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Following her arrest on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” Foshan rights defender Su Changlan has been detained in the Foshan City’s Nanhai Detention Center for over 20 months; her case has yet to come to trial. Her lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, explains in this update (see below) that the...
The ongoing “709 Crackdown,” which began in July of 2015, has primarily targeted rights defense lawyers. Continuing this trend, Hunan rights lawyer Yang Jinzhu, known by some as “Yang Quixote,” is now being oppressed by the local judiciary department. Aware of the possibility of his imminent...
Dear General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Security Council Xi Jinping, Greetings! As the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China is being convened, we are writing this letter in full respect, in hopes of...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad9I-RoJAbA (Speech at 59:20-1:07:08) http://www.martinennalsaward.org/ Unofficial Transcription by Human Rights in China Madame Calmy-Rey, university rector, Foundation Chair, excellencies, colleagues and friends, I’m honored by this invitation to speak, which has...
NOTE: The following is an English translation of an essay originally presented at “The Legacy of Mao Zedong and Contemporary China” conference held in June 2016 at the University of California at Riverside. [Translation by Human Rights in China] Mao Zedong was the predestined misfortune of the...
“Lawyer Xia Lin: Such Is Our Country, and All We Can Do Now Is Fill Up Our Glasses” Guo Yushan, September 20, 2016 [HRIC Note: On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin ( 夏霖) , a well-known criminal defense lawyer of the Beijing Huayi Law Firm was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and three years’...
Rights defender Liu Jiacai, currently serving his sentence in Hanjin Prison in Hubei Province, is frequently subjected to physical punishment and is taking psychotropic drugs to ease his mental pressure, according to fellow activist Li Wei. At the request of Liu’s wife, Li has constructed an...
“Either/or ways of framing policy choices limit our strategic imagination. . . . We need to move away from traditional binary computing thinking and into the quantum space where both particle and wave can exist simultaneously and the possibilities are infinite.” —Sharon Hom, HRIC Executive Director
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a statement today in Beijing saying that while China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years have been “extraordinary,” that progress has been accompanied by “very high levels of inequality...
On June 17, 2016, the Wuhan Municipal Procuratorate indicted Wuhan activist Qin Yongmin of “subversion of state power.” Qin had previously been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same crime. Prior to the indictment, Qin was formally arrested on May 12 after having been disappeared for one year...
In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng...
On May 9, 2016, imprisoned and ailing rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) began a hunger strike to protest degrading treatment in prison that included the video recording of a forced physical exam, which prison authorities threatened to post online. Guo’s...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Feixiong will soon be transferred to a prison again. His sister, after visiting him, conveyed his wishes: “I demand that in prison, [I] will have books to read, won’t have to kneel down, won’t be forced to perform labor, and won’t be beaten.” He also said...
Gou Hongguo ( 勾洪国 ) ​ Rights Activist Gou (a.k.a Ge Ping (戈平)) was born in Tianjin in November 1961. He is a former military officer and a businessman. In recent years, he actively participated in rights defense activities and focused in particular on vulnerable groups. Gou was taken away from his...
This week, Chinese authorities put on trial and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists on charges of “subversion of state power”: Zhai Yanmin ( 翟岩民) , a law firm employee; Hu Shigen ( 胡石根) , a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng (周世锋 ) , a lawyer and law firm director;...
The honorable Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court: Over the past few days, I’ve seen news about the trials of the “709” cases, and was really shocked. In the verdicts released on three consecutive days, I saw a name I had not seen for a long time, that of Li Heping, my husband. I’m filled...
In late March 2016, Zhang Leilei, administrator of the Sina Weibo feminist account, “Feminist Activist Pie is More Delicious” (女权行动派更好吃) found that the account had been shut down for “publishing harmful messages and engaging in other rule-violating behavior.” [The Chinese character for “faction”...
In this statements, eight family members of lawyers detained in the “709” crackdown express strong concern about Wang Yu being threatened and pressured into doing a video “interview ” in which she criticized her former colleague, Zhou Shifeng, as not being a “proper” lawyer. The statement also...
Dear Mr. Xi Jinping: Hello! I am an old woman from Beijing, more than 80 years old. My name is Wang Xiuying. On the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party China (CPC), I would like to discuss the issue of the CPC’s legitimacy. As everyone knows, the CPC was established under the...
You Minglei is the husband of Zhao Wei. The content of this message is from Weiquan Wang. Statement from You Minglei: I received news tonight that Mr. Ren Quanniu, the lawyer I appointed to represent Zhao Wei, was criminally detained on July 8 by public security authorities in Zhengzhou for “...
HRIC has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the multi-stakeholder group founded in 2008 to advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. As a founding member and former board member of the GNI, HRIC has actively contributed...
Download a PDF copy of this joint letter here To Mr. Donald Tusk President of the European Council Brussels, 6 July 2016 Dear President Tusk, Ahead of the 18th EU-China Summit in Beijing on 12 and 13 July 2016, FIDH, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), Human Rights in China (HRIC) and...
Today, outside the entrance of the No. 2 branch of the Tianjin People’s Procuratorate, the wives of a number of lawyers who were arrested and disappeared in the “709 crackdown” nearly a year ago, used a “bucket show” to protest the authorities’ trampling on the law and express support for their...
At the end of May 2016, seven rights defenders held a commemoration of June Fourth victims and to show support for Guo Feixiong and Yu Shiwen at citizen activist Zhang Baocheng’s home in Beijing. As a result, six of them, Zhao Changqing, Xu Caihong, Ma Xinli, Li Wei, Liang Taiping, and Zhang...
Eighty-two lawyers from 18 provinces and municipalities jointly issued a public complaint about the detention of the wives of four individuals who have been in custody since the “709” crackdown on rights defense lawyers of July 2015, along with four lawyers who took a group photo with the wives...
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:...
Wang Quanxiu, elder sister of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, explains in the below account that Wang has been imprisoned for a full 11 months, on suspicion of “subversion of state power,” and that their mother spent her 70th birthday silently suffering and extremely worried about her son. Today, Wang...
On June 16, 2016, Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Causeway Bay booksellers who went missing last fall and later turned up in mainland custody, spoke out publicly and exposed his traumatic eight-month detention by a “Central Special Unit” (中央专案组). During this time, Lam said he was interrogated nearly...
In an account titled “Will Guo Feixiong Live Long Enough to Walk out of Prison?” (see HRIC translation and original Chinese account below), Guo’s sister, Yang Maoping ( 杨茂平 ) said that instead of letting her meet with Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) to deliver an appeal...
HRIC has learned from an informed source that prison authorities are deliberately obstructing a visit by the elder sister of imprisoned rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong , ( 杨茂东 ) ), who tried to deliver a letter from Guo’s wife, Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , urging Guo to stop...
杨茂东,你好! 见字如面! 我对你的情况有大致的了解。我非常理解在这种极端的处境下你的绝食抗争,同时我也非常担心你的身体,担心你的生命安危,因此我和孩子们出外为你做了一些呼吁,见了不同的人。 有很多老师们、朋友们让我转达他们对你的问候,大家都很关心你的身体状况,对你的绝食抗议表达理解。你的要求也很合理,因为发生在你身上的人权问题,其根源还是政治制度问题。在这种制度下,政治犯的待遇最差。改善关押的所有的政治犯的待遇,这一点当局是能够做得到的事。这已经是很低的要求。 如果当局对的处境有改善,你认为最基本的必须的关押条件有改善,请你综合各种情况,考虑停止绝食,以后再根据实际情况再作其他讨论。...
How Long Do The Children Still Have to Wait? Citizen Proposal Concerning the Investigation into the Sichuan Earthquake School Disaster Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China; Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council; Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National...
The morning before the January 8 trial of Shu Xiangxin, a Jinan rights defense lawyer charged with "libel," his lawyers Cai Ying and Li Fangping visited him at the Jinan No.2 detention center. They observed Shu’s deteriorating health conditions following savage beatings that Shu reported suffering...
More than 80 Shanghai petitioners filed a joint application for Administrative Reconsideration with the State Council Legislative Affairs Office, requesting the following: Confirmation, in accordance with the law, that Article 35 of the Petition Regulations of the State Council , other regulations...
Hu Shigen, a Beijing activist and house church leader, went missing on July 10, 2015 just prior to attending a church gathering. His family members received an arrest notice in mid-January, 2016, half a year later, notifying them that Hu had been criminally arrested on January 8, 2016 on suspicion...
On March 2, 2016, police restricted Shanghai rights defender Feng Zhenghu’s personal liberty by means of a criminal summons, thus preventing him from going to the Shanghai Office for Letters and Calls. This is the 38th time that Feng has received a criminal summons on suspicion of “refusal to carry...
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...
Shenyang lawyer Li Yuhan, who practices in Beijing, published an update on March 15, 2016 in which she describes the events that unfolded when she went to the Tianjin Municipal Detention Center to request a meeting with Wang Yu on March 1. On that day, the detention center told her that Wang had...
He Xiaobo, Director of the Nanfeiyan Social Work Service Center—Guangdong, Foshan’s first non-profit organization providing assistance to workers—was criminally detained on December 4, 2015, by Foshan Municipal Public Security Bureau on suspicion of “misuse of one’s official position’” (职务侵占)...
In this letter, “Look Back and Forward,” activist Su Changlan, who is being detained in Nanhai District Detention Center in Foshan City, Guangdong, explains the reason for her detention and thanks her lawyers and people outside for their support. With her trial approaching, she expresses that she...
Defense lawyers and family members of the lawyers and civil society members taken into custody, unlawfully they maintain, during the “709 Incident,” sent the following joint letter of complaint to the highest levels of relevant departments and Chinese leaders. They accuse the public security...
The Honorable John F. Kerry U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW Washington, DC 20520 Via Fax: 2026472283; 2026477350 The Honorable Jacob J. Lew U.S. Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20220 Via Fax: 2026220073; 2022620417 Dear Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew, As...
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...
For nearly three decades the Chinese government authorities have continued to attempt to suppress the historical truth of June Fourth. They have ignored the appeals for truth, accountability, and compensation for the killings of unarmed citizens and jailed those who wish to commemorate the victims...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China issues the following essay by the group in remembrance of their loved ones who were killed in June Fourth 1989. On the 27th Anniversary of the June Fourth Massacre The Tiananmen Mothers June 1, 2016 [Translation by Human Rights in China...
Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong, ( 杨茂东 ) ) reveals that Guo, already in failing health, is now on day 11 of a hunger strike. Guo began the hunger strike on May 9 to protest the degrading physical exam performed on him by prison...
Wang Lihong, Beijing activist and participant in the “Save Guo Feixiong” Hunger Strike relay says in her "Hunger Strike Statement": Today I fasted for 24 hours, in a personal action that is insignificant, powerless, and even helpless . . . . [But] if we all use these seemingly insignificant acts to...
In a message to HRIC, Ai Wu, one of the participants of the hunger strike relay that begun on May 4 to support Guo Feixiong, reports that the strike has had the support of 161 person-times as of today, May 16. Today’s participants include lawyer Tang Jingling, currently serving a five-year prison...
《中國人權雙周刊》網頁目前無法正常訪問,正在修復中,敬請諒解,謝謝! 双周刊更多
After the families of Zhang Kai and Liu Peng received notices stating that the two had dismissed their defense lawyers, the lawyers, Zhang Lei and Li Boguang, requested that the Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau arrange meetings with their clients, in order to confirm the dismissal in person...
After Yang Maoping (杨茂平), sister of Guo Feixiong, learned of his deteriorating physical condition during a visit with him in prison, she sent an open letter to Li Jingyan, head of the Guangdong Provincial Prison Management Bureau. In the letter, she requests that Guo be transferred to a major...
On November 11, 2015, Wang Fang, currently detained in Wuhan No. 1 Detention Center, met with her lawyer, Liu Zhengqing. Liu explains in his account that during his meeting with Wang, she expressed thanks for the concern shown by friends outside and that she also gave him a hand-written letter of...
Liu Xiaoyuan, lawyer for Foshan, Guangdong rights defender Su Changlan, posted online an update about his client who was first detained in November 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” after publishing an article online in support of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement, and later...
To show solidarity with Guo Feixiong, Yu Shiwen, the individuals arrested in the 709 Incident, and others persecuted simply for their righteousness, Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong fasted in a hunger strike on May 9, for the full day. In his "Hunger Strike Statement" he says that he...
Ai Wu, one of the volunteers in the hunger strike campaign, reports that more than 1,000 people have signed a petition for Guo Feixiong’s release so that he may receive proper medical treatment. (To sign, email ziyoufeixiong@gmail.com . See details .) Ai reports that lawyer Sui Muqing, a volunteer...
Lawyer Cai Ying reports that his client, rights defense lawyer Shu Xiangxin, in custody in the Jinan No.2 Detention Center for “libel,” was violently beaten and also suffered from other forms of maltreatment including being handcuffed and deprived of food, water, and access to toilet...
On May 1, 2016, Lawyer Ma Lianshun visited his client, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , in Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center and learned that on April 27, Yu had begun a hunger strike to protest 1) his prolonged pretrial detention— two years since he was first detained in May 2014 —with no sign of being...
A group of well-known activists in China have initiated a 24-hour relay hunger strike campaign, beginning on May 4, to urge the Chinese authorities to take immediate action to provide Guo Feixiong with immediate medical treatment. The initial seven hunger strikers include Tan Zuoren, the...
Dear Lawyer Wang Yu: Hello! After July 9, 2015, when we saw that famous video of you on the Internet, our first feeling was: how were you able to point at the bailiff and reprimand him in court? We were really hoping the video would cut to where you were pointing, so that we could see exactly what...
The Chinese legislature passed today a law, introduced in draft in April 2015, which had elicited widespread concerns among diverse sectors of the international community about its potential to undermine the role and contributions that foreign organizations make toward China’s growing civil society...
The following is an open letter by Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights advocate Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ) ), urging the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an investigation into Guo’s condition in Yangchun Prison in Guangdong Province. On April 26, Guo’s...
Black-hooding, tight handcuffing and leg shackling, no exposure to fresh air (~2014–November 2015) BACKGROUND Guo Feixiong , 49, is a well-known writer, self-taught legal defender, and outspoken advocate for asset transparency. In January 2013, Guo protested in front of the Southern Weekend...
Yang Maoping ( 杨茂 平) , sister of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) ), circulated online the below account about Guo’s ill health after she visited him in Yangchun Prison, Guangdong (广东阳春监狱) this morning. Yang said that she repeated a request she first...
Zhang Lei, defense lawyer for Zhang Kai, filed the below complaint with the People's Procuratorate of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, against Huang Baokun, Chief of Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and related officers handling Zhang Kai’s case. In the complaint Zhang alleges that Huang...
Labor activist Liu Shaoming ( 刘少明 ) was tried today at a court in Guangzhou for “inciting subversion of state power,” in a case that is almost entirely based on Liu’s writings published online. The trial ended without a verdict. Liu, a former worker who supported the 1989 Democracy Movement and has...
我的法庭陈述 各位、法官、检察官、律师及亲友们:大家好! 广州市检察院、穗检公——刑诉(2016)5号起诉书检控我以“造谣、诽谤”等方式煽动颠覆国家政权、推翻社会主义制度,其行为触犯了《中华人民共和国刑法》第一百零五条第二款,以煽动颠覆国家政权罪追究我刑事责任,我现在作出自辩。 是公民的良知和责任,使今天我又一次站在法庭的被告席上。廿七年前的北京春夏之交,我参与和见证了那场史无前例的反腐败、争民主、争自由、史称“六四事件”的学生运动,目睹了手无寸铁年轻的学生惨死的一幕。廿七年过去了,惨景挥之不去,至今仍痛彻我心扉,总有一种不可抑制的冲动和责任,促使我为冤死的学生英魂去奔走呐喊。为此,我写下了...
On April 8, 2016, the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, in separate verdicts, convicted activists Xiewen Fei and Wang Mo of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them each to four and a half years’ imprisonment, with three years’ deprivation of political rights. In court, both...
Yu Shaolei, former Southern Metropolis Daily editor, explains in a weibo post the reason for his resignation: he can’t take the Party’s surname, and his knees can’t take it anymore. Yu Shaolei’s weibo post: [Translation by Human Rights in China] This spring, let’s just break it off, clean. I’m old...
In a statement to the Human Rights Council today, the Chinese Ambassador to the U.N., Fu Cong, accuses “certain Western countries” of pursuing a policy of “new interventionism . . . under the banner of human rights and humanitarianism.” He also warns the Council itself from being used as a tool to...
In 2009, democracy activist Xie Changfa (谢长发) was convicted of “subversion of state power” and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment and five years of deprivation of political rights, in connection with his activities in the China Democracy Party (CDP). Xie told his brother Xie Changzhen who visited...
Sichuan rights defender Chen Yunfei was detained on March 23, 2015, for paying respects at the graves of Xiao Jie and Wu Guofeng, two June Fourth victims. He was officially arrested on April 30 that year on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
On February 19, 2016, the Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court convicted Xinjiang rights defender Zhang Haitao of “inciting subversion of state power” and “spying for foreign entities and unlawful providing intelligence” and sentenced him to 19 years in prison and five years of deprivation of...
Activist Jiang Lijun (姜立军 or 姜力钧 ) from Tieling City, Liaoning Province, was sentenced to three years for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” by the Dadong District Court of Shenyang Municipal People's Court on January 15, 2016. Jiang was accused of writing and posting online articles that “...
On January 29, 2016, lawyer Tang Jingling , an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience, was convicted of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced to five years in prison. Tang was first detained in May 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” during the pre-June...

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