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In the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth Democracy Movement, many Chinese activists have been detained. A group of 25 Chinese lawyers have issued this statement calling on authorities to abide by Chinese law in the treatment of the recently detained citizens. For more...
This ad was published by 70 Hong Kong financial professionals to warn Beijing against political interference. The English version was posted on the Facebook page of “Financial Professionals for Occupy Central”: http://on.fb.me/1ptyeLu Ten Requests to the Communist Party of China from the People in...
[Translation by volunteers] We, Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie, make the following statement in regards to the unlawful detention of lawyers and other citizens by the Jiansanjiang Agribusiness Reclamation Public Security Bureau in Heilongjiang Province: 1. The Legal...
Four citizen activists involved in public calls for high-ranking officials to reveal their assets in 2013 have each been found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Two of them— Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜 ) and Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) — were accused of planning street actions in...
A joint appeal issued by lawyers and citizens to the Standing Committees of the National People’s Congress and of the Heilongjiang Provincial People's Congress, which challenges the legality of the existence of the General Bureau of Farm Reclamation of Heilongjiang. In the appeal, the lawyers and...
This is the draft defense statement by one of Zhang Baocheng’s former lawyers, prepared for the original trial on January 27, 2014. In that trial, in protest of procedural problems, Zhang dismissed his lawyers and forced an adjournment of the trial. (The new trial took place on April 8, and Zhang...
In his defense statement for Zhang Baocheng, lawyer Ge Yongxi argues that the procedural irregularities prove that the trial is nothing but reprisal against a human rights defender. He argues that the evidence, especially video of the peaceful assemblies for which Zhang was indicted, proves that...
  • Lawyers and citizens declare hunger strike outside Qixing Detention Center, Jiangsanjiang, Heilongjiang, to protest unlawful detention of rights lawyers and citizens. March 25, 2014.
In the days following the March 21 detention of four lawyers — Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , Tang Jitian ( 唐吉田 ) , Wang Cheng ( 王成 ) , and Zhang Junjie ( 张俊杰 ) —and approximately 20 citizens , in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, the authorities rounded up and questioned scores of other lawyers...
On March 21, 2014, four rights defense lawyers, Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), Wang Cheng (王成) , and Zhang Junjie (张俊杰) , as well as an unknown number of citizens were detained by police authorities in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (黑龙江省建三江). Their detention took place one day after...
Empty Promises: Human Rights Protections and China's Criminal Procedure Law

This study evaluates the effect of the 1996 amendment of China’s Criminal Procedure Law (CPL, enacted in 1979) and shows that the Chinese authorities have circumvented the CPL’s rights safeguards by exploiting loopholes, watering down existing provisions, and blatantly violating the law. In some areas, the revisions have actually resulted in greater limitations on rights. Includes HRIC’s recommendations on steps that China and the international community can take to improve respect for international human rights norms in China’s criminal justice system.

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