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Citizens' Square

Citizens’ Square is a virtual Democracy Wall for individuals from China to share their stories online in personal narratives, open letters, statements, and case descriptions, and through photos, court documents, and videos. While most of the posted items are in Chinese, HRIC provides in English the title and a descriptive summary of each item. On occasion, HRIC also provides English translation of the contents of the item itself.

Launched in spring 2010, Citizens’ Square has served as an uncensored platform for petitioners, rights defenders, lawyers, and other citizens to expose corruption and official malfeasance, publicize cases of abuse ranging from illegal detention to kidnapping and torture, and issue public statements, including calls for official accountability and transparency and appeals for just compensation for forced evictions.

The expansion of this virtual Democracy Wall reflects the powerful desire among Chinese citizens to assert their rights and the growing citizen activism in China. Postings on Citizens’ Square have also helped individuals and groups bring international press attention to their cases.

In Citizens’ Square, journalists, researchers, and the general public can learn more about individual cases.

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[Translation by Human Rights in China] 他死了,这又能改变什么 阳光明亮,阿尔卑斯山巅的残雪在远方 如闪烁的鱼鳞,他的骨灰被抛向闪烁的大海 如鱼鳞,我们对他的追忆 也鱼鳞般渐行渐远么? 这又能改变什么,他死了 He died, and what can it change In bright sunshine, the distant remnant snow at the summit of the Alps Flickers like fish scales. His ashes tossed into the flashing sea Like...
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In 2005, Jiangsu dissent Yang Tiansui was sentenced to 12 years in prison. As he was completing his prison term, he was diagnosed as having a brain tumor and has been granted medical parole. The authorities have refused to let Yang leave China to seek medical treatment abroad. As his family is...
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Chen Jinxue and Zhang Lei, lawyers retained by Jiang Tianyong’s family to represent Jiang, went to the detention center to request a meeting with the detained human rights attorney. The detention center claimed that Jiang had already retained two lawyers, hence the authorities said they could not...
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Jiang Tianyong's defense lawyer Chen Jinxue sent a letter to the sub-bureau of the Changsha Municipal Public Security Bureau requesting for the fifth time to meet with Jiang. Previously, Chen and Jiang’s other defense lawyer, Qin Chenshou, had asked eight times to see their client. The Public...
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Zhao Xianzhong died of an untreated heart attack while detained at the Henan Provincial Detention Center in Hebi City, Xun County, on April 18, 2017. Following his death, his family learned that during the 22 months that Zhao was detained, he was admitted to hospital three times for emergency...
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On March 30, the second instance trial of Wang Jiangfeng, arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” for referring to Mao Zedong as “Bandit Mao” and Xi Jinping as “Steamed Bun” in online posts, opened at the Zhaoyuan City Detention Center, Yantai, Shandong Province. Wang’s...
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Now out of prison for close to four years, Ningxia poet Shi Tao is a member of the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s third creative writing class for young people. He received an invitation to attend a poetry association meeting held in Ningbo, and began preparation for the event. However, three...
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Lawyer Yu Wensheng filed a criminal complaint with the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate requesting that Miao Lin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and others involved be held legally accountable for abusing their power in using the annual renewal of law licenses to suppress...
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In a letter to Human Rights in China, Zhang Bo, a mainland Chinese living in the United States, outlines the abduction, blackmail, and injury his brother Zhang Jian and his wife suffered for attempting to recover money from construction work they were owed. In the account, Zhang Bo alleges that...
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On the afternoon of June 7, Lin Qilei met with Guangdong rights activist Li Xiaoling at the Beijing Xicheng District Detention Center. In the meeting, Li said that previously, because of delay caused by the Zhuhai police, the treatment she had received in Guangzhou for her acute glaucoma was not...

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