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On March 1, the Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets will go into effect. When first announced on February 2, the Xinhua News Agency presented them as “an effort to boost government transparency.” However, the regulations, read...
Rights activist Liu Xiaofang ( 刘晓芳) who visited Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) at the 309 Military Hospital told HRIC that a Dr. Su there said that Cao is on life support and her condition is terminal. Liu said that Cao did not respond when she called out to her loudly through a glass window. According to Liu,...
Rights activist Hu Jia tweeted the following message at 10:47pm Beijing time: “Today, February 28, a doctor from the tuberculosis institute at the 309 Military Hospital notified Cao Shunli ’s family that Cao’s vital signs are being supported by a ventilator; her many organs are gradually failing. A...
Cao Shunli ’s ( 曹顺利 ) lawyer Wang Yu ( 王 宇 ) and other lawyers and activists issued an urgent appeal to the Beijing police to make public information on Cao Shunli’s condition and undertake an investigation for liability. The appeal alleges that authorities at the Chaoyang District Detention Center...
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, just hours after Xue Fushun ( 薛福顺 ) , 52, the father of China Democracy Party member Xue Mingkai ( 薛明凯 ) , sought protection at the Qufu Municipal Procuratorate, Shandong Province, domestic security officials informed his wife, Wang Shuqing ( 王书清 ), that he had “...
Four participants of the New Citizens Movement— Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜) , Li Wei ( 李蔚 ), Zhang Baocheng ( 张宝成) , and Yuan Dong ( 袁冬) —were tried in two separate trials on Monday, January 27 at the Beijing Haidian District People’s Court. The proceedings marked the end of a series of trials of citizen...
As in the trials of several other activists this week, the trial of Liu Yuandong ( 刘远东) , Guangzhou-based activist and businessman, ended today without a verdict. Liu is charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) and “false declaration of registered capital” (...
In a ruling today that has implications for Chinese citizens’ right to hold assemblies or just informal gatherings in public, a court in Guangzhou upholds the police’s punishment of Li Weiguo ( 李维国) , a Guangzhou resident, for inviting people in May 2013 to witness his delivery of applications to...
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳 ) was arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” according to her husband, Chen Ruiming ( 陈瑞明 ) . Li was first detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, following an...
Human Rights in China has received information that Guangdong lawyer Liu Shihui ( 刘士辉) was detained on Sunday afternoon, January 5, by authorities at the Dadongjie police substation in the Yuexiu District of Guangzhou. According to information available online, he has since been transferred out of...

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