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Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square. Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and...
Today, on the 25th anniversary of the tragic events in Tienanmen Square, we remember those who lost their lives striving for democracy. I appeal to the Chinese leadership to release all those still detained in connection with the events of 4 June 1989. It is deplorable that recently there has been...
“On behalf of all Canadians, we join with Chinese citizens and people around the world in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. “Canada urges China to break its silence on these events by openly...
GENEVA (3 June 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed concern about the detention of numerous civil society activists, lawyers and journalists in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Allegedly dozens of individuals have...
Wang Aizhong (王爱忠) was criminally detained on May 29, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” following a police search on his home the same afternoon. Wang, a Guangdong human rights defender and successful businessman, is a prominent member of the Southern Street Movement.
Zan Aizong (昝爱宗) was detained and questioned for half a day on May 20, 2014, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” During a search of his apartment, the Hangzhou police confiscated a computer, a USB drive, and other items. Zan is an outspoken writer and journalist who currently...
Wang Qingying (王清营) was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 by police from the Baiyun District in Guangzhou on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles." Prior to his detention, plainclothes men searched Wang's home without showing ID cards or search warrants. They took away mobile...
Lawyer Tang Jingling ( 唐荆陵) was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” at Baiyun District Detention Center in Guangzhou, after police confiscated two computers and three mobile phones from his home. Tang founded the “Non-violent Citizens’...
In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of a horrific episode of government-ordered military violence against unarmed civilians, the Chinese authorities have redoubled their efforts—by criminal detention and other means of control—to suppress remembrances of what happened in June 1989. The Tiananmen...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the early morning of June 4, 1989, Luan Yiwei was shot in the waist at the intersection of Chang’an Avenue and Nanchizi Street. He died just a day short of his 35th birthday. His wife, Chen Mei ( 陈梅 ) , born in 1956, graduated from Beijing International...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Shi Yan’s ( 石岩 ) father, Shi Feng ( 石峰 ) , was an art consultant and composer for the Dalian Department of Cultural Affairs, Liaoning Province, and is now retired. His mother, Han Shuxiang ( 韩淑香 ), was a surgeon in the Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, and is...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying and I went to our last stop in our visits to victims’ families outside of Beijing: the home of Xiong Zhiming’s parents, in Jinxi County, Jiangxi Province. Xiong Zhiming’s father, Xiong Hui ( 熊辉 ), and his mother, Zhang Caifeng ( 张彩凤 ), had visited...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying ( 郭丽英 ) and I returned to Wuhan, Hubei Province, after visiting a victim’s family in the city of Xiantao. We then took a bus to Tongshan County, Xianning City in Hubei to visit Mrs. Jin Yaxi ( 金亚喜 ) , whose son Cheng Renxing was killed in the June...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On our list of victims there is a Dai Jinping ( 戴金平 ) , whose surviving family lives in Xiantao City, Hubei Province. Before we left Beijing, we learned from the brief introduction of Dai Jinping’s family in the registry of survivors and families of victims...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the afternoon, on the way back from Kong Weizhen’s house, before even reaching the gate of Wuhan Institute of Technology, Guo Liying and I saw Qi Guoxiang ( 齐国香 ) walking to welcome us. She is a warm-hearted, sincere person who is helpful to others. Being...
Since the end of April, members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center—honorary council member Mrs. Gao Yu, council member Mrs. Liu Di, member Hu Shigen, and others—successively “lost contact” with the outside world. The homes of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, Beijing Film Academy professor Hao...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In Wuhan, Hubei Province, before we went to Li Xianyuan’s house we called Mr. Kong Weizhen (孔维真) , a disabled man who lives in Hanyang District in Wuhan, inviting him to come to Li Xianyuan’s house. An hour after we arrived at Li Xianyuan’s house, we heard...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] Guo Liying and I continued from Zhengzhou to Wuhan, Hubei Province, on the high-speed train, to visit two families and a survivor. Our hotel in Wuhan was located not far from the home of Li Xianyuan (李显远), our first destination. We planned to visit the second...
In Geneva on May 8, in a review of China’s implementation of a broad range of obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, independent experts on a UN committee raised a host of questions on some deeply-rooted and highly-charged systemic issues linked to...
In the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth Democracy Movement, many Chinese activists have been detained. A group of 25 Chinese lawyers have issued this statement calling on authorities to abide by Chinese law in the treatment of the recently detained citizens. For more...
This ad was published by 70 Hong Kong financial professionals to warn Beijing against political interference. The English version was posted on the Facebook page of “Financial Professionals for Occupy Central”: http://on.fb.me/1ptyeLu Ten Requests to the Communist Party of China from the People in...
Pu Zhiqiang ( 浦志強) was detained on May 6, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) by the Haidian branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. He was taken from his home at 4 a.m. on May 5. Later that day, the Public Security officials confiscated files, books, and...
Human Rights in China has learned that Chinese authorities are preventing Ding Zilin ( 丁子霖 ) , a key member of the Tiananmen Mothers , and her husband from returning to Beijing until after June 4, the 25th anniversary of the violent government crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement. According to...
On Thursday, May 8, at the United Nations in Geneva, a committee of 18 international experts will review China’s implementation of its obligations to protect and advance a broad set of rights under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This will be China’s second...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] After Wu Lihong and I visited Xiao Zongyou and his wife, we decided to visit Wu Guofeng’s (吴国锋) parents, Wu Dingfu ( 吴定富 ) and his wife, who live in the suburbs of Chengdu in Xinjin County, Wujin Township. The drive from Chengdu to Xinjin County is actually...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from informed sources that Chongqing veteran dissident Xu Wanping ( 许万平 ) was released today after serving nine years of a 12-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” Xu was released today at 6:30 a.m. and taken to his home by prison...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] After visiting families of victims in Guangzhou and Nanning, we headed to Sichuan. There is only one train every day from Nanning to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. The trip, a 32-hour ride, would take us through Guangxi and Guizhou Provinces. Along the way,...
[Translation by volunteers] We, Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie, make the following statement in regards to the unlawful detention of lawyers and other citizens by the Jiansanjiang Agribusiness Reclamation Public Security Bureau in Heilongjiang Province: 1. The Legal...
In this statement , also written for public dissemination, Ding Jiaxi's lawyer Sui Muqing (隋牧青) likens China to a system of slavery: “When people's words and deeds are constantly shackled and constrained by all kinds of unspoken rules and fears, when their words and deeds are faulted at every turn...
Cao Shunli was a Chinese activist who lost her life in the struggle to build a more just society. From 2008 until her enforced disappearance on September 14, 2013, Cao Shunli vigorously advocated for access to information, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. A poignant example of China’s...
An international jury of ten prominent human rights organizations has selected the late Cao Shunli ( 曹 顺利 ) as one of three finalists for the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders . The award recognizes defenders who have shown deep commitment to human rights in the face of great...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In mid-November 2013, Guo Liying and I traveled to Henan, Hubei, and Jiangxi Provinces in central China to visit the families of victims of June Fourth. We went first to Zhengzhou in Henan to visit Mr. Sun Chengkang and his wife Mrs. Yu Qing, the parents of...
Four citizen activists involved in public calls for high-ranking officials to reveal their assets in 2013 have each been found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Two of them— Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜 ) and Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) — were accused of planning street actions in...
Lai Bi (赖笔), 21, male, a student at the Peking Medical University (北京医科大学). He was struck in the head by a stray bullet on West Chang’an Avenue on the night of June 3, 1989 while helping rescue the wounded. He was taken to the Peking Medical University No. 1 Affiliated Hospital, where he died at...
A joint appeal issued by lawyers and citizens to the Standing Committees of the National People’s Congress and of the Heilongjiang Provincial People's Congress, which challenges the legality of the existence of the General Bureau of Farm Reclamation of Heilongjiang. In the appeal, the lawyers and...
This is the draft defense statement by one of Zhang Baocheng’s former lawyers, prepared for the original trial on January 27, 2014. In that trial, in protest of procedural problems, Zhang dismissed his lawyers and forced an adjournment of the trial. (The new trial took place on April 8, and Zhang...
In his defense statement for Zhang Baocheng, lawyer Ge Yongxi argues that the procedural irregularities prove that the trial is nothing but reprisal against a human rights defender. He argues that the evidence, especially video of the peaceful assemblies for which Zhang was indicted, proves that...
This chronology was compiled by Legal Professionals for the Public Good (公益法律人), a Google Group, and lists daily events and actions carried out by lawyers, citizens, and officials involved in the Jiansanjiang case from March 21 to April 15. 维权全程 24 天日志 ( 3.21 — 4.15 ) 3月21日 【官方】 抢手机、绑架关押 。 八点十五左右,...
On appeal of his first-instance verdict and four-year prison sentence, Xu Zhiyong requested that the second instance trial conducted in an open court, and that all witnesses who originally submitted written testimonies be allowed to testify in-person in court. This is a request, submitted by one of...
In this argument submitted to the Beijing Municipal People’s High Court, Xu Zhiyong’s second instance trial defense lawyer, Liu Shuqing (刘书庆), raised three issues: the facts of the first instance trial were unclear; the first and second instance trials had major procedural flaws; and the importance...
From the British Broadcasting Corporation, “ Chinese activist Xu Wanping freed amid clampdown ”: Rights group Human Rights in China , which is based in Hong Kong and New York, says Xu suffered from digestive and prostate problems and other conditions while in jail. It also claims he was denied...
Agencia EFE, La persecución oficial de "Nuevo Ciudadano" continúa en China : "En los últimos años, hemos visto una expansión del movimiento y menor miedo entre los activistas, así que no creo que estos juicios les vayan a intimidar", señaló Yi Shiwei , oficial superior de Programas de " Human...
Ding Jiaxi was tried on April 8-9, 2014, for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” in connection with his participation in citizen actions calling for disclosure of officials’ assets as a way to fight corruption since 2012. The trial concluded on April 9 without a verdict. Ding’s...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] The “New Citizens” trials in their entirety, whether procedurally or substantively, have left the dignity of the rule of law in utter ruin. As legal professionals, you are in fact well aware that the “disrupting order in a public place” charges against us are...
Activist Zhao Changqing's lawyer, Zhang Peihong, said in his defense arguments delivered at the Haidian District Court in Beijing that the very fact he must defend Zhao Changqing in court is a double insult to people's intelligence and the law. Zhang argued that the acts for which Zhao has been...
Chen Yongting (陈永廷), 20, male, a student in the Economics Department of the Central Institute for Nationalities (中央民族学院). Shot to death in Tiananmen Square, night of June 3, 1989. He was the first and only student in the history of his poor, remote mountain village in Tushixiang (涂市乡), Youyang...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On the 25th anniversary of the June Fourth Tragedy Shortly after the 24th anniversary of June Fourth last year, some of us—June Fourth victims’ family members residing in Beijing—were thinking about the same questions with sadness. In all these years, and...
Today, HRIC launches a new advocacy initiative: “June Fourth at 25: Resisting Enforced Amnesia, Building a Just Future.” Since the military crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement, known as June Fourth, HRIC has provided advocacy support and solidarity to individuals and groups—particularly the...
In this administrative complaint submitted to the Heilongjiang Provincial High People's Court, lawyer Zhang Lei ( 张磊 ) challenges the Qixing Sub-branch of the Jiansanjiang Farm Reclamation Public Security Bureau on the appropriateness of its imposition of martial law measures and cordoning roads...
In this administrative complaint submitted to the Heilongjiang Provincial High People's Court, lawyer Zhang Lei (张磊) , who represents detained lawyer Wang Cheng (王成) , alleges that the defendants— authorities of the Jiansanjiang Farm Reclamation Public Security Bureau, its Qixing Sub-branch, and...
After Chinese dissident author Du Daobin was released from three years in jail in December 2010 for “inciting subversion of state power,” he has been harassed and monitored by the authorities on an on-going basis. Upon his release, a local police officer in Yingcheng, Hebei Province, required him...
After being sentenced to four years in prison for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” during his first instance trial, Xu Zhiyong, a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, filed an appeal. For the second instance trial, defense lawyers Zhang Qingfang and Liu Shuqing have...
Tian Daoming (田道明), 22, male, a senior at the Department of Management of the University of Science and Technology Beijing. Crushed to death by a tank in the early morning of June 4, 1989. Originally from Shishou City, Hubei Province.
In this account, lawyer W ang S hengsheng ( 王胜生 ) describes a forced entry by police officers into her hotel room in the early morning on March 29 in Jiansanjiang, and her subsequent kidnapping. At the time, Wang and more than a dozen other lawyers—including Fu Yonggang ( 付永刚 ) and Wang Quanzhang...
The Jiansanjiang Farm Reclamation Public Security Bureau issued this statement after the March 21 detention of four lawyers — Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) , Tang Jitian (唐吉田) , Wang Cheng (王成) , and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰) —and approximately 19 citizens. The statement, posted on the Weibo account of a state-...
“China Human Rights Watch” is a Chinese citizen non-profit, public interest, civil society group, established in accordance with the law. The person in charge of the group stated in the group’s registration announcement that members had formally applied to register China Human Rights Watch with the...
Lawyer Xie Yang (谢 阳) , who represents Jiang Tianyong, describes in this account that he arrived in Jiansanjiang in the morning of April 2 and went straight to the Qixing Public Security Bureau sub-branch and asked to meet with Lawyer Jiang Tianyong. The deputy branch chief of the bureau told Xie...
This rebuttal was written by lawyer Liu Sixin (刘四新) , who has a doctorate in law from Beida, in response to an op-ed published by the Global Times, in Chinese and English , on April 2, 2014, that accuses the lawyers involved in the Jiansanjiang incident of inciting “illegal activities rather than...
Women human rights defenders in China have launched an online appeal asking women lawyers to protest the thug-like treatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng (王胜生) in Jiansanjiang by posing for photos with black hoods over their heads, with hands bound, and wearing placards that read "Women lawyers...
  • Lawyers and citizens declare hunger strike outside Qixing Detention Center, Jiangsanjiang, Heilongjiang, to protest unlawful detention of rights lawyers and citizens. March 25, 2014.
In the days following the March 21 detention of four lawyers — Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , Tang Jitian ( 唐吉田 ) , Wang Cheng ( 王成 ) , and Zhang Junjie ( 张俊杰 ) —and approximately 20 citizens , in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, the authorities rounded up and questioned scores of other lawyers...
Lawyers and citizens sent the following letter to the Ministry of Public Security regarding the illegal detention of citizens and rights defense lawyers in Jiansanjiang:
This urgent complaint was filed by a number of citizens before the Heilongjiang Supreme People’s Procuratorate against Sui Fengfu, Party Secretary of the General Bureau of Farm Reclamation of Heilongjiang, (黑龙江农垦总局) and others for abduction, illegal detention, and other crimes. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:...
蔡瑛律師建三江维权继续 距离21日唐吉田、江天勇、王成和张俊杰律师被拘押已经八天,我现在北京。25日从建三江回到长沙后,司法部门不断通知,首先是试探性询问建三江之事,暗示不要介入,之后开始盘查代理手续是否完善,最后完全暴露丑恶目的,要求我退出代理。在我这里遭到拒绝甚至痛斥后,湖南省司法厅、长沙市司法局强令事务所主任,必须阻止蔡瑛代理建三江案件,要不惜一切手段抢回蔡瑛的代理手续。 黑龙江多位律师为了争取会见权,为了维护法制在绝食在抗争,这里司法部门不仅不出言支持律师维权,竟然要制止律师代理。对这群人我真是无法可说,但我还是决定去北京全国律师协会递交材料,明知道去了也枉然,但必要的程序还是要到位...
Human rights lawyer Liu Weiguo circulated online 20 templates of Open Government Information requests seeking disclosure of information concerning the detention of the four lawyers and the authorities’ refusal to allow them to meet their lawyers. Liu asks citizens to fill out the applications, mail...
On March 20, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) officially adopted the Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for China’s second UPR, a comprehensive evaluation of its human rights obligations under the UN system. As the official record of China’s review...
  • Tan Zuoren and wife Wang Qinghua, April 2014 Photo Credit: www.64tianwang.com More photos at: http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid=10&aid=16925
Media reports and information available online indicate that upon his release from prison today, Sichuan environmental activist and writer Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人 ) did not return to his home in Chengdu but was taken by the authorities to an undisclosed location in Chongqing. Tan served a five-year term...
Four rights defense lawyers, Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ), Tang Jitian ( 唐吉田 ), Wang Cheng ( 王成 ) , and Zhang Junjie ( 张俊杰 ) , as well as an unknown number of citizens were detained by police authorities in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省建三江) one day after they visited a "legal education base"...
On March 21, 2014, four rights defense lawyers, Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), Wang Cheng (王成) , and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰) , as well as an unknown number of citizens were detained by police authorities in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省建三江). Their detention took place one day after...
In this public statement, Chinese human rights lawyers and citizens condemn the detention of four prominent human rights lawyers, Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), Wang Cheng (王成), and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰), as well as many citizens by authorities in the Jiansanjiang Bureau of Management at...
The Changshu Municipal People’s Court in Jiangsu Province today sentenced citizen activist, Gu Yimin (顾义民) , to 18 months’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power.” In addition, Gu will be subjected to two years of post-release deprivation of political rights.
On March 20, during the Human Rights Council’s consideration of China’s Universal Periodic Review outcome report, China exhibited a hostility towards civil society voices that made clear its determination to control who can speak, and the content and form of that expression. When an NGO attempted...
On March 14, 2014, Cao Shunli ’s (曹顺利) family arrived at the 309 Military Hospital in Beijing to find that Cao had already died . Since she was transferred there from an emergency medical center on February 20, she had been on a ventilator and non-responsive. There have been growing concerns...
The statement condemns the Chinese government’s persecution of Cao Shunli that led to her death and lists the following demands: Investigate and make public details of Cao’s detention and her condition between September 14, 2013 and the time of her death; Investigate and make public the cause and...
Human rights defender Cao Shunli ( 曹顺利) died today in Beijing. Cao, who had been in police custody since September 2013 and suffering from various medical conditions, was admitted to intensive care at the Beijing Qinghe 999 Hospital last month, and later transferred to the 309 Military Hospital...

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