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Following her arrest on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” Foshan rights defender Su Changlan has been detained in the Foshan City’s Nanhai Detention Center for over 20 months; her case has yet to come to trial. Her lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, explains in this update (see below) that the...
The ongoing “709 Crackdown,” which began in July of 2015, has primarily targeted rights defense lawyers. Continuing this trend, Hunan rights lawyer Yang Jinzhu, known by some as “Yang Quixote,” is now being oppressed by the local judiciary department. Aware of the possibility of his imminent...
Dear General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Security Council Xi Jinping, Greetings! As the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is being convened, we are writing this letter in full respect, in hopes of...
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...
The honorable Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court: Over the past few days, I’ve seen news about the trials of the “709” cases, and was really shocked. In the verdicts released on three consecutive days, I saw a name I had not seen for a long time, that of Li Heping, my husband. I’m filled...
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”...

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