Skip to content Skip to navigation

Reuters: China Jails Ex-professor 10 Years for Subversion

October 17, 2009

Excerpted from Reuters:

A former university professor who published letters to Chinese leaders and advocated multi-party democracy has been jailed for 10 years for "subversion of state power", a rights group said on Saturday.

"This sentence is indefensible from a legal perspective, because using peaceful and rational means to petition cannot be considered subversion of state power," Guo's lawyer was quoted as saying in a statement by Human Rights in China.

"Guo Quan's actions were in complete compliance with the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech. 'Subversion of state power' can only be achieved by armed insurrection."

Human Rights in China said the sentence was pronounced on Friday. The Intermediate People's Court in the town of Suqian could not be immediately reached for comment.

The rights group said Guo, a former associate professor at Nanjing Normal University, was detained in November 2008 after publishing articles, including letters on the Internet, addressed to Chinese President Hu Jintao and others.

It said he founded the New Democracy Party of China and advocated a multi-party, competitively-elected democractic system, while addressing social problems and concerns of laid-off workers and peasants who had lost their land.

Access to the full text of this article may require a subscription and password.
HRIC is not responsible for outdated web links to external sites.

For more information on this issue:

Explore Topics

Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention Arbitrary Detention Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue
Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship Children Chinese Law
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists Citizen Participation Civil Society Communist Party Of China
Consumer Safety Corruption Counterterrorism Cultural Revolution Culture Matters Current and Political Events
Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents Economic Reform
Education Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China Family Planning
Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion Government Accountability
Government regulation Government transparency Great Leap Forward Heilongjiang Lawyers’ Detention Historical Anecdotes History/Experience
Hong Kong House Arrest House Church Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights updates
Ideological Contest Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control  Information monitoring Information technology
Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Engagement  International Human Rights International Investment  International Relations
International Trade International Window Internet Internet Governance Judicial Reform June Fourth
Kidnapping Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers
Legal System Legal World Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo)
National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics Online Activism Open Government Information
Personal Story Persons With Disabilities Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics
Prisoner Of Conscience Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor
Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law Southern Street Movement Southern Weekly Special Topic
State compensation State Secrets State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Taiwan
Technology Thoughts/Theories Tiananmen Mothers Tibet Torture Typical cases
United Nations Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women Xinjiang Youth
Youth Perspective