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Total results: 788.

Compiled by HRIC based on published reports and information available online. Total Count: 136 individuals. (An asterisk (*) denotes that the detention or physical restriction of the individual has ended.) 

Last updated August 2014. 

See also: Citizen Activists on Trial 2013-2014: Schedule/Status and Essays

2014

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. 

In addition to urgent appeals and situation-specific statements and communications, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention may issue opinions regarding individual detentions that are brought to its attention.

Both thematic and country-specific special procedures may conduct country visits, during which they investigate the human rights situation of a specific country. Following the visit, the mandate holder will submit a report on their findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council.

As the crackdown on lawyers and defenders that began in July 2015 continues with prolonged incommunicado detention of individuals without trial, family members of those still detained, and of those released after suffering abuses in custody, have not stopped speaking out to demand justice. In these narratives, what we are witnessing is a rising activism among a group determined to hold the authorities accountable for unlawfully suppressing citizens who are exercising rights protected by Chinese and international law. (All text translated by Human Rights in China.)

Most special procedures are able to intervene directly with governments through private communications or urgent appeals when they receive allegations of, or information regarding, violations that ffall within their mandates. In such instances, a letter may be sent to the state at the discretion of the mandate holder requesting information and comments. Communications  between a special procedure and a state are strictly confidential.

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