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It became known on August 1 that lawyer Wang Yu, the principal “culprit” in the “709 crackdown” was released on bail pending further investigation. The news came after she had been held in secret detention for more than one year, during which time she had no access to lawyers and nothing was known...
Rights defender Liu Jiacai, currently serving his sentence in Hanjin Prison in Hubei Province, is frequently subjected to physical punishment and is taking psychotropic drugs to ease his mental pressure, according to fellow activist Li Wei. At the request of Liu’s wife, Li has constructed an...
On June 17, 2016, the Wuhan Municipal Procuratorate indicted Wuhan activist Qin Yongmin of “subversion of state power.” Qin had previously been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same crime. Prior to the indictment, Qin was formally arrested on May 12 after having been disappeared for one year...
Human rights defender Ye Yin, after participating in a hunger strike relay in support of Guo Feixiong, published his reflections, saying: “It is very difficult for this type of protest to have any effect on a ruthless ruling machine. However, we still eagerly participate in this type of protest, if...
During the first few days of August 2016, Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried defense lawyers and rights defenders involved in the “709” crackdown. However, the defendants’ family members were under strict surveillance and forbidden from observing the trials. In light of this, Wang...
In late March 2016, Zhang Leilei, administrator of the Sina Weibo feminist account, “Feminist Activist Pie is More Delicious” (女权行动派更好吃) found that the account had been shut down for “publishing harmful messages and engaging in other rule-violating behavior.” [The Chinese character for “faction”...
In this statements, eight family members of lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown express strong concern about Wang Yu being threatened and pressured into doing a video “interview ” in which she criticized her former colleague, Zhou Shifeng, as not being a “proper” lawyer. The statement also...
Lawyer and activist Tang Jingling issued the below statement about his plan to go on a one-day hunger strike, on May 16, 2016, in solidarity with the imprisoned Guo Feixiong and detained Yu Shiwen —both also on hunger strike to protest mistreatment. May 16 marks the two-year anniversary since Tang...
Ai Xiaoming , retired professor of Sun Yat-sen University and scholar of women's and public issues, went on a voluntary hunger strike for 24 hours to urge for the humane treatment of Guo Feixiong in detention, and also to support Yu Shiwen’s calls for justice, who was her Sun Yat-sen classmate. She...
Tan Zuoren, well-known environmental and human rights activist, was among the first participants of the “Save Guo Feixiong Hunger Strike Relay.” In this statement, Tan explains that a decade ago, when Guo was on hunger strike in prison, members of the Chengdu Study Group organized a hunger strike...

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