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Cao Shunli, a Beijing rights defender who had been actively calling for public participation in China’s international human rights reporting to the UN, has been missing since September 14. Cao’s younger brother has reported her disappearance at the local police sub-bureau. In this statement the...
The author of this appeal , Yan Bojun, has participated in many citizen actions calling for disclosure of official assets since the second half of 2012. As a result of the authorities’ widening crackdown on advocates of asset transparency and citizen activism, most of his friends have been...
In response to a widening crackdown on advocates of asset transparency and citizen activism and others for “rumor-mongering,” three rights defense lawyers launch a group to provide legal services to individuals detained or arrested simply for exercising their rights.
Wang Gongquan, a venture capitalist, supporter of the New Citizens’ Movement, and vocal critic of the criminal detention of Xu Zhiyong, was criminally detained on suspicion of “disrupting order in a public place.”
Peking University professor Xia Yeliang issues an urgent statement to refute an assertion by Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times writing under the penname Shan Renping. In a September 9, 2013 article titled “One needs to pass the internal review before becoming a Peking University...
A family member writes of a series of injustices that the Li Wenhai family, in Beijing, has suffered: Li Wenhai himself was forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital for three-and-a-half years. After his release, his wife Li Guian, was beaten and seriously wounded by a thug in the community...
Gansu dissident Li Dawei (李大伟) was released last year after serving ten years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power. Li has been petitioning the government to overturn his conviction. In this piece , he describes he was recently granted a meeting with a judge in the Gansu Provincial...
In a letter that the sender knew will not reach the recipient, defense lawyer Liu Weiguo told his client Xu Zhiyong, founder of the New Citizens’ Movement, that on the day he tried to visit Xu in detention, not only was his request denied but he himself was also taken away. He wrote that the...
This article , written by an “ordinary citizen,” expresses praise and respect for Xu Zhiyong. The author says Xu’s arrest was foolish because it has made many more people know about Xu and the New Citizens’ Movement.
In her letter , Zhang Qing protests the latest detention of Guo Feixiong and details the persecution her husband has suffered since 2003, the year he began rights defense activities. She calls for his immediate and unconditional release without criminal charge. Zhang says Guo’s release will help...

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