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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...
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...
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...

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.

“Although the June Fourth tragedy has become history, the catastrophe it brought has not yet come to an end, and it is difficult for the wounds to heal.” — Tiananmen Mothers , June 1, 2018 It has been 29 years since the Chinese authorities unleashed a bloody crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...
In an appeal submitted last week, Liu Yao ( 刘尧 ) , a well-known former rights defense lawyer sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of RMB 1.4 million ($221,000) for “extortion,” “fraud,” and “buying trafficked children,” asks the Guangdong Provincial Procuratorate to vacate his conviction. Liu...
Dear President Tusk and President Juncker, Several of our organizations last wrote to you in May 2017, ahead of the June 2017 European Union (EU)-China summit in Brussels, regarding the growing human rights crisis in China and the response of the EU. Since that time, the situation in China has...
You Minglei is the husband of Zhao Wei. The content of this message is from Weiquan Wang. Statement from You Minglei: I received news tonight that Mr. Ren Quanniu, the lawyer I appointed to represent Zhao Wei, was criminally detained on July 8 by public security authorities in Zhengzhou for “...

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