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Tong Liya and former husband Han Zhongming, a Shanghai rights defender who petitioned and then sued the government over being forcibly evicted and relocated, were followed for 24 hours and watched from outside their temporary home by eight unidentified non-locals beginning September 22. Han has...
In this letter, “Look Back and Forward,” activist Su Changlan, who is being detained in Nanhai District Detention Center in Foshan City, Guangdong, explains the reason for her detention and thanks her lawyers and people outside for their support. With her trial approaching, she expresses that she...
On January 19, 2015, Shanghai petitioner Chen Ruiming ( 陈瑞明 ) was detained by police and was kept in an iron cage for 24 hours while in custody. Chen Ruiming’s wife Li Yufang ( 李玉芳) , also a petitioner, gave the following account of what happened that day. Around 10:00 a.m., she and her husband, in...
Shanghai rights defender, Li Yufang (李玉芳), was released from prison on December 18, 2014 after completing a one-year sentence for “obstructing official business.”
Shanghai petitioner Li Yufang ( 李玉芳 ) was arrested on January 2, 2014, on the charge of “obstructing official business,” according to her husband, Chen Ruiming ( 陈瑞明 ) . Li was first detained on December 19, 2013, by the Yangpu District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, following an...
This book demolishes one of the last surviving myths about communist rule in China: that there was a “Golden Era” from the time of “liberation” in 1949 until the launch of the Great Leap Forward in 1958. For too many people outside China, the idea has prevailed for too long that this was a period...
In order to implement the New Countryside Plan, the Yushan Development District of Jinxiang County, Shandong Province demanded that farmers leave their land and homes and move into low-quality apartment buildings. The farmers refused to sign their eviction contracts and move. In the early morning...
Xu Shunmei (徐顺妹) , a petitioner from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, had attempted to petition in Beijing to reveal the seizure of her village’s land by local government through the collusion between local government officials and businesses. She recounts in this video, which is in Chinese, her...

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