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Eyewitnesses told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that on Friday, October 21, 2011, a group of defense lawyers and supporting colleagues who are working on a high-profile murder case in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were surrounded by dozens of people outside the Beihai Municipal...
On August 12, 2011, the trial of Wang Lihong (王荔蕻) on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) at Beijing’s Chaoyang District People’s Court ended without a verdict. Wang is a well-known and well-respected activist in Beijing who began her rights defense activities after...
Upon his release after a four-month jail term, Li Shuangde (李双德) , a legal worker in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, describes how the authorities turned an instance of credit card overdraft into the charge of “credit card fraud” (信用卡诈骗) against him and coerced a guilty plea from him by threatening his...
Human Rights in China has learned that Yao Lifa (姚立法) , a school teacher and a prominent advocate of direct local elections, has been missing since Monday, June 20.
Huang Zhongyan (黄仲琰) , the wife of detained rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新) , told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that when she came home on June 14, at 11 a.m., she found it in complete disarray. Taped to the refrigerator door was a “List of items seized” issued by the Haicheng substation of...
Ai Weiwei (艾未未) ’s sister Gao Ge (高阁) told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that the brief meeting on Sunday evening, May 15, between Ai Weiwei and his wife, Lu Qing (路青) , was “no charity from the government” (不是什么政府给我们的恩赐). Gao said, “Lu Qing and our family have made numerous emphatic requests to the...
Beijing rights activist Yang Qiuyu (杨秋雨) has been ordered to serve two years of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事).
On February 18, 2011, Guizhou Human Rights Symposium member Lu Yongxiang was taken away by the Guiyang police and was illegally detained for 24 days. During that time, Lu suffered mistreatment, including often being deprived of breakfast and drinking water, and having to sleep with television...
In a revision of the central pillar of China’s state secrets system – the Law on Guarding State Secrets 1 (State Secrets Law) – the Chinese government has tightened its control of the flow of information in the digital age.

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