereabouts unknown since July 10, 2015, charge unknown.
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Wang Quanzhang, lawyer, detained since July 10, 2015, charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Sui Muqing, lawyer, detained since July 10, 2015, charged with “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Xie Yanyi, lawyer, whereabouts unknown since July 12, 2015, charge unknown.
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Xie Yang, lawyer, detained since July 11, 2015, charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Zhou Shifeng, lawyer, detained since July 10, 2015, charged with “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Huang Liqun, lawyer, detained since July 10, 2015, charge unknown.
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Li Shuyun, lawyer, missing since July 10, 2015, charge unknown.
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Chen Taihe, lawyer, detained since July 13, 2015, charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” “inciting subversion of state power” and “misappropriation of property (by an employee).”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Bao Longjun, detained since July 9, 2015, charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (709 Mass Crackdown) Liu Sixin, lawyer, detained since July 10, 2015, charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • (Hong Kongers march for universal suffrage) Victoria Park, June 14, 2015.
  • (Hong Kongers march for universal suffrage) Victoria Park to Tim Mei Avenue., July 1, 2015.
  • (Hong Kongers march for universal suffrage) Victoria Park to Tim Mei Avenue, July 1, 2015.
  • (Silent March to defend academic freedom) University of Hong Kong, October 6, 2015.
  • (Silent March to defend academic freedom) University of Hong Kong, October 6, 2015.
  • (UN CAT Review of China) DESCRIPTION, UN Palais Des Nations, Geneva, November 18 [or 19], 2015.
  • (UN CAT Review of China) DESCRIPTION, UN Palais Des Nations, Geneva, November 18 [or 19], 2015.
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