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In less than a week, from July 9 to date, Chinese authorities have disappeared, detained, or questioned at least 159 lawyers and activists throughout China. The lawyers, including Wang Yu ( 王宇 ) , Zhou Shifeng ( 周世鋒 ) , Li Heping ( 李和平 ) , and Sui Muqing ( 隋牧青 ) , are known for their rights defense...
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...
“At approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015, between 20 and 30 police officers surrounded the home of lawyer Wang Yu and took her away on account of ‘drug addiction.’ It is unclear which police station they were from. An officer at the Laiguangying police substation didn’t respond to an inquirer’s...
What is happening at the highest level of Chinese politics as the Party prepares for the most important leadership transition in a decade? HRIC senior policy advisor Gao Wenqian sheds some light on this usually opaque blackbox.
Rights defender Guo Feixiong (penname of Yang Maodong) files a complaint against the Tianhe Detention Center in Guangzhou, where he is detained, for subjecting detainees to daily strip searches. He requests that the court confirm the unlawfulness of the defendant’s behavior and order the defendant...
On June 10, 2015, lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan met with activists Chen Qitang (penname: Tian Li) and Su Changlan at the Nanhai Detention Center in Foshan City, Guangdong Province. This is the first time Chen Qitang has been allowed to meet with a lawyer since his initial arrest on November 25, 2014...
In this statement, Lawyer Wang Yu of the Beijing Feng Rui Law Firm rebuts the accusations made against her in a recent article by an anonymous author. Entitled “Female lawyer refuses to serve time after being convicted of hitting a person and causing hearing loss,” the article was published and...
Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong), rights defender accused of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and detained in Tianhe District Detention Center, Guangzhou, demands state compensation for the ill-treatment he received from bailiffs of the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District...
On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being...
Click here to download a PDF version of the open letter . To the EU and Chinese representatives to the 17 th EU-China Summit: Marking the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, the 17th Summit between the European Union and China that will take place on Monday 29 June in Brussels will...
Torture is a pervasive problem in China. To mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture , HRIC has translated the below case seeking compensation for the alleged torture of a man who died in police custody in China. The case is a concrete, individual example of the issues people...
See Chinese original . On June 18, 2004, I was in Xian when I heard about the poetry lecture courses that were being held by the Shanxi College of Literature, and Mr. Song Lin was invited to attend. Song Lin, who had lived in France, was my poetry mentor, and I hadn’t seen him in 14 years. I was...
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On June 18, 2015, three lawyers, Wang Quanzhang, Shi Fulong, and Chen Zhiyong, were discharging their duty as defense counsel at the Dongchangfu District Court, Liaocheng, Shandong Province. They were interrupted numerous times by the court. Wang Quanzhang was even expelled from the courtroom,...
In an open letter, Human Rights in China joins eight NGOs in urging Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew to clearly voice their concern, during the Strategic and Economic Dialogue next week, over human rights deterioration in China, and to stress that such...
Lawyer Li Fangping shares details of of his first meeting with Fujian activist Tu Fu (aka Wu Gan). He says he was moved by Tu’s optimism, humor, warmth, perseverance, calm, and sense of responsibility. The meeting lasted less than an hour. Tu Fu was detained on May 19, initially sentenced to...
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...
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 26th anniversary. Quoting Premier Li Keqiang’s March 2015 speech that Japan’s leaders today bear historical responsibility for Japan’s...
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...
At roughly 11:00 p.m. on May 17, 2015, while providing legal services in Nanning, Guangxi, Hunan lawyer Xie Yang was beaten by several unidentified, armed persons. He sustained multiple injuries and his lower leg was fractured. In response to the incident, on May 18 Beijing lawyer Zhang Lei issued...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original . . . Thank you to all the international friends for your support. Thank you to all of the many allies and like-minded people—those we know and don’t know. It was your concern and support, along with your vigorous appeals, that made even more...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original . . . Thank you to my four “accomplices.” Their singing voices, which penetrated through the high walls, along with their strong and committed expressions, helped me hold back the tears in those many moments when I felt like crying. Thank you...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original . . . Since the day I was released, I have been catching up on reading your articles and posts, and various media reports, and began weeping a lot. There’s a lot I want to say but have been too overwhelmed by emotions to get it out. I wept...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original . . . Looking back over the past 37, 38 days, even the most difficult days when I was forced to sleep on the floor and without medication, I knew I had to take care of myself, and be stronger. I hoped that upon my release, I would witness the...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Datu/Zheng Churan (with tears): “This Time, You’re Stronger and More Courageous than I Am” Wu Rongrong: “I Look Forward To Getting Together To Chat over Drinks” Wei Tingting: “To My Little Companions – Thank You Letter from Waiting” Wang Man’s Thank-you Letter...
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...
Six months into detention, Guangdong rights defender Su Changlan has still not been granted her right to meet with her lawyer. On April 27, 2015, Su’s husband, Chen Dequan, requested open government information about her health condition, which was rejected by the Nanhai District Court of Foshan...
Guo Yushan, founder of research group “Transition Institute” in Beijing, and administrative director of the same group, He Zhengjun, were detained respectively in October and November 2014. They were both arrested on January 3, 2015. Their cases were transferred to review and prosecution stage on...
After his indictment on April 23, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , who has been detained for organizing a June Fourth “public memorial service,” published a reflection from inside the detention center. In it, he expresses how honored he feels to be indicted for the concrete efforts he made in...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Chinese original To all of you, my dearest: Knowing how fearless and headstrong I usually am, perhaps you thought I spent my 38 days in detention as the “prisoner-in-charge” or the champion of women’s rights, right? Ha ha, this time, you can laugh at me for 50...
On Christmas Eve in 2014, the government of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (‘ XUAR ’) released this Notice on Strengthening the Management of Internet Information Security . The Notice requires Internet information service providers who serve users in the XUAR to give the government their...
HRIC strongly condemns the seven-year prison sentence for Gao Yu ( 高瑜) , the 71-year-old independent journalist convicted of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Gao is also subject to one year of post-release deprivation of political rights. The sentence was announced by the Beijing...
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...
An appeal by Ding Zilin (丁子霖) , a founding member of the Tiananmen Mothers, to the Chinese authorities to conclude the trial of Gao Yu (高瑜), the widely admired veteran journalist. Gao, 70, was tried in November 2014 for leaking an internal Communist Party document, and faces a life sentence. The...
Lu Xuancheng (路选成) is a resident of Tuole Village, Shiqiao Township, Pan County of Liupanshui City, Guizhou Province. In 2008, the local government demanded that he relocate the tombstone factory he operated in his unoccupied backyard. On August 20, 2009, Gu Yong (顾勇), Party Secretary of Shiqiao...
On Lunar New Year day (February 19, 2015), Zhang Guanghua of Weining County, Guizhou Province left for Beijing to petition. He has been missing since he was forcefully taken back to Weining by Weining “petition interceptors” on March 4. His daughter appeals for the attention of human rights...
Cheng Hai (程海), a lawyer currently disputing his one year suspension from legal practice, leads 38 lawyers in demanding an end to the annual assessment and certification process for lawyers. The statement argues that this certification practice, mandated by the Ministry of Justice, not only...
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...
Human Rights in China has received information that long-time petitioner Ma Yalian ( 马亚莲) , taken into custody in Beijing and brought back to Shanghai, began a hunger strike in an unofficial detention facility—a “black jail”—in a suburb of Shanghai to protest mistreatment by detention authorities...
In 1986, Tuo Le villager Lu Xuancheng set up a small stele carving plant in his backyard, located in Shiqiao Town, Pan County, Liupanshui city, Guizhou Province. Due to plans to develop the village as a “scenic area,” in 2008 and 2009, the county government and construction bureau requested that Lu...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On the afternoon of February 2, 2015, the Tiananmen Mothers in Beijing gathered for their annual Spring Festival reunion activities. They once again reserved four tables, but the number of attendees this year was clearly smaller than in prior years, to the...
Petitioner Wu Lijuan from Qianjiang City, Hubei Province, filed complaints against Xiao Tianshu, the Chief of Qianjiang City Public Security Bureau. The trial took place on 7 January 2015 at Hanjiang Intermediate People’s Court in Hubei Province. Wu Lijuan filed four points of opposition: the...
Before Occupy, I wouldn’t have known just how creative this city is. There wasn’t a true public space where people could create and share. But Occupy became that space: it connected people of different classes and professional backgrounds—to create in a way Hong Kong people had never been able to...
All photos in this issue, except the ones below and otherwise noted in the issue, are by HRIC. Building Community Section photo “Harcourt Village” Art courtesy of Maoshan Critical Reflections Section photo Art courtesy of A htsui (阿徐) Critical Reflections Is There Academic Freedom in Macau? Photo...
Editor’s note: This article was completed on December 7, 2014, four days before the Hong Kong police carried out the final clearing of the main protest in Admiralty. What’s next for the Umbrella Revolution? Therein lies the strength of a post-modern political movement: Success is no longer defined...
An Independent Path (Part 1) [English translation by Human Rights in China] “Shun! Guess where I am now?” These were the first words that burst out of my mom after her “long distance” phone call finally got through. I could hear the great excitement in her voice, but I didn’t realize she was...
Zhang Guanghua, 64, never imagined that when he stopped by a neighbor’s home in an attempt to resolve a conflict that the visit—barely two minutes long—would result in “child molestation” charges and a three-year prison term. Following his release, his efforts in appealing his case and petitioning...
Shenzhen lawyers Fan Biaowen, Wang Shengsheng, and others have been dismissed from their respective law firms for “breach of contract,” because they showed concern for and participated in public interest cases. The district Bureaus of Justice, under the jurisdiction of the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau...
In April 2011, the Yinhai District People's Court in Behai, Guangxi Province, sentenced activist Gao Shifu to two years in prison for “illegal business activity.” Later, the Beihai Municipal Intermediate People’s Court upheld the first-instance verdict. Upon his release from prison, Gao appealed...
This HRIC playlist includes two songs written and performed by Hong Kongers, as well as a video produced by a Hong Konger with “Blowin’in the Wind” performed by Peter, Paul ,and Mary as the soundtrack. “Who Has Yet to Speak Up?” 《问谁未发声》 The song, written to the tune of “Do You Hear the People Sing...
September 24, 2014 [Translation by Human Rights in China] Editor’s note: Martin Lee, one of the founders of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party and a member of the drafting committee of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, gave this speech during the week of class boycott, September 22-26, 2014, by Hong Kong’s...
Steadfast in the Storm: Hong Kong Towards 2017 and Beyond Two thousand and fourteen has been a momentous year in two respects. It marked the 25th anniversary of the June Fourth government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, a year in which the persistence of the Tiananmen Mothers and others...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] During the spectacular Occupy Wall Street movement, there was never any talk of it being manipulated by “foreign forces.” When the even more powerful Sunflower Movement in Taiwan took place—during which radical students not only occupied the Legislative Yuan,...
Shanghai rights defender, Li Yufang (李玉芳), was released from prison on December 18, 2014 after completing a one-year sentence for “obstructing official business.”
From The American Lawyers, “ The Global Lawyer: A Salute to Hong Kong's Occupy Central ”: Sharon Hom of Human Rights in China says the political maturity of Hong Kong's bar serves as a beacon to lawyers in mainland China, who are engaged in their own incipient struggle for human rights. (See The...
Today, Hong Kong police cleared out the Admiralty site of a 74-day peaceful mass civil disobedience movement pressing for genuine universal suffrage. But instead of the closing of a troubling political chapter, hoped for by both the local and central governments, the Umbrella Movement in fact was “...
To Welcome Glorious Times To welcome glorious times Hold tight to freedom in the wind and rain After the unsettling struggle We can change the future Freedom Key Yellow Ribbon/Umbrella/Lion Rock Hong Kong Loves Shopping
Excerpted from the Chinese original [Translation by Human Rights in China] “Democracy” may be more than just one-person, one-vote to elect the top leaders. What is more important is equality and mutual respect. That is, treat everyone—and their opinions—equally and with respect. Every one of us has...
The nearly 18-hour trial of rights activists Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) , also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东), and Sun Desheng ( 孙德胜 ) ended without verdicts for the defendants. The activists were tried in the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court ( 广州市天河区法院 ) for “gathering crowds to disrupt...
As Hong Kong protesters stand up to recent heavy handed police tactics in clearing sections of the Mong Kok Occupy site, Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot, Iron & Wine, and others have sent photos and messages of support which are being projected on the Lennon Wall in the Admiralty District of downtown...
Abridged from the Chinese original [Translation by Human Rights in China] This court is one with special depth. In this court, I will offer my own narrative of the facts regarding my street protests and the political opportunities I availed myself of in support of Southern Weekly , my original...
Demonstrators shine lights from their mobile devices as they hold them aloft during a ongoing protest outside the central government office in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests swelled for a sixth day as student leaders renewed an ultimatum for Leung...
Maoshan: Harcourt Village (Click to enlarge) Editor’s note : This multi-panel drawing provides a panoramic view of life during the Umbrella Movement on Harcourt Road, the center of the occupied area in Admiralty in Hong Kong’s Central District. The drawing takes the form of the celebrated scroll...
Today, it seems it has been months since the protests began, although it has only been 56 days. Hong Kong has changed for the better. I have always imagined the Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989 and what it would have felt like to have been a student there. I was eight years old during that...
[English Translation by HRIC] Dear Kitty Ho of September 28, If I told you how I’ve spent this past month and what I’ve heard, you would tell me I am a liar. . . . Ever since you were little, you’ve been scared of crowds and death. That was why you didn’t try to get into Admiralty in Central, but...
In a report on the situation of women’s rights in China, a United Nations expert committee advances dozens of recommendations aimed at addressing their concerns, which, if adopted, would strengthen China’s civil society, including: availability and transparency of data on policies and practices...
Today in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women posed hard-hitting questions on the progress of women’s rights in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. In a comprehensive exchange with the Chinese delegation, the independent experts on the Committee raised a...
HRIC has learned that, Chen Shuqing (陈树庆) , a core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, has been formally arrested. The official charge cannot be confirmed at this point, but Chen has been in criminal detention for more than a month on charges of “subversion of state power.”...
On October 20, the Bengbu Intermediate People's Court, Anhui Province, upheld the first instance trial verdict for activist , Zhang Lin ( 张林) . Zhang was found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” by the Bengshan District People’s Court, Bengbu, on September 5 and was...
On May 26, 2014, lawyer Liu Shihui was released from the Shanghai Pudong Zhangjiang detention center after a 10-day administrative detention, which started as a criminal detention on May 13. Following these events, Liu filed a lawsuit against the Pudong Branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau...
On August 21, Feng Zhenghu made his first visit to the reception office of the 2nd Central Inspection Team in Shanghai. While there, he asked the Central Inspection Team to investigate and handle seven key problems, including the difficulty of filing cases with the Shanghai court, citizens not...
In 1989, millions of democracy and labor activists and other citizens throughout China demanded reforms. The leaders responded with tanks and violence and then attempted to silence demands for political reform with the benefits of economic liberalization. What the Chinese people got are...
Less than a month following the August 13 arrest of Lü Gengsong ( 吕耿松 ) on “subversion of state power,” another core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, Chen Shuqing ( 陈树庆) , was detained on the same charge. Chen’s wife, Zhang Donghong ( 张东红) , told HRIC that at 3:30 p.m. on...
The indictment charges Guo and Sun with “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places,” in connection with Guo’s alleged role in organizing street actions in January 2013 outside the gate of the Guangzhou-based publication Southern Weekly to support its staff’s protest against editorial...
On August 22, 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai received a notice from the Changping District Bureau of Justice in Beijing informing him that the Bureau planned to administratively suspend his license to practice for one year. The reason given for the suspension was that Cheng had “disrupted court order...
Today, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court opened the trial of rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂 东) , and Sun Desheng ( 孙德胜) , but did not proceed as lawyers for the defendants did not appear in court in protest of what they alleged were...

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