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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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Because Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses , Iran's Ayatolla Khomeini tried to kill him by putting a $5,000,000 reward on his head. This was in the 1980s, when I was still a young poet, and it was the first time I had heard his name. I was deeply shocked. Even though I cannot cross the ocean...
Poem by the wife of the rights defense legal scholar on the 60th day of his disappearance.
During a four-hour interrogation at the Nan'gao police substation in Beijing, Liu Yanping (刘艳萍) , a worker in Ai Weiwei's studio, was verbally abused in obscene language by a man who said that he was not a policeman, but a "hooligan, auxiliary police." The man threatened to beat her up "outside"...
In a letter to the Beijing Public Security Bureau after Ai Weiwei has been in custody for more than 96 hours, Ai’s wife Lu Qing asks the authorities to follow the law, which requires them to notify the family with official documents of the detainee’s whereabouts and the reason for detention.
Information regarding rights defense activists in Hubei and Shanxi who were detained, summoned or put under house arrest.
This essay issued by China Human Rights Watch Chairman Qin Yongmin on behalf of a Wuhan University professor analyzes the many political and social problems in Chinese society today, and in particular those related to education, the area that the author is most familiar with. The author believes...
Time Waits for No One: Continuing to Delay Solving the“June Fourth” Problem is a Crime Against the Future Generations of our Country -- An Open Letter to the 4th Plenary Session of the 11th Annual National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Consultative Committee This is the twelfth time...

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