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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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Wang Qiaoling, wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping, and Yuan Shanshan, wife of lawyer Xie Yanyi, went to the Changsha City No. 2 Detention Center in the morning of October 8, 2016, to deposit money for human rights attorney Xie Yang, who was detained in the “709” crackdown. Without cause, Wang...
There has been no news regarding Jiang Tianyong’s situation since his disappearance on November 20, 2016; however, the apartment where he once lived in the Changping District of Beijing was broken into and forcibly searched by public security personnel. In addition, the tenants of Jiang Tianyong's...
On November 14, two days before the elections for National People's Congress deputies from Yangpu District in Shanghai, well-known activist Feng Zhenghu was canvassing for votes in his neighborhood when he was taken away by police to the police station. There, Feng was subjected to 24 hours of...
Recently, Ye Jinghuan, Zhang Shan’gen, and 18 other Beijing citizens issued a joint declaration to become independent candidates in the elections for district and county People’s Congress deputies. In response, they received “special attention” from the police at their homes. Zhang Shan’gen was...
Well-known Shanghai activist, Feng Zhenghu, is running for election as a deputy to the People's Congress for the Yangpu District in Shanghai. On November 13, two of his volunteers, Xu Peiling and Cui Fufang, were helping to hand out promotional materials for his campaign to his constituents when...
Feng Zhenghu, a prominent Shanghai activist, appealed to his constituency to either nominate him before October 30 as a candidate for deputy to the People's Congress of the Yangpu District, or to cast a vote for him directly on November 16. Feng’s campaign slogan is "protect the constitution,...
On July 12, 2015, attorney Xie Yanyi was secretly detained by the authorities. By the time his family finally received official notice of his arrest on January 11, 2016, Xie had been in custody for over 400 days. The numerous visitation requests filed with the Tianjin Public Security Bureau by the...
Nine rights defenders from Suzhou were detained by the authorities for publishing “sensitive” comments on the Internet early last month, during the G20 summit. Wang Mingxian was one of them; to date, his family has not received any notification of his detention. On October 13, Wang’s lawyer, Sui...
With the National People's Congress elections approaching for representatives from Yangpu District in Shanghai, well-known activist Feng Zhenghu issued an open letter to his constituency calling on voters to nominate him as a candidate to the Congress. Feng’s campaign slogan is "protect the...
Since Lawyer Xie Yang’s arrest and detention as part of the “709 crackdown,” his case has been twice transferred for review and prosecution. In their separate accounts (below), Xie’s lawyers, Zhang Chongshi and Lin Qilei, report the following: the prosecutor Li Zhiming from the Changsha People's...

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