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In the morning of July 21, 2014, after lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平 ) was denied a meeting at the Jiaozuo Detention Center with his clients Xu Youchen ( 许有臣 ) and Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉 ) , who were being held on suspicion of intentional homicide, he went to the Zhongzhan police substantion—which is...
On July 7, 2014, Lü Gengsong, member of the China Democracy Party’s Zhejiang Committee, was criminally detained on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” Ding Xikui, a lawyer with the Mo Shaoping Law Firm in Beijing, was retained by Lü’s family as defense counsel. On July 17, Ding traveled to...
The Henan case of Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉) and Xu Youchen ( 许有臣) , suspected of intentional homicide, is under investigation. Their defense lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平) applied to the Zhongzhan District Public Security Bureau of Jiaozuo, Henan, for a meeting with his clients but was denied. Moreover,...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] The ongoing nationwide crackdown of activists in China has brought bad news every day. Within three weeks, more than 60 intellectuals and rights defenders have been detained. Among them are rights protection lawyers Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), Liu Shihui (刘士辉), Tang...
In this appeal argument submitted to the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court for the second-instance trial of human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi ( 丁家喜) , lawyer Tang Tianhao ( 唐天昊) highlighted numerous procedural irregularities, rebutted the conclusions of the original guilty verdict,...
Ding Jiaxi's ( 丁家喜) second-instance trial lawyer Cheng Hai (程海) argues in this statement that under the Constitution, Ding has the right to demand officials to disclose their assets and call for educational equality. The statement was also submitted as a complaint against 125 judges, prosecutors,...
Zhang Zanning ( 张赞宁) , who represents lawyer Ji Laisong ( 姬来松) , has filed a complaint before the Zhengzhou Municipal People's Procuratorate against the Zhengzhou Public Security Bureau's Erligang Sub-branch for allegedly fabricating facts and criminal charges against Ji, and illegally criminally...
In this statement, lawyers Pang Kun (庞琨) and Wen Yu (闻宇), who represent detained lawyer Chang Boyang (常伯阳), describe how the Zhengzhou authorities have continuously obstructed them from meeting with their client, on the basis that Chang's alleged actions are "national security crimes" and that...
Weiquan— rights defense—lawyering had two defining characteristics prior to the 2010-2011 crackdown on lawyers and civil society activists. First, weiquan lawyers were high-profile in their style of lawyering and did not shy away from political issues. They courageously accepted cases that other...
Without holding hearings, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court ruled against the appeals by citizen activists Zhao Changqing ( 赵常青 ) and Zhang Baocheng ( 张宝成 ) and upheld their first-instance verdicts. They were both found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” (...

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