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Eighteen citizens, including Ye Qinghuan, Yang Lingyun, and Zheng Wei issued a joint declaration, stating their intent to run for election as independent local and People’s Congress representatives, and calling on voters in Beijing to vote for them. They intend to truly represent the people and do...
It has been two years since labor rights activist Liu Shaoming was detained, and over a year since his trial. Still, the court has yet to issue a verdict. Though initially in good health, Liu has experienced abdominal pain since October 2016, and the pain has intensified this year, a worrisome sign...
Lawyer Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , 56, who once practiced in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, represented local peasants in Dongyuan County, in the prefectural-level city of Heyuan City (河源市东源县), in a land right dispute case. Subsequently, in 2009, he was accused of a trumped-up charge of intentional damage of...
Human rights lawyer Xie Yang, from Changsha city, Hunan, was originally arrested during the "709” crackdown in 2015 and was not allowed to meet with his lawyers until December 2016. In addition, his lawyer Liu Zhengqing did not receive Xie’s indictment until January 4, 2017. The indictment claims...
Since Lawyer Xie Yang’s arrest and detention as part of the “709 crackdown,” his case has been twice transferred for review and prosecution. In their separate accounts (below), Xie’s lawyers, Zhang Chongshi and Lin Qilei, report the following: the prosecutor Li Zhiming from the Changsha People's...

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.

On July 10, Qin Yongmin, 64, veteran democracy activist, a cofounder of the China Democracy Party and founder of China Human Rights Watch, is sentenced to 13 years in prison for “subversion of state power.” The court’s ruling details the government’s accusations against Qin Yongmin: writing a large...
Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), mother of detained Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi ( 黄琦) , recently sent an appeal to request the Central Inspection Team to instruct relevant authorities in Sichuan Province and Mianyang Municipality to openly and fairly handle Huang Qi’s case in accordance with the law, and...
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