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On May 1, 2016, Lawyer Ma Lianshun visited his client, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , in Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center and learned that on April 27, Yu had begun a hunger strike to protest 1) his prolonged pretrial detention— two years since he was first detained in May 2014 —with no sign of being...
A group of well-known activists in China have initiated a 24-hour relay hunger strike campaign, beginning on May 4, to urge the Chinese authorities to take immediate action to provide Guo Feixiong with immediate medical treatment. The initial seven hunger strikers include Tan Zuoren, the...
Black-hooding, tight handcuffing and leg shackling, no exposure to fresh air (~2014–November 2015) BACKGROUND Guo Feixiong , 49, is a well-known writer, self-taught legal defender, and outspoken advocate for asset transparency. In January 2013, Guo protested in front of the Southern Weekend...
Zhang Lei, defense lawyer for Zhang Kai, filed the below complaint with the People's Procuratorate of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, against Huang Baokun, Chief of Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and related officers handling Zhang Kai’s case. In the complaint Zhang alleges that Huang...
我的法庭陈述 各位、法官、检察官、律师及亲友们:大家好! 广州市检察院、穗检公——刑诉(2016)5号起诉书检控我以“造谣、诽谤”等方式煽动颠覆国家政权、推翻社会主义制度,其行为触犯了《中华人民共和国刑法》第一百零五条第二款,以煽动颠覆国家政权罪追究我刑事责任,我现在作出自辩。 是公民的良知和责任,使今天我又一次站在法庭的被告席上。廿七年前的北京春夏之交,我参与和见证了那场史无前例的反腐败、争民主、争自由、史称“六四事件”的学生运动,目睹了手无寸铁年轻的学生惨死的一幕。廿七年过去了,惨景挥之不去,至今仍痛彻我心扉,总有一种不可抑制的冲动和责任,促使我为冤死的学生英魂去奔走呐喊。为此,我写下了...
On April 8, 2016, the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, in separate verdicts, convicted activists Xiewen Fei and Wang Mo of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them each to four and a half years’ imprisonment, with three years’ deprivation of political rights. In court, both...
Yu Shaolei, former Southern Metropolis Daily editor, explains in a weibo post the reason for his resignation: he can’t take the Party’s surname, and his knees can’t take it anymore. Yu Shaolei’s weibo post: [Translation by Human Rights in China] This spring, let’s just break it off, clean. I’m old...
In 2009, democracy activist Xie Changfa (谢长发) was convicted of “subversion of state power” and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment and five years of deprivation of political rights, in connection with his activities in the China Democracy Party (CDP). Xie told his brother Xie Changzhen who visited...
Sichuan rights defender Chen Yunfei was detained on March 23, 2015, for paying respects at the graves of Xiao Jie and Wu Guofeng, two June Fourth victims. He was officially arrested on April 30 that year on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...

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