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Human rights lawyer Li Heping has been missing since July 10, 2015, when he was forcibly taken from his home by unidentified persons. His wife, Wang Qiaoling, filed this administrative complaint, her second, with the Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court, stating that public security organs...
On the one-year anniversary of her death, Human Rights in China remembers and honors Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) , a tireless advocate of government transparency and greater citizen participation in China’s human rights processes. Cao died in a Beijing hospital in March 2014 after six months in detention for...
蔡瑛律師建三江维权继续 距离21日唐吉田、江天勇、王成和张俊杰律师被拘押已经八天,我现在北京。25日从建三江回到长沙后,司法部门不断通知,首先是试探性询问建三江之事,暗示不要介入,之后开始盘查代理手续是否完善,最后完全暴露丑恶目的,要求我退出代理。在我这里遭到拒绝甚至痛斥后,湖南省司法厅、长沙市司法局强令事务所主任,必须阻止蔡瑛代理建三江案件,要不惜一切手段抢回蔡瑛的代理手续。 黑龙江多位律师为了争取会见权,为了维护法制在绝食在抗争,这里司法部门不仅不出言支持律师维权,竟然要制止律师代理。对这群人我真是无法可说,但我还是决定去北京全国律师协会递交材料,明知道去了也枉然,但必要的程序还是要到位...
The statement condemns the Chinese government’s persecution of Cao Shunli that led to her death and lists the following demands: Investigate and make public details of Cao’s detention and her condition between September 14, 2013 and the time of her death; Investigate and make public the cause and...
In an open letter on the criminal detention of at least seven individuals who have been calling on government officials to publicly disclose their assets, Xu Zhiyong ( 许志永 ) and nine other lawyers, media workers and entrepreneurs urge the authorities to protect the rights of citizens to freedom of...
In this article, Beijing lawyer Xiao Guozhen provides a portrait of rights advocate Hou Xin, one of four individuals detained by police in Beijing, following their March 31, 2013 protest calling for disclosure of official assets. The other three individuals detained were Yuan Dong, Zhang Baocheng,...
[Huangyang Village Wheat Subsidies] Instead of receiving the full sums of the wheat-growing government subsidies due them, the villagers of Huangyang were told that portions of the subsidies went to the Shangdian Township government as payments for their irrigation fees. The villagers challenge the...
It has been nearly two years since China’s first access to information statute took effect on May 1, 2008.
A Beijing lawyer has launched a test of China’s new Open Government Information (OGI) Regulations (政府信息公开条例) , which, according to the OGI, are intended to "ensure that citizens, legal persons and other organizations (公民、法人和其他组织) can obtain government information by lawful means, and increase...
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