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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...
In a statement issued the day before Guo Feixiong ’s trial, Guo’s lawyers, Chen Guangwu and Zhang Xuezhong, citing serious procedural violations by the court, request postponement of the trial and that the court allow them to make photo copies of all the case materials so that they can review them...
In a statement one day before his trial, rights defense activist Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong) alleges serious procedural violations by the prosecution, in particular, in its denial of his defense lawyers’ right to review case materials on eight CDs that include videos and photos. Such violations...
In this statement, Geng He, wife of lawyer Gao Zhisheng, provides some details of what Gao suffered during his 8-year ordeal. On December 22, 2006, Gao was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years, on conviction of “inciting subversion of state power.” During the five years...
Cheng Hai is a Beijing-based rights defense lawyer. He has represented victims of hukou discrimination and Falun Gong practitioners, among others. Cheng was a vocal advocate for the abolition of Reeducation-Through-Labor, and, in 2008, joined other lawyers to call for the independent election of...
In 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai defended New Citizens Movement activist Ding Jiaxi, who was prosecuted for calling for the disclosure of officials’ assets and education equality. During Ding’s trial, Cheng Hai withdrew from court to protest what he alleged as serious procedural violations. He...
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...
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...
We—more than three dozen rights defenders—protested in front of Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center, to support the “Ten Gentlemen of Zhengzhou.” They were all detained and arrested on trumped up charges, such as “illegal business activity” and “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” and many are...
On August 5, 2014 the Xinyu Intermediate People’s Court in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, ruled against the appeals of Liu Ping ( 刘萍) , Wei Zhongping ( 魏忠平) , and Li Sihua ( 李思华) and upheld the first-instance verdicts. The three asset transparency advocates were convicted on June 18, 2014, for their...
HRIC has learned that that Lü Gengsong ( 吕耿松 ) , a core member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, was arrested today and is being charged with “subversion of state power” (颠覆国家政权罪). He was criminally detained on suspicion of the same charge on July 7 , and is being held at the...
(Updated August 12, 2014) The State Internet Information Office (国家互联网信息办公室), the top government agency that oversees online content management, issued, on August 7, a set of regulations on mobile instant messaging services—such as WeChat (Tencent), Yixin (NetEase), and Feixin (China Mobile)—...
In this urgent appeal, lawyer Liu Jinbin ( 刘金滨 ) calls on the All China Lawyers' Association, prosecutorial organs, and other stakeholders to end the police's unlawful coercive summons of lawyer Chang Weiping in Jiaozuo, Henan. The couple, Xu Youchen ( 许有臣 ) and Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉 ) , who are...
In the morning of July 21, 2014, after lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平 ) was denied a meeting at the Jiaozuo Detention Center with his clients Xu Youchen ( 许有臣 ) and Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉 ) , who were being held on suspicion of intentional homicide, he went to the Zhongzhan police substantion—which is...
On July 7, 2014, Lü Gengsong, member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, was criminally detained on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” Ding Xikui, a lawyer with the Mo Shaoping Law Firm in Beijing, was retained by Lü’s family as defense counsel. On July 17, Ding traveled to...
The Henan case of Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉) and Xu Youchen ( 许有臣) , suspected of intentional homicide, is under investigation. Their defense lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平) applied to the Zhongzhan District Public Security Bureau of Jiaozuo, Henan, for a meeting with his clients but was denied. Moreover,...
25 Years after June Fourth On June 4, 1989, the Chinese authorities responded to massive citizen calls for democracy and a more open and accountable government with a violent military crackdown. Over the past 25 years, while economic reform has dramatically changed the face of China, the no-...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 2 ) ( Part 3 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] After my son Jielian sacrificed himself, some friends whom we didn’t know that well consoled us: “Please accept the fact and move on! Fortunately Jielian had an...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 2 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] On the afternoon of June 5, 1989, I was lying in bed. First, several doctors from the school suddenly came to our house to give me a shot. At almost the same...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 3 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] In 1989, from April 15 when the Beijing student protests began, Jielian seemed especially concerned. Each day after school, he would go from Renmin University to...
( Part 2 ) ( Part 3 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] Twenty-five years after June Fourth, I quiet my heart to remember Jielian’s ( 蒋捷连 ) short life, feeling that this child’s time in this world was both fortunate and...
A set of rules aimed at countering the “abuse” of information obtained by news personnel in the course of news gathering and other related professional activities went into effect on June 30, 2014. (See HRIC’s English translation below.) The rules, issued by the State Administration of Press,...
The Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court today upheld the sentences of New Citizens Movement advocates Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜 ) and Li Wei ( 李蔚 ) . In April this year, both were found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) by the Beijing Municipal...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] The ongoing nationwide crackdown of activists in China has brought bad news every day. Within three weeks, more than 60 intellectuals and rights defenders have been detained. Among them are rights protection lawyers Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), Liu Shihui (刘士辉), Tang...
25 Years after June Fourth Cover Collage HK TST Canton Road Harbour City LV , 18 December 2008 Photo Credit: Maizeam 25 Years after June Fourth Cover Collage Factory in China , September 2008 Photo Credit: High Contrast 25 Years after June Fourth Cover Collage Cena de Estado que en honor del Excmo...
In this appeal argument submitted to the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court for the second-instance trial of human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜) , lawyer Tang Tianhao ( 唐天昊) highlighted numerous procedural irregularities, rebutted the conclusions of the original guilty verdict,...
Ding Jiaxi's ( 丁家喜) second-instance trial lawyer Cheng Hai (程海) argues in this statement that under the Constitution, Ding has the right to demand officials to disclose their assets and call for educational equality. The statement was also submitted as a complaint against 125 judges, prosecutors,...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the 1970s, an article in Undergrad —a periodical published by the Student Council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU)—resonated with many people with its description of Hong Kong as a “free yet undemocratic” city. Although people argued over whether Hong...
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳 ) , who had petitioned for more than a decade for compensation for the forced requisition of her family home, was found guilty of “obstructing official business.” Li was tried at the Yangpu District People's Court in Shanghai on July 4, 2014, and received a...
On July 4, 2014, Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳) was found guilty of “obstructing official business.” Li was tried at the Yangpu District People's Court in Shanghai on July 4, 2014, and received a sentence of one year. Li had petitioned for more than a decade for compensation for the forced...
Zhang Zanning ( 张赞宁) , who represents lawyer Ji Laisong ( 姬来松) , has filed a complaint before the Zhengzhou Municipal People's Procuratorate against the Zhengzhou Public Security Bureau's Erligang Sub-branch for allegedly fabricating facts and criminal charges against Ji, and illegally criminally...
Huang Fangmei ( 黄芳梅 ) , pen name Huang Jingyi ( 黄静怡 ) , was formally arrested on June 25, 2014 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权) and is currently being held at Wuhan No. 1 Detention Center. Huang was criminally detained on May 17, 2014 after attending a sermon held at...
In this statement, lawyers Pang Kun (庞琨) and Wen Yu (闻宇), who represent detained lawyer Chang Boyang (常伯阳), describe how the Zhengzhou authorities have continuously obstructed them from meeting with their client, on the basis that Chang's alleged actions are "national security crimes" and that...
In this indictment against Li Huaping (李化平), the Hefei Municipality Shushan District People’s Procuratorate urges the criminal prosecution of Li for "gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place." The Procuratorate cites Li’s participation in activities to protest against the denial of...
Background Seventeen years after China’s resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong, the former British colony has returned to the spotlight. The debate over reforms to the process for selecting the city’s next Chief Executive in 2017 has reached fever pitch. Democracy advocates are rallying behind...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] When fellow families of June Fourth victims published the open letter to Two Congresses earlier this year, they, sadly, had no choice but to move Du Dongxu ( 杜东旭 ) , a name respected by everyone, from the signature section to that of deceased members. Mr. Du...
Weiquan— rights defense—lawyering had two defining characteristics prior to the 2010-2011 crackdown on lawyers and civil society activists. First, weiquan lawyers were high-profile in their style of lawyering and did not shy away from political issues. They courageously accepted cases that other...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that Zhejiang China Democracy Party Committee member, Lü Gengsong ( 吕耿松 ), has been criminally detained on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” According to the detention notice, he is currently being held at the Hangzhou Detention center...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received information that the couple, Chen Wei ( 陈卫 ) and Yu Shiwen ( 于世文 ) , organizers of one of the first public June Fourth Commemorative events in mainland China last year, have been officially arrested for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Lawyer Ji...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] We had long known that there was a university student—Gong Jifang—who was killed, but her family had always refused our requests for information and to visit them. Our trip this year to visit victims’ families outside of Beijing gave us another chance to try...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On June 3, 1989, Li Ping and his classmates found out that classes would resume the following week. That night, he and several classmates flagged down a truck in front of the university. They wanted to go to Tiananmen Square to have a look. But the truck had...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] October 3, 2013, we took the train to Bayan Nur city in Inner Mongolia. After 14 hours of travel, we arrived in Linhe District at 3:40 a.m. Ren Wenlian’s younger brother warmly received us. Ren Wenlian’s Father, Ren Jinbao. Ren Wenlian’s father, Ren Jinbao (...
In this essay, Wang highlights her husband Tang Jingling's leading role in initiating and advocating for non-violent civil disobedience as a means to press for greater respect for basic freedoms and for democratic reforms. Wang also provides details on Tang's long track record of rights defense...
Without holding hearings, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled against the appeals by citizen activists Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) and Zhang Baocheng ( 张宝成 ) and upheld their first-instance verdicts. They were both found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (...
On June 27, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled against the appeal of Zhang Baocheng and upheld the first-instance verdict. Zhang was convicted of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (聚众扰乱公共场所秩序) by the Beijing Municipal Haidian District Court on April 18, 2014,...
Underestimating Bad Faith It’s been a quarter of a century since the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre in China, one of the events that spurred governments around the world into putting human rights on their foreign policy agendas. And since that time, diplomats, activists, scholars, and others have debated...
This book’s sub-title hints at Emily T. Yeh’s main point: Tibet is being transformed by the Chinese occupation, which Beijing maintains is an act of generosity, even a gift, while Tibetans experience the occupation as oppression. This gives rise to one of Ms. Yeh’s propositions drawn from the...
Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations reveals what American and Chinese academics think about both countries’ values and policies. With exceptions, the Chinese insist that whatever is wrong in China stems from foreign exploitation and interference. They see, too, U.S...
Wang Qingying (王清营) was formally arrested on June 20, 2014 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and is currently being held at Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center (广州市第一看守所). He was first criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking...
Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) was formally arrested on June 20, 2014, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and is currently being held at Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center (广州市第一看守所). He was first criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking...

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