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In this message , Xu Yonghai, a member of the Divine Love Fellowship of the Beijing Christian House Church, recounts a visit by the police who told him not to leave home in advance of and during the 18th Party Congress beginning Nov. 8.
In this appeal ( Chinese only ), Cai Ying (蔡瑛) states that he is being held in a place that the Yuanjiang Municipal Commission for Discipline and Inspection of Hunan Province uses to detain and interrogate people in the name of “residential surveillance.” Cai, a lawyer with the Xiangjun Law Firm in...
[International Constitutional Court] The open letter supports Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s proposal—which he articulated in his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012—to establish an International Constitutional Court to examine whether constitutions of various governments...
The authors state that the campaign, which began in early September, has garnered 1,059 signatures, and that the campaign continues a 63-year battle waged by the people of China for freedom of expression. Chen is a laid-off teacher in Lanzhou, Gansu Province. He was tried for “inciting subversion...
On September 30, 2012, Shanghainese rights defender and petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) was intercepted and returned to Shanghai. She was subsequently criminally detained on suspicion of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order." She is currently held at the Yangpu District Detention Center.
The open letter (in Chinese) says that on September 19, Liu Ping ( 刘萍) and Wei Zhongping ( 魏忠平) , rights defenders and independent candidates for the People’s Congress in Xinyu, Jiangxi, were detained, strip-searched, verbally abused, and beaten by the local police in an 11-hour-long ordeal. The...
In the afternoon of September 14, Lü Gengsong and other democracy activists in Hangzhou were warned by the police that they will not be allowed to leave their homes beginning on September 15. Earlier, 10 Hanzhou citizens, including Zou Wei, submitted an application to the Hangzhou Public Security...
This open call (Chinese only) protests the prosecution of Chen Pingfu (陈平福) and calls for people to add their names in support for his case. Chen is a former teacher who was tried for "inciting subversion of state power" on September 4, 2012. The prosecution's charges were based on articles that...
The Special Prize of AUD$3,000 ($3,068) was awarded to Mr. Dhondup Wangchen, cinematogpher and producer of the documentary film “Leaving Fear Behind,” on September 2 on the occasion of the Tibetan Democracy Day in Dharamsala. Nominated by the Tibetan writer Woeser, Mr. Dhondup is currently serving...
Increasingly concerned that he will be arrested, the Wuhan activist releases a statement , dated July 5, 2012, saying that he will not commit suicide and that he and his wife Wang Xifeng have retained two lawyers. Since May 2012 when Qin and Wang performed their marriage ceremony, the authorities...

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