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In the afternoon of November 14, 2016, independent candidate Feng Zhenghu who was running for one of the deputies to the Yangpu District People's Congress in Shanghai, was lawfully handing out canvassing materials for his campaign when individuals from his neighborhood security office tried to stop...
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Xu Peiling, Cui Fufang, Fan Guijuan, and Dai Zhongyao—four volunteers of independent candidate Feng Zhenghu’s campaign for People’s Deputy of Shanghai’s Yangpu District—were illegally detained on November 13, 2016, by officers from the Wujiaochang police sub-station of the Yangpu Public Security...
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Jin Bianling, wife of detained human rights defense lawyer Jiang Tianyong, has released a statement in response to the December 16 report published by “The Paper,” a state run media outlet, on Jiang’s situation. The report describes the imposition of criminal coercive measures against Jiang, as...
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Fujian activist Wu Gan (aka Tufu) has suffered numerous forms of illegal mistreatment during his detention, including secret solitary confinement for half a year, having the defense attorney appointed by his wife barred from meeting with him, days and nights of sleep deprivation, threats and...
Since Beijing lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s disappearance on November 21, neither his family nor the defense lawyers appointed by his family have received any written notice regarding his status. Official media have carried out wanton smear campaigns against him, misleading public opinion. In response to...
On November 14, two days before the elections for National People's Congress deputies from Yangpu District in Shanghai, well-known activist Feng Zhenghu was canvassing for votes in his neighborhood when he was taken away by police to the police station. There, Feng was subjected to 24 hours of...
The wife of Beijing rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong says that as of early morning November 23, 2016, her husband has been missing for more than 24 hours. Jiang was due to arrive in Beijing by train at 6:30am, November 22, after a visit to Changsha to accompany the wife of lawyer Xie Yang, who was...
Eighty-two lawyers from 18 provinces and municipalities jointly issued a public complaint about the detention of the wives of four individuals who have been in custody since the “709” crackdown on rights defense lawyers of July 2015, along with four lawyers who took a group photo with the wives...
On June 16, 2016, Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Causeway Bay booksellers who went missing last fall and later turned up in mainland custody, spoke out publicly and exposed his traumatic eight-month detention by a “Central Special Unit” (中央专案组). During this time, Lam said he was interrogated nearly...
On January 29, 2016, lawyer Tang Jingling , an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience, was convicted of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced to five years in prison. Tang was first detained in May 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” during the pre-June...

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