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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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In the below statement, Lawyer Liu Zhengqing tells of the process he had to go through to become Xie Yang’s legal representative and to meet with him in person. Liu writes of how Xie informed him about a number of things that happened while Xie was held under residential surveillance. For instance...
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Sichuan rights defender Chen Yunfei was accused of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles," and was tried at Wuhou Court in Chengdu, Sichuan, on December 26, 2016. During the trial, the court forcibly confiscated the computer belonging to Chen’s defense lawyer Liu Zhengqing, claiming that Liu was...
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In the afternoon of November 14, 2016, independent candidate Feng Zhenghu who was running for one of the deputies to the Yangpu District People's Congress in Shanghai, was lawfully handing out canvassing materials for his campaign when individuals from his neighborhood security office tried to stop...
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During the elections for deputies to the Jinan district and township level People's Congresses, Sun Wenguang, an independent candidate and retired professor of Shandong University, was imprisoned in his home for several days under round-the-clock watch by public security officers. In the article...
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Xu Peiling, Cui Fufang, Fan Guijuan, and Dai Zhongyao—four volunteers of independent candidate Feng Zhenghu’s campaign for People’s Deputy of Shanghai’s Yangpu District—were illegally detained on November 13, 2016, by officers from the Wujiaochang police sub-station of the Yangpu Public Security...
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Jin Bianling, wife of detained human rights defense lawyer Jiang Tianyong, has released a statement in response to the December 16 report published by “The Paper,” a state run media outlet, on Jiang’s situation. The report describes the imposition of criminal coercive measures against Jiang, as...
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In February 2016, 80-year-old Beijing resident Wang Xiuying applied to the National Audit Office for “Open Information on the Exit Audit Report of Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, legal representative of China Investment Corporation and Central Huijin Investment Company Ltd.” The National Audit Office...
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Human rights defender Su Changlan, of Foshan, Guangdong, has been in detention since 2014 and is still waiting for a verdict on her April 2016 trial for “inciting subversion of state power.” She recently told her lawyer that she had been disciplined in detention because she had used pure water with...
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In her statement, Chen Guiqiu, wife of lawyer Xie Yang who was detained in the 709 crackdown, calls attention to the procedural violations committed by the authorities with regard to her husband’s case. The two lawyers she retained to serve as her husband’s defense lawyers, Zhang Chongshi and Lin...
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Fujian activist Wu Gan (aka Tufu) has suffered numerous forms of illegal mistreatment during his detention, including secret solitary confinement for half a year, having the defense attorney appointed by his wife barred from meeting with him, days and nights of sleep deprivation, threats and...

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