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The Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court on July 29, 2019, found veteran Sichuan activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) guilty of “illegally providing state secrets abroad” and “intentionally leaking state secrets.” He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, deprived of political rights for four years, and fined RMB...
On June 17, 2016, the Wuhan Municipal Procuratorate indicted Wuhan activist Qin Yongmin of “subversion of state power.” Qin had previously been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the same crime. Prior to the indictment, Qin was formally arrested on May 12 after having been disappeared for one year...
Human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi went missing in July 2015 as part of the 709 crackdown; it was not until January 2016 that his family finally received official notice of his arrest. Not only were his family members denied the right to hire a lawyer; they were also followed and surveilled 24 hours a...
There has been no news regarding Jiang Tianyong’s situation since his disappearance on November 20, 2016; however, the apartment where he once lived in the Changping District of Beijing was broken into and forcibly searched by public security personnel. In addition, the tenants of Jiang Tianyong's...
According to informed sources, rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄 ) met with lawyer Chen Guangwu ( 陈光武 ) on November 14, the first such meeting permitted Guo since his detention on August 8. Guo was officially arrested on September 12 and is accused of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a...

China has enjoyed marked progress in its legal system since beginning economic reforms and opening up in the late-1970s. Training of judges, prosecutors, police, and defense lawyers has also contributed to gradual improvement of the civil and criminal justice systems. Despite these advances, legal reform continues to face serious challenges.

Following her arrest on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” Foshan rights defender Su Changlan has been detained in the Foshan City’s Nanhai Detention Center for over 20 months; her case has yet to come to trial. Her lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, explains in this update (see below) that the...
On July 12, 2015, attorney Xie Yanyi was secretly detained by the authorities. By the time his family finally received official notice of his arrest on January 11, 2016, Xie had been in custody for over 400 days. The numerous visitation requests filed with the Tianjin Public Security Bureau by the...
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...

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