Chen Wei (陈卫)

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Chen Wei (陈卫)

Chen Wei 陈卫


chen-wei1Current Detention

Crime:  Inciting subversion of state power 

Length of Punishment: 9 years in prison, 2 years’ deprivation of political rights

Court:  Suining Intermediate People’s Court 

Trial date: December 23, 2011 Sentencing date:  December 23, 2011 

Dates of Detention/Arrest:  February 20, 2011 (detention), March 28, 2011 (arrest); February 20, 2020 (released)

Place of Detention: Jialing Prison (Nanchong City, Sichuan Province)

Verdict: Sichuan Province Suining Intermediate People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese only)


Chen, born February 21, 1969, was a 1989 Tiananmen student protester from the Beijing Institute of Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering. He was imprisoned in Qincheng Prison and released in January 1991. In May 1992, Chen was again arrested for commemorating June 4 and organizing a political party on the charge of “counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement,” and was sentenced to five years in prison. Chen emerged as a leader in organizing human rights actions in Sichuan Province, where he lived in Suining City, at the start of the 2010s. He had been frequently harassed by police, placed under tight surveillance, and had restrictions placed on his movement, including at least one occasion in which he was prevented from leaving the country to attend a training on international human rights mechanisms. Chen was taken into custody during the “Jasmine Revolution” crackdown in February 2011 after posting four articles online about democracy and human rights. Prior to his trial in December 2011, his lawyer was repeatedly prevented from meeting him in detention. Chen Wei was released in February 2020 at the end of his sentence.

Further Information

CHRD Letter to UN Legal Expert Regarding Deprivation of Detainees’ Right to Legal Counsel, August 18, 2014, CHRD

Opinions Adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its sixty-third session, 30 April – 4 May 2012 – No. 7/2012 (China) Chen Wei (English version) (Chinese version)

“Veteran Democracy Activist Chen Wei Gets 9 Years for Speech Crime”, December 23, 2011, CHRD

Submission to UN on Chen Wei: Communiqué on behalf of Chen Wei, citizen of People’s Republic of China, Alleging Arbitrary Arrest or Detention and Prosecution of Human Rights Defenders, July 6, 2011, CHRD

Individuals Affected by the Crackdown Following Call for “Jasmine Revolution”, April 14, 2011, CHRD

“A Quiet Crackdown, Yet Likely the Harshest in Recent Years”, February 25, 2011, CHRD

Submission to UN on Wang Keqin, Chen Wei, Xie Qiang: Human Rights Defenders Prevented from Attending Training on UN Mechanisms in Geneva – Chinese Authorities Violate Right to Participate in International Human Rights Activities, September 21, 2009, CHRD

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