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In an appeal submitted last week, Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , a well-known former rights defense lawyer sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of RMB 1.4 million ($221,000) for “extortion,” “fraud,” and “buying trafficked children,” asks the Guangdong Provincial Procuratorate to vacate his conviction. Liu...
1) Case Timelines Date Liu Yao’s Case Lai Wei’e’s Case Aug 2015 Liu Yao began publishing articles online exposing He Zhongyou (何忠友), Party Secretary of Heyuan City, Guangdong Province, for illegal appropriation of a vast tract of farmland for a golf course project. (He Zhongyou is currently the...
Lawyer Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , 56, who once practiced in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, represented local peasants in Dongyuan County, in the prefectural-level city of Heyuan City (河源市东源县), in a land right dispute case. Subsequently, in 2009, he was accused of a trumped-up charge of intentional damage of...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Submitted to: The Heyuan Municipal People's Procuratorate The Heyuan Municipal Intermediate People's Court By Complainants: Defense lawyers for Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) Li Fangping ( 李方平 ) , lawyer at Beijing Ruifeng Law Firm and defense lawyer representing Liu Yao and...
In the Case of Liu Yao, victim of entrapment and retaliation by corrupt high-ranking officials in Guangdong who colluded with businesses and abused their power
[Translation by Human Rights in China] 1 The Chinese Spring Festival in 2018 came late. February 15 was the anniversary of Mr. Edgar Snow's death, also Lunar New Year’s Eve. This happened to be a time of long holidays, when people were either busy preparing meals for family reunions at home or out...
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In a near-unanimous vote on March 11, the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, passed the proposed 21 amendments to the Chinese constitution. Among the most consequential are the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency and vice-presidency (Art. 79), and the relocation of the...
The Chinese authorities have persecuted human rights lawyers and human rights defenders who were taken into custody in the 709 Crackdown by putting them under “residential surveillance at a designated place,” which is secret detention in disguise, refusing to let lawyers retained by their families...
In his essay, “Sino-U.S. Relations: Engagement or Hostility?” Gao Wenqian, HRIC’s Senior Policy Advisor, questions key assumptions by Western observers about President Xi Jinping’s grip on power and highlights an important opportunity—and the imperative—for the U.S. to stand firm on human rights in...
On January 13, 2018, 40 June Fourth victims’ family members joined a New Year gathering in Beijing organized by the Tiananmen Mothers. The participants observed a moment of silence to pay tribute to the 50 victims’ family members who have passed away, and reiterated their three unwavering demands...
[Delivered at a rally jointly organized by the U.S. Tibet Committee, Dokham Chushi Gangdruk of New York and New Jersey, Regional Tibetan Youth Association of New York and New Jersey, and Students for a Free Tibet, NYC] Human Rights in China protests and condemns the prolonged-detention and...
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On September 14, lawyer Lin Qilei met with his client Li Xiaoling at the Zhuhai No.1 Detention Center, and was told Li had been arrested on September 12 for allegedly “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Li is a rights defender from Zhuhai, Guangdong. Li Xiaoling developed an eye condition...
Tong Liya and former husband Han Zhongming, a Shanghai rights defender who petitioned and then sued the government over being forcibly evicted and relocated, were followed for 24 hours and watched from outside their temporary home by eight unidentified non-locals beginning September 22. Han has...
On September 6, lawyer Zhu Shengwu, representing “steamed bun” case defendant Wang Jiangfeng of Zhaoyuan, Shandong, received a notice from the Department of Justice of Shandong Province entitled, “Notice of Rights to a Hearing for the Party Involved in Administrative Punishment Cases Handled by the...
On the morning of September 5, lawyer Sui Muqing was accompanied by the mother of detained activist Huang Qi as well as two volunteers from the website 64tianwang.com on a trip from Chengdu to the Mianyang Municipal Procuratorate’s Case Management Center. There, the group demanded to be able to...
Since the 18th Party Congress in 2012, human rights have deteriorated, the rule of law has regressed, torture has increased, and the number of wrongful incarcerations has grown dramatically—Beijing rights defender Yu Wensheng states in an open letter. Yu says that since Xi Jinping came to power...
In the 900 days Lawyer Wang Quanzhang, from Tianjin, has been in custody—since he was first detained in July 2015 in the 709 Crackdown—he has yet to be allowed to meet with a lawyer; and lawyer Li Yuhan, of Shenyang, who once represented Wang Quanzhang, was arrested in November 2017 on suspicion of...
Nearly a year ago, on November 28, 2016, Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi (黄琦) was detained by police in Chengdu and formally arrested the following month on suspicion of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Huang, a founder of 64 Tianwang Human Rights Center, has been in custody without a...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] I haven’t seen Huang Qi for three months. Originally, I had planned to see him after reviewing the case files. But after all this waiting, the permission to review the files never came. Although I haven’t been able to read the files, I still have to inform...
In the morning on November 6, 2017, lawyer Sui Muqing went to the Mianyang Municipal Detention Center to meet with Huang Qi, accompanied by Huang’s mother and three volunteers from 64tianwang.com. When they arrived, Huang Qi was being questioned in connection with the complaint he filed regarding...
A day before the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal’s hearing on whether it would allow pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law to appeal their prison sentences, two UN experts urge the court to consider their cases “in accordance with Hong Kong’s obligations under international human...
Yu Wensheng, rights defense lawyer from Beijing, had his practicing license first confiscated in July 2017 for representing lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been in custody since July 2015 in the 709 Crackdown. Subsequently, his license, invalidated, was returned to him, which did not allow him to...
Sichuan human rights activist Huang Qi’s defense lawyer, Sui Muqing, had agreed on a time to examine the procuratorate’s case files, but the day before, the procuratorate gave notice that they had canceled the review due to a business trip. Given that the previous time they had illegally refused to...
Zhaoyuan, Shandong netizen Wang Jiangfeng, who was sentenced to two years for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” after publishing comments on the Internet calling Mao Zedong “Bandit Mao,” Xi Jinping “Steamed Bun Xi,” and so on, received a “Written Decision for Retrial” on the effective date...
On the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Wang Xiuying, a woman in her 80s from Beijing, published an open letter to Xi Jinping arguing that “continuing the Party’s absolute leadership over the army is paradoxical.” The open letter states that the army’s...
September 28, 2017: The Umbrella Movement, Three Years On Civic groups in Hong Kong commemorate the third anniversary of the Umbrella Movement, which called for universal suffrage and an end to political interference from mainland China. The tens of thousands of protestors who participated in the...
Eighteen citizens, including Ye Qinghuan, Yang Lingyun, and Zheng Wei issued a joint declaration, stating their intent to run for election as independent local and People’s Congress representatives, and calling on voters in Beijing to vote for them. They intend to truly represent the people and do...
As the National Supervision Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft) officially entered the legislative review process, a group of mainland lawyers, law PhDs, and scholars jointly issued a letter to the National People’s Congress as well as its Standing Committee, presenting their concern that...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original was published by Radio Free Asia. On August 18, two videos of Liu Xia ( 刘霞 ) , the widow of Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波 ) , began circulating online. These clips appear to have been made and released by Chinese authorities with the purpose of letting the...
The functions and operation of the congress of the CPC According to the provisions of the CPC constitution, the Party Congress, held every five years, is the highest authority of the Party and its tasks are to elect the highest leadership and determine major policies. This is determined by China's...
Lawyer Yu Wensheng filed a criminal complaint with the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate requesting that Miao Lin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and others involved be held legally accountable for abusing their power in using the annual renewal of law licenses to suppress...
Wen Donghai—defense lawyer of Liu Feiyue, head of Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch and activist from Hubei—found out, after attending a meeting with the procuratorate that on August 8, 2017 Liu’s case of “inciting subversion of state power” has been transferred again to the Suizhou Procuratorate,...
On July 2, 2017, Jiangxi rights activist Liu Shaoming, who resides in Guangzhou, was sentenced by the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court to four years and six months in prison and three years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power.” Liu Shaoming was accused of...
It has been two years since labor rights activist Liu Shaoming was detained, and over a year since his trial. Still, the court has yet to issue a verdict. Though initially in good health, Liu has experienced abdominal pain since October 2016, and the pain has intensified this year, a worrisome sign...
Fujian rights defender Wu Gan (screenname “the Butcher”) was tried at the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court for “inciting subversion of state power” in a closed hearing on the morning of August 14. The areas around the court were heavily guarded, more than 20 supporters were picked up in...
Tianyong, It has been over two years since the beginning of the 709 Crackdown. Sometimes I think you are unlucky, as you were arrested just when everyone thought the crackdown was coming to an end. But you are also lucky, as you were the third to the last person to go to trial, before Wang...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] 他死了,这又能改变什么 阳光明亮,阿尔卑斯山巅的残雪在远方 如闪烁的鱼鳞,他的骨灰被抛向闪烁的大海 如鱼鳞,我们对他的追忆 也鱼鳞般渐行渐远么? 这又能改变什么,他死了 He died, and what can it change In bright sunshine, the distant remnant snow at the summit of the Alps Flickers like fish scales. His ashes tossed into the flashing sea Like...
In 2005, Jiangsu dissident Yang Tiansui was sentenced to 12 years in prison. As he was completing his prison term, he was diagnosed as having a brain tumor and has been granted medical parole. The authorities have refused to let Yang leave China to seek medical treatment abroad. As his family is...
Chen Jinxue and Zhang Lei, lawyers retained by Jiang Tianyong’s family to represent Jiang, went to the detention center to request a meeting with the detained human rights attorney. The detention center claimed that Jiang had already retained two lawyers, hence the authorities said they could not...
Jiang Tianyong's defense lawyer Chen Jinxue sent a letter to the sub-bureau of the Changsha Municipal Public Security Bureau requesting for the fifth time to meet with Jiang. Previously, Chen and Jiang’s other defense lawyer, Qin Chenshou, had asked eight times to see their client. The Public...
Zhao Xianzhong died of an untreated heart attack while detained at the Henan Provincial Detention Center in Hebi City, Xun County, on April 18, 2017. Following his death, his family learned that during the 22 months that Zhao was detained, he was admitted to hospital three times for emergency...
On March 30, the second instance trial of Wang Jiangfeng, arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” for referring to Mao Zedong as “Bandit Mao” and Xi Jinping as “Steamed Bun” in online posts, opened at the Zhaoyuan City Detention Center, Yantai, Shandong Province. Wang’s...
Now out of prison for close to four years, Ningxia poet Shi Tao is a member of the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s third creative writing class for young people. He received an invitation to attend a poetry association meeting held in Ningbo, and began preparation for the event. However, three...
Lawyer Yu Wensheng filed a criminal complaint with the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate requesting that Miao Lin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and others involved be held legally accountable for abusing their power in using the annual renewal of law licenses to suppress...
In a letter to Human Rights in China, Zhang Bo, a mainland Chinese living in the United States, outlines the abduction, blackmail, and injury his brother Zhang Jian and his wife suffered for attempting to recover money from construction work they were owed. In the account, Zhang Bo alleges that...
On the afternoon of June 7, Lin Qilei met with Guangdong rights activist Li Xiaoling at the Beijing Xicheng District Detention Center. In the meeting, Li said that previously, because of delay caused by the Zhuhai police, the treatment she had received in Guangzhou for her acute glaucoma was not...
Reports continue to expose the serious human rights violations committed against lawyers and activists arrested in the 709 Crackdown. In addition to attorneys Xie Yang, Li Heping, Li Chunfu, as well as activist Wu Gan, many rights defenders caught up in the crackdown are reported to have been...
After Huang Qi, director of 64 Tianwang website, was arrested for “illegally providing state secrets abroad” his 84-year-old mother Pu Wenqing once again urges the Chinese government in this open letter to release her son for medical treatment on humanitarian grounds. Huang Qi—who has been...
Among the detainees of the “709” crackdown, lawyer Wang Quanzhang is the only one about whom there had not been any news for nearly two years since his detention in August 2015. The authorities not only denied him access to the lawyers retained by his wife, but also suppressed the lawyers. Recently...
This poem by Liu Xia, written in 2010 for the then detained Liu Xiaobo, was circulated online on July 14, 2017, the day after Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese Original I know, one day, sooner or later You’ll leave me And walk alone down the path of...
Twenty-eight years ago, who would have imagined that today’s world would become like this? At this rate, the world in another 28 years will be unthinkable. For whom does the bell toll? I hope Liu Xiaobo’s death will become the start of a reversal.
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...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s message to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia (below). [Translation by Human Rights in China] Xiaobo: Although you lost your freedom and lost your life, you still possess the great love of the world, which no one on Earth can match. In our hearts...
Human Rights in China mourns in great sorrow the tragic passing of Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波) today, at age 61. Liu was a proponent of a nonviolent citizens’ movement and a leading advocate for constitutional democracy in China. He was a Nobel Peace laureate who envisioned a better future for the people of...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s open letter to Xi Jinping (below) regarding Liu Xiaobo. Letter to President Xi Jinping from Tiananmen Mothers Regarding Liu Xiaobo Chairman Xi Jinping: We were shocked by the devastating news that in prison, Mr. Liu Xiaobo became...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, HRIC issues the group’s statement (below) regarding Liu Xiaobo. Statement by the Tiananmen Mothers Regarding Liu Xiaobo When Mr. Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he had expressed that he wanted to regift the award money to us. We thanked him for his...
HRIC is shocked by the information that imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo ( 刘晓波 ) is suffering from late-stage liver cancer, and outraged by the fact that it is only at this point that the Chinese authorities have released him on medical parole. We are greatly saddened by the heartbreaking...
Today we went to the entrance of the Supreme People’s Court. The bailiff was blocking the way of an elderly woman petitioner. But when he saw us, he let us through, and called on his mobile to inform the authorities inside: “They have arrived and are going in.” Wenzu and I exchanged a knowing smile...
Download a PDF copy of this joint letter here Brussels, May 22, 2017 Re: EU China Summit Dear President Tusk, President Juncker, and High Representative Mogherini, Our organizations have documented and advocated solutions to human rights violations in China for decades. We write ahead of the June 2...
The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, ten human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels...
(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-...
In a statement issued today, family members of Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , a prominent rights lawyer disappeared in November 2016 in Changsha and who was officially arrested on suspicion of “subversion of state power” on May 31, 2017, protest the authorities’ refusal to let lawyers retained by the...
FIDH-HRIC Statement Human Rights Council 35th Session Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Delivered by Sharon Hom, June 8, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President, This statement is delivered by FIDH together with its member organization Human Rights in China. We...
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...
Jiang Tianyong’s wife is shocked to hear her husbad’s statement dismissing his two defense lawyers, and does not believe that this is Jiang’s true wish. She presumes that Jiang Tianyong’s statement—signed on the day when his six-months of residential surveillance expired—was the product of torture...
On May 8, Xie Yang, a human rights lawyer detained during the 709 Crackdown and charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order,” was tried in a so-called open first instance trial at Changsha Intermediate People's Court. In court, Xie admitted to his alleged crimes,...
After the international community strongly condemned the alleged torture of attorney Xie Yang who was detained in the 709 Crackdown, the Chinese official media CCTV attempted a rebuttal. On March 2, 2017, CCTV reported that a thorough investigation had been conducted, which, drawing on various...
Activist Feng Zhenghu from Shanghai was denied departure from Pudong International Airport on October 5, 2015. The border police stated that his departure could potentially “harm national security,” allegedly in connection with the 709 Crackdown. In February of this year, when Feng was granted a...
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...
Activist Chen Qitang (also known as Tian Li), from Foshan, Guangdong Province, was convicted of “subversion of state power” on March 31, 2017 and sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. On the final date of the appeal period (April 10, 2017), his lawyer, Li Fangping, met him at the Nanhai...
On March 31, 2017, renowned Sichuan dissident and activist Chen Yunfei was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by Chengdu Wuhou District Court on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” As he listened to the judgment, Chen gestured the “peace” sign with both hands, and said he...
Not long ago, Guo Wengui ( 郭文贵 ) , a Chinese tycoon now living in exile overseas, dropped a bombshell allegation that directly targeted Wang Qishan ( 王岐山 ) , Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), who spearheads the Chinese government’s anti-corruption campaign. The...
On February 21, 2017, the mother of detained rights activist Huang Qi, retained two lawyers, Sui Muqing and Li Jinglin, to go to the state security unit of the Mianyang Municipal Public Security Bureau to request that the person handling Huang’s case provide information on his case, in accordance...

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