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In this timeline, Guangdong-based legal activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) (a.k.a. Yang Maodong [杨茂东]) chronicles the events that led up to the detention and release of several democracy activists who have become known as the "five gentlemen of Guangzhou who held placards." In late March 2012, a number of...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that the case of "illegal business activity" against rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) has been referred to the Guangzhou Procuratorate after a second investigation. Guo Feixiong, who provided legal advice in a number of controversial...
To: Permanent Representatives of Member States and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We urge your delegation to make statements, both jointly and individually, to address the unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers in China – indeed on Chinese...
On October 8, 2007, a group of lawyers, intellectuals, rights defense activists, and others released an open letter to the State Council, Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of State Security, protesting the violent attack on and abduction of Beijing lawyer Li...

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. 

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.

The notice says Guo Feixiong (real name Yang Maodong) was criminally detained on August 8, 2013 on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place,” according to Article 80 of the PRC’s Criminal Procedure Law. He has been detained in the Tianhe District Detention Center in...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that delivery of the verdict in the trial of Guangdong-based rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) has been delayed for further investigation. Guo went to trial at Guangzhou's Tianhe District Court on July 9, 2007, on charges of "running...
Human Rights in China has learned that activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂东) , is under criminal detention in Guangzhou on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”

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