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Citizens' Square

Citizens’ Square is a virtual Democracy Wall for individuals from China to share their stories online in personal narratives, open letters, statements, and case descriptions, and through photos, court documents, and videos. While most of the posted items are in Chinese, HRIC provides in English the title and a descriptive summary of each item. On occasion, HRIC also provides English translation of the contents of the item itself.

Launched in spring 2010, Citizens’ Square has served as an uncensored platform for petitioners, rights defenders, lawyers, and other citizens to expose corruption and official malfeasance, publicize cases of abuse ranging from illegal detention to kidnapping and torture, and issue public statements, including calls for official accountability and transparency and appeals for just compensation for forced evictions.

The expansion of this virtual Democracy Wall reflects the powerful desire among Chinese citizens to assert their rights and the growing citizen activism in China. Postings on Citizens’ Square have also helped individuals and groups bring international press attention to their cases.

In Citizens’ Square, journalists, researchers, and the general public can learn more about individual cases.

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In her statement, Chen Guiqiu, wife of lawyer Xie Yang who was detained in the 709 crackdown, calls attention to the procedural violations committed by the authorities with regard to her husband’s case. The two lawyers she retained to serve as her husband’s defense lawyers, Zhang Chongshi and Lin...
Fujian activist Wu Gan (aka Tufu) has suffered numerous forms of illegal mistreatment during his detention, including secret solitary confinement for half a year, having the defense attorney appointed by his wife barred from meeting with him, days and nights of sleep deprivation, threats and...
Human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi went missing in July 2015 as part of the 709 crackdown; it was not until January 2016 that his family finally received official notice of his arrest. Not only were his family members denied the right to hire a lawyer; they were also followed and surveilled 24 hours a...
Human rights lawyer Xie Yang, from Changsha city, Hunan, was originally arrested during the "709” crackdown in 2015 and was not allowed to meet with his lawyers until December 2016. In addition, his lawyer Liu Zhengqing did not receive Xie’s indictment until January 4, 2017. The indictment claims...
Wang Qiaoling went to the No. 2 branch of the Tianjin Municipal Procuratorate to inquire about the criminal charge against her husband, human rights attorney Li Heping who was arrested in the "709 crackdown.” In the below account of her experience that day, Wang explains that, after referring to...
Seventy-six well-known Chinese individuals, including legal scholars, practicing lawyers, economists, publishers, documentary filmmakers, writers, and poets, have joined in an open letter to ask for the resignation of Zhou Qiang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court. In a...
Through the current policy of “reversion of employment age,” a significant number of people who underwent Reform-through-Labor, or who were fired or dismissed, or who voluntarily resigned from their jobs are unable to claim pension and medical insurance otherwise accumulated from their time working...
Since Beijing lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s disappearance on November 21, neither his family nor the defense lawyers appointed by his family have received any written notice regarding his status. Official media have carried out wanton smear campaigns against him, misleading public opinion. In response to...
Wang Qiaoling, wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping, and Yuan Shanshan, wife of lawyer Xie Yanyi, went to the Changsha City No. 2 Detention Center in the morning of October 8, 2016, to deposit money for human rights attorney Xie Yang, who was detained in the “709” crackdown. Without cause, Wang...
There has been no news regarding Jiang Tianyong’s situation since his disappearance on November 20, 2016; however, the apartment where he once lived in the Changping District of Beijing was broken into and forcibly searched by public security personnel. In addition, the tenants of Jiang Tianyong's...

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