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In this short video, Xu Lin, a writer, poet, songwriter, and structural engineer, describes being taken in for questioning on December 17. He says that the Guangzhou police intercepted him when he was taking his kid to school that morning, and accused him of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
Still detained as of December 15, 2015 1. Chen Qilin 2. Qu Hongxia (aka Hutu (Silly) or Maliya (Maria)) (from Shanxi, residing in Beijing) 3. Bao Naigang 4. Wang Su’e (Liaoning) 5. Zhang Zhan (Shijiazhuang, Hebei) 6. Hou Minling (Wenchuan, Sichuan) 7. Sheng Lanfu 8. Chen Wenchang 9. Song Wei (...
Two days after a closed-door hearing on the appeal by 71-year-old veteran journalist Gao Yu ( 高瑜 ) , the Beijing High People’s Court ruled today to reduce her sentence by two years. In a separate decision, the Beijing Municipal No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court, the court of first instance,...
Human rights lawyer Li Heping has been missing since July 10, 2015, when he was forcibly taken from his home by unidentified persons. His wife, Wang Qiaoling, filed this administrative complaint, her second, with the Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court, stating that public security organs...
On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being...
See Chinese original . On June 18, 2004, I was in Xian when I heard about the poetry lecture courses that were being held by the Shanxi College of Literature, and Mr. Song Lin was invited to attend. Song Lin, who had lived in France, was my poetry mentor, and I hadn’t seen him in 14 years. I was...
In a statement of protest (see below), Shi Tao, a journalist who served eight years of a ten-year prison term, says that contents in his social networking WeChat account were deleted in recent days, in the lead up to the 26th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...
China’s revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law) goes into effect today. Passed on April 29, 2010, the same day that a major policy report on the Internet 1 was presented to the National People’s Congress, the revised State Secrets Law is a legal upgrade designed to place broader...
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.
[English Translation by Human Rights in China, July 2009. Translation of Articles 1-51 based on the English translation of the 1989 Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets by the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China.] The ninth session of the Standing Committee of...

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