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In a public statement, 132 lawyers, including many of the most active in rights defense in China, protest what they called the “barbaric manhandling” of lawyer Zhang Jun (张军) on November 27 by personnel at a local court in Wuhan, Hubei Province. Zhang went to the court to file a case and refused to...
Just days before the Communist Party of China’s 18th National Congress, at least four Shanghai petitioners have been ordered to serve Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for “disturbing social order.” Sources told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the petitioners, initially detained in late September,...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that at least four rights defenders in Shanghai were detained in late September: Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) , Cui Fufang (崔福芳) , Wang Kouma (王扣玛) , and Tong Guojing (童国菁) . Three of them have been charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” or “...
Kong Qiuhua ( 孔秋华 ) , wife of Yang Yunbiao ( 杨云彪 ) , a land rights defender from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that her husband was released on April 23, 2012, five months ahead of the scheduled release date (September 23, 2012). Yan was sentenced to three years in...
On the September 4, Chen Pingfu (陈平福) , a former math and science teacher, was tried in a court in Lanzhou, Gansu Province for “inciting subversion of state power.” The court did not issue a verdict.
Li Wangyang with friend, Daxiang District Hospital, Shaoyang, Hunan Province, July 23, 2011 A relative of blind labor activist Li Wangyang ( 李旺阳) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Li was found dead on June 6, hanging by the window in a hospital room where he was being treated for his...
On May 15, 2012, reform advocate Zhang Qi ( 张起 ) was released from the Yuzhou Prison, Chongqing, after serving a four-year term for "inciting subversion of state power.” On May 22, the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court, Yunnan Province, tried Cao Haibo ( 曹海波 ) , another reform advocate, in a...
Blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) , his wife Yuan Weijing (袁伟静) , and their two children arrived safely tonight in the United States. They were met at the Newark International Airport by representatives of the U.S. State Department and New York University, as well as China law expert...
An informed source told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Li Jie’e ( 李洁娥 ) , a resident of Yangji Village, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, jumped to her death on May 9, 2012, after her home was demolished in March this year as part of a land requisition by local authorities. The...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that You Minglei (游明磊) , a bank employee in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, has been taken into police custody on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” after distributing political leaflets. He is being held at Nanchang Municipal No. 2 Detention...


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