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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...
In this update, the students and recent graduates of Peking University who initiated the public statement on July 29 to support the detained Jasic workers in Shenzhen report that their statement has garnered more than 1,600 signatures in just one day—despite the statement having been deleted from...
In the below statement, Lawyer Liu Zhengqing tells of the process he had to go through to become Xie Yang’s legal representative and to meet with him in person. Liu writes of how Xie informed him about a number of things that happened while Xie was held under residential surveillance. For instance...
杨茂东,你好! 见字如面! 我对你的情况有大致的了解。我非常理解在这种极端的处境下你的绝食抗争,同时我也非常担心你的身体,担心你的生命安危,因此我和孩子们出外为你做了一些呼吁,见了不同的人。 有很多老师们、朋友们让我转达他们对你的问候,大家都很关心你的身体状况,对你的绝食抗议表达理解。你的要求也很合理,因为发生在你身上的人权问题,其根源还是政治制度问题。在这种制度下,政治犯的待遇最差。改善关押的所有的政治犯的待遇,这一点当局是能够做得到的事。这已经是很低的要求。 如果当局对的处境有改善,你认为最基本的必须的关押条件有改善,请你综合各种情况,考虑停止绝食,以后再根据实际情况再作其他讨论。...

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.

August 12, 2016

In the first week of August 2016, the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court tried and convicted one rights lawyer and three activists of “subversion of state power.” They were Zhai Yanmin (翟岩民), a law firm employee; Hu Shigen (胡石根), a democracy and religious freedom activist; Zhou Shifeng (周世鋒), a lawyer and law firm director; and Gou Hongguo (勾洪国), a rights activist. 

Lawyer Cai Ying reports that his client, rights defense lawyer Shu Xiangxin, in custody in the Jinan No.2 Detention Center for “libel,” was violently beaten and also suffered from other forms of maltreatment including being handcuffed and deprived of food, water, and access to toilet...
In the afternoon of November 14, 2016, independent candidate Feng Zhenghu who was running for one of the deputies to the Yangpu District People's Congress in Shanghai, was lawfully handing out canvassing materials for his campaign when individuals from his neighborhood security office tried to stop...

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