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Chen Kegui (陈可贵) , nephew of blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), is facing charges of intentional homicide after wounding several intruders into his home in the course of self-defense . The incident took place on April 27, 2012, several days after his uncle escaped unlawful house arrest by...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from reliable sources that Yang Chunlin ( 杨春林 ) was released from Xianglan Prison in Heilongjiang Province today, after completing his five-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” He is now subject to two years of deprivation of...
At the request of Ding Zilin, a spokesperson for the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China is releasing an open letter entitled “ To Chai Ling—A Belated Open Letter Response .” HRIC has translated the letter into English (see below). On June 4, 2012, Chai Ling posted online an op-ed piece in...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that rights defenders Zhang Cunqiong ( 张春琼 ) and Gao Shifu ( 高 世 福 ) , both of Baihutou Village in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were released from the Beihai No. 1 Detention Center. Zhang was released on June 6, and Gao on May 25, 2012, both...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from an informed source that the sister and brother-in-law of Li Wangyang (李旺阳) were taken to a hotel today, June 7, and are being held there by the police. Li Wangyang is a Hunan labor activist who was found dead of purported suicide in a hospital room in...
At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is issuing the following essay that commemorates the victims of June Fourth on its 23rd anniversary. In the essay, signed by 150 individuals, the Tiananmen Mothers state that their struggle will not cease, and they will not give...
18th Party Congress Watch (8) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor This is the year of the dragon, traditionally viewed as an unlucky year, often a year of famines. This is certainly the case for the Communist Party. Wang Lijun taking refuge in the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu tossed the Beijing...
The Tiananmen Mothers, a group consisting of victims and relatives of victims of the June Fourth government crackdown of the 1989 protests, reports that one of its members, Ya Weilin ( 轧伟林 ) , has committed suicide. Ya Weilin was 73 three years old and was the father of a young man killed during...
Hu Mingjun ( 胡明军 ) , a democracy activist from Sichuan, and Yuan Xianchen ( 袁显臣 ) , a rights defender from Heilongjiang, are scheduled for release from prison on May 28, 2012. Hu will have served 11 years on charges of “subversion of state power” for writing articles critical of the government and...
On May 17, 2012, the Hong Kong-based online journal iSUN AFFAIRS published the article “ Who Rescued Chen Guangcheng? ” (誰救了陳光誠?東師古村秋後算帳). It gives a detailed account of the escape of the blind legal advocate who later sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing . The article states that the...

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