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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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Nine Christians, all former prisoners of conscience, gathered together in Beijing on May 31. In his sermon , Xu Yonghai, the head of the Divine Love Group of the Beijing Christian House Church, prayed for all who were killed, injured, and jailed because of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989...
An Open Letter Regarding the Suspected Wrongdoing of Wanning Public Security Bureau in the Case of “Principal and Government Officials ‘Renting Rooms’ [at hotels] with Primary School Students”
Li Jianfeng ( 李建峰 ) , a former presiding judge in the Economic Department of Ningde Municipal Intermediate People's Court, Fujian Province, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment on "subversion of state power" in 2002. Li denied the charges and maintained that his prosecution was in retaliation for...
This public appeal , in the form of a “Missing Person Notice,” is signed by 39 individuals who believe that rights defense activist, Yang Lin, has been “disappeared” by the authorities.
This statement , in the form of a letter to the Beijing Public Security Bureau, is signed by 10 defense counsels representing Zhao Changqing, Ding Jiaxi, Yuan Dong, Ma Xinli, and Zhang Baocheng, who are criminally detained on “illegal assembly.” Another two activists, Sun Hanhui and Hou Xin, were...
This account provides background on the case of Li Jianfeng (李建峰), a former presiding judge in the Economic Department of Ningde Municipal Intermediate People's Court, Fujian Province, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment on "subversion of state power" in 2002. Li denied the charges and...
Following two open letters in August and September 2012 urging the Communist Party of China (CPC) to address corruption in the judicial system and redress the miscarriage of justice in their individual cases, this group of former police officers have issued three additional open letters [insert...
In a statement on the criminal detention of rights defender Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) and lawyer Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜 ) in Beijing, the Alliance of Chinese Citizens for Rights Defense pointed out that such actions by the authorities would only lead to further unrest in an already unstable society, and...
In an open letter on the criminal detention of at least seven individuals who have been calling on government officials to publicly disclose their assets, Xu Zhiyong ( 许志永 ) and nine other lawyers, media workers and entrepreneurs urge the authorities to protect the rights of citizens to freedom of...
Four Beijing rights defense lawyers—Cheng Hai (程海), Liang Xiaojun (梁小军), Wang Quanzhang (王全章), and Han Zhiguang (韩志广)—had planned to appear in a hearing for 13 Falun Gong practitioners being charged in a Dalian Court, Liaoning Province, on April 12.
Ai Xiaoming ( 艾晓明 ) , a professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and a rights activist, calls this newly completed documentary film by Xie Yihui ( 谢贻卉) of “extraordinary significance.” The film follows the investigation by journalist Zeng Boyan ( 曾伯炎) , a former Sichuan Daily reporter, to a...
This is an in-depth investigative report on torture and violence at Masanjia Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor Facility in Liaoning. The exposé has caused a stir in China and prompted urgent calls by the public to abolish this administrative detention system. The article in Lens Magazine has since...
In light of the recent exposé of torture and violence at the Masanjia Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor Facility, Ai Xiaoming, professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and a noted rights activist, compares the atrocities in Masanjia to those committed in Nazi Germany during the Second World...
Tianxiagong, an anti-discrimination NGO based in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, had planned to host a seminar for public interest lawyers in Suzhou and signed a contract with the Suzhou Motai hotel (苏州莫泰酒店管理有限公司) to reserve Motai facilities for the seminar. When Motai refused to honor the reservation...
In this article , Ai Xiaoming’s provides a portrait of Lin Zhao, a Peking University student who was killed during the Cultural Revolution for criticizing the “tyranny” of the Chinese Communists, and discusses Lin Zhao’s articles, poems, and portions of her prison writings. Ai believes that Lin's...
On April 1, 2013, in advance of the Qing Ming Festival, a group of independent intellectuals and participants in the 1989 Democracy Movement gathered in a funeral home in Zhengding County, Hebei Province, to pay respect to the victims of the government’s military crackdown on the Democracy Movement...
In this article , legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong and others show their support for the four Beijing citizens including, Hou Xin, who were criminally detained on March 31, 2013, after they displayed banners and publicly called for disclosure of official assets in Xidan, downtown...
In this article, Beijing lawyer Xiao Guozhen provides a portrait of rights advocate Hou Xin, one of four individuals detained by police in Beijing, following their March 31, 2013 protest calling for disclosure of official assets. The other three individuals detained were Yuan Dong, Zhang Baocheng,...
Ma Yalian (马亚莲), a Shanghai rights defender, went to Beijing to petition during the period of the Two Congresses, and had planned to protest on Tiananmen Square. But to avoid being harassed by the police, Ma had to hide at a friend’s home where she used her friend’s computer to send out the essay.
The Beijing-based house church leader and rights defender urges NPC deputies and CPPCC members currently attending the Two Congresses—particularly those from Liaoning, Zhejiang and Beijing—to guarantee citizens’ right to freedom of religion as protected by the Chinese Constitution.
Based on real-life experiences and enacted by a group of petitioners and rights activists from Nantong, Jiangsu, this docudrama shows what typically happens to petitioners when they are detained—often in unofficial places of detention, black jails—without formal charges, and sometimes without...
Following a petition first released in late February urging the National People’s Congress to ratify the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) , a group of 151 people have signed a new petition similarly addressed to the NPC. This group of signers includes many petitioners,...
Yao Cheng, a friend of Zhang Lin’s and the owner of the apartment in Hefei where Zhang temporarily lived, said in his article that the police came to search his apartment without legal permission and advance notice, and then kidnapped Zhang’s daughter. Photos of Zhang Anni and Zhang Lin.
In his article , rights activist Zhang Lin describes the kidnapping of his 10-year-old daughter and her 20-hour illegal detention in Hefei and Bengbu, Anhui Province, on February 27 and 28. Police also searched Zhang’s home in Hefei, took away his keys, mobile, and computer. Photos of Zhang Anni...
Lawyers for Wang Dengchao, a former Shenzhen police sentenced for 14 years in prison for “obstructing official business” and “embezzlement,” issued two complaints against 23 provincial and local officials.
Two short articles by Li Jinglin, one of the two former lawyers who represented Shenzhen police officer Wang Dengchao in his appeal against his 14-year prison sentence for “embezzlement” and “obstructing official business.”
In a series of text messages , Zhao Haitong, a Xinjiang resident, describes his beating by two unidentified persons after visiting veteran pro-democracy activist Qin Yongmin in Wuhan. Zhao suffered an asthma attack after the beating. Qin calls on the authorities to investigate the case and bring...
Wang Dengchao in police uniform In 2012, Wang Dengchao (王登朝) , a police officer in Shenzhen, was sentenced to 14 years after being convicted of “embezzlement” and “obstructing official business.” Wang and his lawyers contend that these were trumped-up charges. Wang Dengchao previously caused a...
In this message to HRIC (Chinese only), lawyer Tang Jitian (唐吉田) describes his detention and questioning by police in Shenzhen on February 1, 2013, when he tried to attend the appeals trial of a former policeman, Wang Dengchao. In 2012, Wang was sentenced to 14 years in prison after attempting to...
In this article (Chinese only), Shanghainese rights activist Feng Zhenghu (冯正虎) narrates how he sent a letter to CPC Secretary-General and PRC President Xi Jinping (习近平) in December 2012, with a complaint on how he spent 268 days in illegal detention in 2012, and what happened as a result.
In this brief article (Chinese only), veteran Guangdong-based rights defender Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) summarizes the points he made in support of Southern Weekly during interviews and exchanges with other participates made at a rally before Southern Weekly Guangzhou offices. The significance of the...
On December 28, 2012, Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟) submitted this request (Chinese only) to the Shanghai Municipal People’s Procuratorate to investigate officials of the Shanghai Municipal Committee on the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor for abuse of power in unlawfully depriving Wu of his right to...
On December 28, 2012, Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟) submitted this request (Chinese only) to the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress and Standing Committee to discipline the Shanghai Municipal Committee on the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor for unlawfully depriving Wu of his right to visit his wife...
This application for administrative review (Chinese only) was submitted to the Shanghai Municipal Committee on the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor by Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟), requesting that the decision ordering his wife, Shanghai activist Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), to Reeducation-Through-Labor be...
This application for medical parole (Chinese only) for Shanghai activist Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) was submitted by Mao's husband Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟) to the Shanghai Municipal Committee on the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor on December 27, 2012.
On October 30, 2012, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau for the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor issued this Notice of Execution of Reeducation-Through-Labor for Shanghai activist Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤).
On October 31, 2012, the Yangpu District Detention Center in Shanghai issued this Certificate of Release which released Shanghai rights defender Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) from detention.
In this open statement (Chinese only), 65 Chinese citizens, including university professor Ai Xiaoming (艾晓明) and noted activist Hu Jia (胡佳), urge that China’s 205 highest-ranking officials disclose their assets and income, along with that of their spouses and children, for public scrutiny during...
In his letter, the exiled dissident Chinese writer Liao Yiwu raises questions about the character, as well as writings, of Mo Yan, the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature.
In this complaint submitted to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the lawyers Xiao and Guo say that the CPC’s 18th Congress has ended but Wuhan dissident Qin Yongmin is still missing. They accuse the Qingshan District Public Security Bureau in Wuhan of illegally restricting Qin Yongmin’s personal...
Attachment 1 Announcement of a December 8, 2012 press conference and seminar in Flushing, New York City, organized by “Friends of Liu Xiaobo,” to launch a global campaign to obtain the release of Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia. Attachment 2 A letter of support for the campaign from Ding Zilin, a...
Veteran rights defender Guo Feixiong says that in order to prevent him from going to a legal seminar where friends of his were attending, Guangzhou police detained him for eight hours on trumped-up charges, including “selling fake alcohol” and “disturbing public order.” Guo says that he has been...
Fujianese petitioner Ye Mingfeng (叶明锋) appeals (Chinese only) for international attention as he fears retaliation from Chinese authorities after being extradited from Thailand to China. Ye had fled to to Thailand to escape Reeducation-Through-Labor, but was arrested about three months ago. He...
In this article (Chinese only) , rights defender and house church leader Xu Yonghai (徐永海) describes how at least five members of his Beijing-based house church were taken by the police on forced “travel” to the south of China. And at least five other members, including Xu himself, have been put...
Shanghainese rights defender Feng Zhenghu (冯正虎) has been confined to his home by 24 guards since February 27, 2012. He estimates that by October 30, those guards had cost the authorities some 2.4 million yuan [about $600,000]. Feng’s house arrest began in advance of the “Two Sessions” of the...
The decision (Chinese only) orders Shanghainese petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) to serve one year and six months of Reeducation-Through-Labor for "disrupting social order.” The Committee cites as reason Mao’s participation in public activities in Shanghai on January 5 and July 1, 2012, that...
Dozens of former police officers from many provinces who are victims of miscarriage of justices arrived in Beijing in recent days for a planned protest in the capital. By October 23, nearly 20 of them were detained and sent back to their home cities. Among them were He Zuhua, from Henan Province,...
In this message , Xu Yonghai, a member of the Divine Love Fellowship of the Beijing Christian House Church, recounts a visit by the police who told him not to leave home in advance of and during the 18th Party Congress beginning Nov. 8.
In this appeal ( Chinese only ), Cai Ying (蔡瑛) states that he is being held in a place that the Yuanjiang Municipal Commission for Discipline and Inspection of Hunan Province uses to detain and interrogate people in the name of “residential surveillance.” Cai, a lawyer with the Xiangjun Law Firm in...
In this account, the authors tell the story of Wu Muqin—a Guangdong peasant who was abandoned by her husband when she was seriously ill—became disabled after being beaten by her ex-husband’s cousin. The police did not respond when she reported the assault. Unable to walk, she resorted to...

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