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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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Liu Tianyan (刘天艳) , wife of dissident Fu Hailu (符海陆) —who is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for creating a wine bottle label in 2016 to mark the anniversary of June Fourth—posted this essay one day before his trial. She points out that Fu had in fact already been imprisoned for...
According to a source inside China, since the Two Congresses started, Pu Wenqing (蒲文清) , the 86-year-old mother of Huang Qi (黄琦) , the detained veteran rights defender and the founder of 64 Tianwang website (64tianwang.com), has been under round-the-clock monitoring by security personnel. She has...
During Chinese New Year, Sichuan rights activist Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人) and his wife, Wang Qinghua ( 王庆华 ) visited the families of several fellow Sichuan rights defenders and activists: the mother of the imprisoned rights activist Huang Qi( 黄琦) ; the parents of Wu Guofeng( 吴国锋) , a student who died in...
Huang Qi ’s ( 黄琦 )mother, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), speaks out once again to condemn the authorities’ persecution of Huang Qi. She calls on the international community to pay attention to his case and urges the authorities to transfer Huang Qi, who is suffering from various serious diseases, to a...
In her open appeal, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ) , 85, mother of the detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ) , says that she learned from Huang Qi’s lawyer that despite Huang’s serious medical conditions, the authorities have refused to transfer Huang to a hospital for treatment. In a meeting on...
On December 10, 2018, lawyer Liu Zhengqing ( 刘正清 ) visited his client, Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦 ), who is detained at the Mianyang Detention Center. He learned from Huang that two prosecutors based at the detention center had met with Huang Qi three times on November 30 and December 3, asking...
Record of Meeting [By Lawyer Liu Zhengqing of his meeting with Huang Qi] [English translation by HRIC] Time: Afternoon, October 23, 2018 Location: Meeting Room #18 at the Mianyang Municipal Detention Center Interviewer: Lawyer Liu Zhengqing Interviewee: Huang Qi Question (Liu Zhengqing): Please...
In the afternoon of November 12, 2018, lawyer Liu Zhengqing(刘正清) visited his client, Sichuan activist Huang Qi(黄琦) , who is detained at the Mianyang Detention Center. Huang told his lawyer that in the morning that day, three doctors at the Mianyang Central Hospital came to the detention center to...
In 1993, Liu writes, his wife, Huang Ping (黄萍), was carried away by a sudden surge at the waterfall at the Huangguoshu Scenic Area in ​Guizhou Province. Liu says that his investigation showed that the deluge was created by officials of the Huangguoshu Scenic Area Management Office who, without...
More than 100 scholars inside and outside China have joined a growing domestic campaign to call for the release of workers at the Jasic factory in Shenzhen, who have been detained for demanding to form their own labor union to protect their rights. On July 27, seven of the workers, and 23...

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