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In a hearing on January 29, 2016, the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People's Court convicted activists Tang Jingling, Yuan Chaoyang, and Wang Qingying of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced them to five years, three and a half years, and two and a half years, respectively. Tang...
  • Yu Shiwen and wife Chen Wei
Yu Shiwen ( 于世文 ) , an activist in the 1989 Democracy Movement, has been held without trial for more than 20 months in a detention center in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Yu was first detained in May 2014 for organizing a 25th anniversary public memorial service to commemorate those killed during the...
Dear Presidential election candidates: Greetings! After fierce election campaigns, now you are waiting quietly for the final judgment by the voters. Long before this moment, I started to watch this political race closely on this side of the Taiwan Strait, from the Guangzhou Number One Detention...
On January 4, four lawyers and families of Li Heping, Wang Yu, Bao Longjun, and Xie Yuandong—suspected of “inciting subversion of state power” in the “709 case”—went together to Hexi District Procuratorate in Tianjin to submit a “Legal Supervision Application,” and to Hexi Public Security Bureau in...
August 29, 2015 – New Haven, CT It is difficult to think of a more emotionally charged issue to address than Hong Kong’s relationship to China and the rise of Localism, a movement that opposes mainland Chinese influence in Hong Kong. It is particularly difficult to find a good place to begin...
In this short video, Xu Lin, a writer, poet, songwriter, and structural engineer, describes being taken in for questioning on December 17. He says that the Guangzhou police intercepted him when he was taking his kid to school that morning, and accused him of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
Still detained as of December 15, 2015 1. Chen Qilin 2. Qu Hongxia (aka Hutu (Silly) or Maliya (Maria)) (from Shanxi, residing in Beijing) 3. Bao Naigang 4. Wang Su’e (Liaoning) 5. Zhang Zhan (Shijiazhuang, Hebei) 6. Hou Minling (Wenchuan, Sichuan) 7. Sheng Lanfu 8. Chen Wenchang 9. Song Wei (...
  • Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang protesting outside court during his trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Placards: "Pu Zhiqiang not guilty.”
Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang protesting outside court during his trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Placards: "Pu Zhiqiang not guilty.” Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang being pushed away from court by unidentified men during Pu’s trial on Monday, December 14, 2015. Supporters of Pu Zhiqiang being pushed...
If it was said that previously I did my utmost to avoid the circle of human rights lawyers, it would be because of lawyer Li Heping. I really couldn’t stand the police watching the front door of my own home every day; I couldn’t stand my husband being thrown into various police substations when he...
In a lengthy document released today that concludes its review of China’s compliance with the Convention against Torture , a UN expert committee says it “remains seriously concerned over consistent reports indicating that the practice of torture and ill-treatment is still deeply entrenched in the...
I met the beautiful and poised Wang Yu and the simple and honest Bao Longjun in June 2013. I hired lawyers Wang and Bao after receiving a call from Suzhou Huqiu People’s Court concerning the suit against Suzhou Jianxin Construction Group’s project manager, Ding Jianxin, who had destroyed Ge Jueping...
Rights defense activist Guo Feixiong was sentenced on November 27, 2015 to six years’ imprisonment for “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” and “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Among the arguments that Guo makes in his appeal is that the trial court, the Tianhe District...
In an appeal to the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ), who was sentenced last week to six years of imprisonment for “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” and “picking quarrels and provoking...
In an outrageous ruling, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court added one more charge for rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) , and convicted him of both “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places” — for which he was tried—and “picking...
Two days after a closed-door hearing on the appeal by 71-year-old veteran journalist Gao Yu ( 高瑜 ) , the Beijing High People’s Court ruled today to reduce her sentence by two years. In a separate decision, the Beijing Municipal No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court, the court of first instance,...
In his complaint to the Daxing District People’s Court, Beijing, Lawyer Yu Wensheng recounts his torture by two police officers during his 99-day detention. One of his torturers said to him: “I won’t let you die, but I will make you feel you’d rather be dead.” Yu was taken into custody on October...
Democracy activist Dong Guangping, from Zhengzhou, Henan province, could not bear the threats and harassment by Chinese police against him and his family, so he took his wife and daughter into exile in Thailand and obtained United Nations refugee protection status. However, on October 28, he was...
Lawyer Zheng Xiang met with detained Jilin petitioner Guo Hongwei and learned that the supervising officers unlawfully used restraints such as leg irons and handcuffs, and instigated and condoned other detainees to maltreat him. The lawyer stated that he will file a complaint to investigate such...
Dr. Liu Sixin and Madam Zhao Wei were two of the individuals detained in the massive “709 crackdown” on lawyers and defenders that began in China on July 9 of this year. On September 17, Wang Lei and Ren Quanniu, the defense lawyers for Liu and Zhao, went to the pre-trial division of Hexi branch of...
On October 27, lawyer Zheng Xiang once again went to Tianjin’s Hexi Detention Center and finally learned that Hu Shigen’s case is being handled by the Hexi branch of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau. Hu was criminally detained on July 11, and was put under “residential surveillance in a...
On July 10, 2015, Beijing dissident and Christian Hu Shigen, along with Liu Yongping and Ge Ping, disappeared as they prepared to participate in a church gathering. Nearly 100 days after the family retained a lawyer to report the case to the security authorities, the only answer given by the police...
Wang Mo stood trial on November 19, 2015, for supporting the 2014 Umbrella Movement. He was accused of "inciting subversion of state power."
In the second and concluding session of China’s UN review for its compliance with the Convention Against Torture , the Chinese delegation resorted to a familiar formula in responding to the detailed questions raised by the Committee against Torture experts: long lists of partial and out-of-context...
In Geneva today, 40 representatives of the Chinese government faced three hours of hard-hitting questions from UN independent experts regarding China’s implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment . Today’s session began China’s...
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 and 18, in Geneva, the UN Committee Against Torture will review China on its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), which it ratified in 1988. This review is taking place in a year...
Lawyers who have been prevented from leaving China issued a statement to the Beijing Public Security Bureau asking for “prompt correction” of the decision to stop them from overseas travel. Signatories: Cai Ying (蔡瑛) Chen Jiangang (陈建刚) Ge Wenxiu (葛文秀) Ge Yongxi (葛永喜) Huang Simin (黄思敏) Li Guobei (...
Lin Qilei was told by police at the Beijing Airport that the Beijing Public Security Bureau believes Lin "exiting Chinese territory would endanger state security."
In the Four Months Since My Uncle Went Missing Winter has arrived, it’s much colder now. November 10: it will have been four months since my uncle was forcibly disappeared. During this time, his lawyer went to Tianjin three times to apply to meet him but the public security departments twice made...
He Fengzhu from Wuxi, six months pregnant, set off firecrackers at Tiananmen Square. She was later taken away by authorities from the Binhu District branch of the Wuxi Municipal Public Security Bureau, and finally released on bail. In the account below, which consists of information she provided...
In advance of the upcoming UN Committee Against Torture’s review of China, Chinese authorities recently submitted their responses to the list of issues raised by the Committee in June 2015. Scheduled to take place on November 17 and 18 in Geneva, this will be the Committee’s fifth review of China...
Liu Xiaoyuan (刘晓原) , a lawyer with the Fengrui Law Firm—which is a chief target of the large-scale government crackdown on rights defense lawyers since July of this year—discloses that public security authorities have refused to process his son’s application for a passport to go abroad for graduate...
China, what have we done actually? I don’t know lawyer Wang Yu’s son Bao Zhuoxuan personally, but my son has met him once. They went swimming together. When I heard from a lawyer friend on October 8 that Zhouxuan was taken away by police in Myanmar, I couldn't believe it. I tried to comfort this...
In this narrative, Ding, a resident of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, recounts the forced demolition and relocation of her family in 2009, and the unlawful detention and torment that her entire family suffered as a result of defending its rights over the past six and half years.
In this statement, author Jia Pin appeals for public awareness of the plight of activists Yuan Xiaohua, Huang Wenxun, Yuan Fengchu, and Chen Jianxiong. The four have been illegally detained for two years and four months, and abused in detention.
[Translation by Human Rights in China] [Disseminated via WeChat] On September 1, 2015, lawyer Ge Yongxi went to Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center to meet with Tang Jingling, and read the Bible for him. Tang had long wanted a Bible to read, but has been denied by the detention authorities to have one...
Petitioners going to Beijing to rent houses are strictly controlled—indicating that victims are treated no better than criminals. In the name of "stability maintenance,” Beijing police have, over the years, strictly controlled petitioners coming into the city, prohibiting hotels and residences from...
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...
This case update—originally circulated on WeChat—explains that Chen Yongfu, lawyer to Bao Longjun, who has been accused of inciting subversion of state power, received a call on August 31 from someone claiming to be from the Tianjin Public Security Bureau. The individual on the phone sought...
In January of this year, Qin Yongmin and his wife Zhao Suli lost contact with the outside world. In a summons to human rights activist Shi Yulin to report for questioning on August 28, 2015, the Wuhan City Public Security Bureau states that Qin Yongmin has been detained by authorities on suspicion...
People come from across the country to petition at the Bureau for Letters and Calls. They often must brave the biting cold or scorching sun, and line up in an alley for hours or even days at a time, only to be blocked or rudely and unreasonably refused when they reach the registration window. Now,...
In two separate proceedings today in a Hangzhou court that lasted about two-and-a-half-hours each, longtime democracy activists Chen Shuqing ( 陈树庆) and Lü Gengsong ( 吕耿松) , members of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, were tried for “subversion of state power.” Both have been...
A stranger called me yesterday and asked how my Mid-Autumn Festival was. She repeatedly said that she once received help from lawyer Li Heping, and asked what she could do for us. At last she said, although Li Heping wasn't home, she still wanted to wish us a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. I was very...
Wang Fang recounts her detention following a July 25 gathering during which she and other rights defenders showed support for the arrested activist Tufu by wearing T-shirts with images of him.
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015. Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply...
Bao Longjun, husband of human rights lawyer Wang Yu, was taken away by Tianjin police from the airport on July 9, where he was sending off his son to study abroad in Australia. And he has not been heard from since. This is a description of lawyers Chen Yongfu and Huang Hanzhong’s attempt to meet...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] See Chinese original . Shocked by news that Xinqiao law firm lawyer Zhang Kai and assistant Liu Peng were taken away in the wee hours of the morning on August 25, 2015 in Wenzhou City, I, as the head of Zhang Kai’s law firm, issue the following statement:...
Forty-four days after Bao Longjun dropped out of contact while at the Beijing airport, his lawyers, after several inquiries, finally obtained the following information at the pre-trial division at the Hexi District Public Security Bureau in Tianjin: Bao has been put under residential surveillance “...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] See Chinese original . The concept of China's state security has achieved unprecedented political heights with the National Security Law recently passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the suite of laws that have already been...
In these notes, lawyer Li Zhongwei recounts his efforts to meet with his client Lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was disappeared on July 10. On August 10, Li went with Wang’s wife to the Hexi District Detention Center for the third time to look for him. After repeated requests, they were finally told...
“Alone a stranger in a strange land, I miss my family especially ever more at times of festivity.” In Chinese tradition, the Mid-Autumn Festival is second only to Spring Festival as the most important time for joyous gatherings of the whole family. Every Chinese is bound to feel the blessings of...
Liu Yuangdong was among the first activists of the Southern Street Movement to be detained. He was tried in January 2014 in the Tianhe District People's Court, Guangzhou, Guandong, and the court has not yet issued a ruling and he remains in detention. Liu Yuandong said to his lawyer, Liu Zhengqing...
On July 23, 2014, China News Service in New York reported that the data released that day by the world famous risk assessment company, Maplecroft, showed that the number of civilian deaths worldwide attributed to acts of terrorism was rising steeply. Over the preceding year, more than 1.8 million...
The day is near My heart fills with fear Life is bland, without sound Even wails, have all been shut out Thick walls, no ears listening The day is near I do not know how to commemorate Whom I should hate, whom I should cry for, and whose spirits I should beckon Countless hands in history struggle...
Overseen by Deng Xiaoping in 1981, the official line of the Communist Party of China remains: Mao’s greatest error was the Cultural Revolution, from 1966-1976. [1] Awful though that decade was, far, far worse was the great famine of 1958-1961—if not longer—in which anywhere from 25 to 50 million...
(Listen to the podcast) HRIC Introduction In this segment of the HRIC podcast series, “A Contested History,” a mainlander working in Hong Kong talks about the significance of the annual June 4th candlelight vigil held in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park that commemorates the victims of the military...
( Listen to the podcast ) [Translation by Human Rights in China] HRIC Introduction In this segment of the HRIC podcast series, “A Contested History,” a mainlander working in Hong Kong talks about the significance of the annual June 4th candlelight vigil held in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park that...
(Listen to the podcast) HRIC Introduction Welcome to the first installment of HRIC’s new podcast series. We begin with a segment that looks at the complex relationship between Hong Kongers and mainlanders at this critical historical juncture. Last year in Hong Kong, during the Umbrella Movement,...
(Listen to the podcast) HRIC Introduction Welcome to the first installment of HRIC’s new podcast series. We begin with a segment that looks at the complex relationship between Hong Kongers and mainlanders at this critical historical juncture. Last year in Hong Kong, during the Umbrella Movement,...
HKFS discussion forum, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, June 3, 2015. HRIC photo. Protesters at Victoria Park before the "The Citizens Against Pseudo-Universal Suffrage" march, from Victoria Park to the Legislative Council, Hong Kong, June 14, 2015. HRIC photo. Banner: "The Citizens Against...
In this new issue of China Rights Forum —“HK & Mainland: Shared Future, Contested Present”—we are pleased to launch our new podcast series. Building upon the discussion we initiated in two previous CRF issues: “ Hong Kong & Mainland China: Building a shared Future ” (2011, No. 4), and “...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On August 11, 2015, Yu Wensheng filed a letter of complaint with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Shijingshan District’s government, Supervisory Bureau, and the Procuratorate, demanding an investigation into the actions and responsibility of the...
The U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, scheduled for August 13-14, will be held during what is widely viewed as the harshest crackdown in China since 1989. While China is a powerful global player that the United States needs to engage with on shared security and trade interests, this is a crucial...
Last night, I received a text message from my son: “Mom, when do I come back?” I had promised to pick him up, but because of what happened to lawyer Chunfu [Li Heping’s younger brother], I was delayed again. I couldn’t stop my tears from falling. At that moment, I didn’t know how to reply to this...
To: Permanent Representatives of Member States and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We urge your delegation to make statements, both jointly and individually, to address the unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers in China – indeed on Chinese...
On July 31, lawyers, relatives of targeted lawyers, and other citizens initiated a signature campaign for an appeal to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. The appeal requests that officers from the Ministry of Public Security be investigated and...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] See Chinese original . To: Supreme People’s Procuratorate Complainant: Yu Wensheng July 31, 2015 Complainant: Yu Wensheng, Male, Born November 11, 1967, Lawyer, From Beijing, Phone: 13910033651, Address: Room 712, No. 2 CRD Yinzuo, Shijingshan District,...
On July 10, 2015, rights defense lawyer Li Heping was forcibly taken from his home by a number of unidentified individuals who did not provide any official documents or a notice of detention. Wang Qiaoling, his wife, has been inquiring with many public security bureaus regarding his whereabouts but...
In the course of my search for my husband and Chunfu [Li Heping’s younger brother] being taken away, I’ve come to a spot I’ve never imagined before. After calls from the Beijing Public Security Bureau for two consecutive days asking me to have a talk about my writings online, and I refused to...
“If I don't do this, and if nobody does it, then what would happen to the people who need help?”—Wang Quangzhang . . . As the wife of a human rights lawyer, I worry about your safety constantly. Every time I see you drag your tired body home after rushing around day and night—everything my eyes...
August 5, 2015 President Xi Jinping General Secretary Office Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhongnanhai Ximen Fuyou Street Xicheng District Beijing 100017 People’s Republic of China Mr. Meng Jianzhu Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission 14 Beichizi Street Dongcheng...
Actually, out of the Li brothers, Li Heping is not the most inspiring one; it is Li Chunfu. Heping’s ancestral home can be described as poverty-stricken. When Li Heping and I were married there, the marital bed had no mattress; it was straw covered in a coarse cotton sheet. The year when Heping...
I could not have imagined that while looking for Li Heping, his younger brother Li Chunfu, who is also a lawyer, was taken away by the Tianjin Municipal Security Bureau Hexi Branch in the evening of August 1. At the same time, his home was also searched, and his computer, files, books, and other...
This article is lawyer Yan Xin’s (燕薪) statement of defense for Tang Jingling who is accused of "inciting subversion of state power." In his defense for Tang Jingling, lawyer Yan Xin argues that Tang is not guilty of “inciting subversion of state power.” He argues that: the concept and actions of...
Since last year, in the name of the policy to "renovate three sections and tear down one," the Zhejiang provincial government has been forcibly tearing down crosses on top of churches. By July 10 of this year, more than 1,200 crosses have been removed. In a July 28 statement, the Christian Three-...
On July 15, Yang Weidong, an independent filmmaker in Beijing, and his wife and mother were preparing to board a train bound for Hong Kong for their vacation, but his mother, Xue Yinxian, was stopped at customs. The next day, Yang stood naked holding up a sign in front of the State General...

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