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Human Rights in China has learned from reliable sources that after Liu Xiaobo died in custody, the mother of Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ) , the detained founder of 64 Tianwang Human Rights Center, became especially concerned that her seriously ill son may also die in detention. Huang was detained in November...
(Ms. Xu Jue) We announce with deep sorrow that Ms. Xu Jue , an important member of the Tiananmen Mothers, died at 8:51a.m. on April 24, 2017, at age 77. Ms. Xu Jue was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009, and shortly after her surgery, the cancer spread to her liver. She passed away after an eight-...
Sun Wenguang, retired professor of Shandong University School of Management, after attending a June Fourth anniversary gathering on May 24, was picked up on June 1 by individuals believed to be public security personnel. Sun was taken to a guest house and his cell phone was confiscated. He was sent...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is issuing the following essay by the group to commemorate the victims of June Fourth on its 28th anniversary. An Essay on the 28th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre The Tiananmen Mothers June 1, 2017 [Translation by Human...
Ding Zilin, mother of Jiang Jielian, who was shot and killed, at age 17, on the night of June 3, 1989, is a founder of the Tiananmen Mothers group. Mrs. Lois Snow is the widow of the late Edgar Snow, American journalist and author of Red Star Over China (1937), widely regarded as one of the most...
My friends, we have been out of touch for so long. In 2015, on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, September 27, my husband Jiang Peikun died suddenly from a heart attack at 2:53 in the afternoon. This sudden misfortune plunged me into an abyss. Jiang's funeral services were simple, in accordance...
On September 9, Suzhou activist Gu Yimin was put under “residential surveillance at a designated place” on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” In this case update written by his wife (see below), Xu Yan, Gu’s lawyer’s request to meet with him was rejected, and her own efforts to locate her...
On June 4, 2016, the 27th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown, six police officers, in three shifts, monitored Beijing activist Zha Jianguo’s home. On this day, in his home, he fasted and meditated to commemorate his fellow citizens who died during June Fourth. He reflected on three things:...
After learning that her husband, Yu Shiwen , Henan dissident and one of the “Ten Gentlemen of Zhengzhou,” was on a hunger strike to protest his prolonged pretrial detention ( two years since he was first detained in May 2014 ), Chen Wei circulated the below message online. Chen Wei wishes to tell...
As the June Fourth government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement continues to recede into the past, and as victims’ families age and pass away, broad and more effective international actions are increasingly critical to support the families’ appeals for justice. With complete impunity for the...

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