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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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On July 2, 2017, Jiangxi rights activist Liu Shaoming, who resides in Guangzhou, was sentenced by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court to four years and six months in prison and three years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Liu Shaoming was accused of...
It has been two years since labor rights activist Liu Shaoming was detained, and over a year since his trial. Still, the court has yet to issue a verdict. Though initially in good health, Liu has experienced abdominal pain since October 2016, and the pain has intensified this year, a worrisome sign...
Fujian rights defender Wu Gan (screenname “the Butcher”) was tried at the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court for “inciting subversion of state power” in a closed hearing on the morning of August 14. The areas around the court were heavily guarded, more than 20 supporters were picked up in...
Tianyong, It has been over two years since the beginning of the 709 Crackdown. Sometimes I think you are unlucky, as you were arrested just when everyone thought the crackdown was coming to an end. But you are also lucky, as you were the third to the last person to go to trial, before Wang...
[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...
In 2005, Jiangsu dissident 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...
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...
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...
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...
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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