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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
Reports continue to expose the serious human rights violations committed against lawyers and activists arrested in the 709 Crackdown. In addition to attorneys Xie Yang, Li Heping, Li Chunfu, as well as activist Wu Gan, many rights defenders caught up in the crackdown are reported to have been...
After Huang Qi, director of 64 Tianwang website, was arrested for “illegally leaking state secrets abroad,” his 84-year-old mother Pu Wenqing once again urges the Chinese government in this open letter to release her son for medical treatment on humanitarian grounds. Huang Qi—who has been suffering...
Among the detainees of the “709” crackdown, lawyer Wang Quanzhang is the only one about whom there had not been any news for nearly two years since his detention in August 2015. The authorities not only denied him access to the lawyers retained by his wife, but also suppressed the lawyers. Recently...
This poem by Liu Xia, written in 2010 for the then detained Liu Xiaobo, was circulated online on July 14, 2017, the day after Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese Original I know, one day, sooner or later You’ll leave me And walk alone down the path of...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s message to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia (below). [Translation by Human Rights in China] Xiaobo: Although you lost your freedom and lost your life, you still possess the great love of the world, which no one on Earth can match. In our hearts...
Today we went to the entrance of the Supreme People’s Court. The bailiff was blocking the way of an elderly woman petitioner. But when he saw us, he let us through, and called on his mobile to inform the authorities inside: “They have arrived and are going in.” Wenzu and I exchanged a knowing smile...

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