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In a statement one day before his trial, rights defense activist Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong) alleges serious procedural violations by the prosecution, in particular, in its denial of his defense lawyers’ right to review case materials on eight CDs that include videos and photos. Such violations...
In a letter to the police authorities holding rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 , the penname of Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东)), Guo’s lawyers stated that the period of Guo’s detention without formal arrest has far exceeded the lawful time limit for such detention, and that he should be released immediately...
Sui Muqing and Lin Qilei, the lawyers of detained activist Guo Feixiong (pen name of Yang Maodong), filed a complaint with the Tianhe Procuratorate (天河区检察院) in Guangzhou, against the Directors of the Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and the Tianhe District Detention Center. The complaint...
HRIC has learned from an informed source that prison authorities are deliberately obstructing a visit by the elder sister of imprisoned rights defender Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (penname of Yang Maodong , ( 杨茂东 ) ), who tried to deliver a letter from Guo’s wife, Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , urging Guo to stop...
The following is an open letter by Zhang Qing ( 张青 ) , wife of imprisoned rights advocate Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) (also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东 ) ), urging the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an investigation into Guo’s condition in Yangchun Prison in Guangdong Province. On April 26, Guo’s...
The Honorable John F. Kerry U.S. Department of State 2201 C St NW Washington, DC 20520 Via Fax: 2026472283; 2026477350 The Honorable Jacob J. Lew U.S. Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20220 Via Fax: 2026220073; 2022620417 Dear Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew, As...
Jin Bianling (金变玲), wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) ,says in a Twitter post that in recent days, Jiang Tianyong’s family has suffered sharply increased monitoring and harassment by domestic security personnel from the Luoshan County Public Security Bureau, in Xinyang City, Henan...
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...

Updated: May 8, 2015

Starting in late 2013, a number of citizen activists, many of whom were involved in the New Citizens Movement and actively campaigning for official asset transparency, were put on trial in Beijing and Guangdong. The numerous detentions and trials of citizen activists demonstrate a trend of intensifying crackdown on citizen activism, particularly in relation to official asset transparency and corruption. Below is a regularly updated HRIC compilation of trial schedules and statuses, as well as related statements and essays. 

Under intense international anticipation of the release today from prison of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇) , who was convicted of the trumped up charge of “inciting subversion of state power,” the Chinese authorities have instead disappeared him. His supporters outside the Henan...

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