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Huang Fangmei ( 黄芳梅 ) , pen name Huang Jingyi ( 黄静怡 ) , was formally arrested on June 25, 2014 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权) and is currently being held at Wuhan No. 1 Detention Center. Huang was criminally detained on May 17, 2014 after attending a sermon held at...
Editor’s note: Xu Zhiyong , a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on January 26 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu was originally detained in July 2013 after being subjected to four months of house arrest in connection...
“Whether the shoes fit, only the person knows,” states the Chinese delegation today in its closing remarks to the UN Human Rights Council at the second Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights record by UN member states. The Chinese delegation then elaborated: “The Chinese are in the best...
In an open letter on the criminal detention of at least seven individuals who have been calling on government officials to publicly disclose their assets, Xu Zhiyong ( 许志永 ) and nine other lawyers, media workers and entrepreneurs urge the authorities to protect the rights of citizens to freedom of...
Following a petition first released in late February urging the National People’s Congress to ratify the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) , a group of 151 people have signed a new petition similarly addressed to the NPC. This group of signers includes many petitioners,...
In this message to HRIC (Chinese only), lawyer Tang Jitian (唐吉田) describes his detention and questioning by police in Shenzhen on February 1, 2013, when he tried to attend the appeals trial of a former policeman, Wang Dengchao. In 2012, Wang was sentenced to 14 years in prison after attempting to...
Ye Jinghuan (野靖环), a representative from a group of independent candidates for the local people's congress, writes in this essay (Chinese only) of how she, the independent candidates, and a group of villagers went to the Guangqumen Bridge area of Beijing to mourn the victims of the July 21, 2012...
[Remember June Fourth] On the 23rd anniversary of the crackdown of the 1989 Democracy Movement, four Shanghai petitioners publicly commemorated the June Fourth Tiananmen Massacre by holding placards on People’s Square in the center of Shanghai.
Translation by HRIC China’s Internet censorship system is divided into the blocking of information from outside China and the censoring of information from within. More has been written about the blocking of information from outside China, which is accomplished chiefly by the Great Firewall (GFW).
Translation by HRIC “中国政府在驳斥对互联网自由指控时,总是强调有多少网民多少博客,国新办《中国互联网状况》也如是。这种逻辑基本和我骂你是傻逼,你却说自己身高190,相貌堂堂一样。” “The Chinese government, in refuting criticisms on Internet freedom, always emphasizes the number of Internet users and bloggers, including in the Internet White Paper. This logic is akin to when I...

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