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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...
“Lawyer Xia Lin: Such Is Our Country, and All We Can Do Now Is Fill Up Our Glasses” Guo Yushan, September 20, 2016 [HRIC Note: On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin ( 夏霖) , a well-known criminal defense lawyer of the Beijing Huayi Law Firm was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and three years’...
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...
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a statement today in Beijing saying that while China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years have been “extraordinary,” that progress has been accompanied by “very high levels of inequality...
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...

August 12, 2016

In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin (翟岩民), a law firm employee; Hu Shigen (胡石根), a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng (周世鋒), a lawyer and law firm director; and Gou Hongguo (勾洪国), a rights activist. 

In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng...
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...

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