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Petitioners going to Beijing to rent houses are strictly controlled—indicating that victims are treated no better than criminals. In the name of "stability maintenance,” Beijing police have, over the years, strictly controlled petitioners coming into the city, prohibiting hotels and residences from...
People come from across the country to petition at the Bureau for Letters and Calls. They often must brave the biting cold or scorching sun, and line up in an alley for hours or even days at a time, only to be blocked or rudely and unreasonably refused when they reach the registration window. Now,...
Since last year, in the name of the policy to "renovate three sections and tear down one," the Zhejiang provincial government has been forcibly tearing down crosses on top of churches. By July 10 of this year, more than 1,200 crosses have been removed. In a July 28 statement, the Christian Three-...
The Beijing Chaoyang Lawyers Association sent a letter to the National People's Congress expressing strong concern about Articles 35 and 36 of the proposed Draft 9th Amendment to the Criminal Law , which will criminalize disruptions to courtroom order and disclosure of information from court...
In a statement of protest (see below), Shi Tao, a journalist who served eight years of a ten-year prison term, says that contents in his social networking WeChat account were deleted in recent days, in the lead up to the 26th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...
On May 5, 2015, the Chinese government released for public comment the Foreign/ Overseas Non-Governmental Organizations Management Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) (Second Review Draft) (《 境外非政府组织管理法(草案二次审议稿)全文 》”FNGO draft law”). If enacted and implemented in its current form, both...
After being detained for 37 days, women’s rights activist Li Tingting was released on bail on April 13. She wrote a request to the Haidian Public Security Bureau to return her personal items as soon as possible, especially her Xiaomi Mi Band. Why is it so important to her? In this essay, Li...
After 37 days of detention, Wang Man ( 王曼 ) , Wei Tingting ( 韦婷婷 ) and Zheng Churan ( 郑楚然 ) , Li Tingting ( 李婷婷 ) , and Wu Rongrong ( 武嶸嶸 ) were released in a procedural step known as “release on guarantee pending further investigation,” or, qubao houshen ( 取保候审). Unfortunately, instead of a full...
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” (...
Heterodox thought on human rights & political reform during the Cultural Revolution

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