Guo Quan (郭泉)

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Guo Quan (郭泉)

Guo Quan 郭泉

Current Detention

Crime: Subversion of state power

Length of Punishment: 10 years’ imprisonment

Court: Suqian Intermediate People’s Court

Trial date: August 7, 2009

Sentencing date: October 16, 2009

Dates of Detention/Arrest: November 13, 2008 (detained), December 19, 2008 (arrested)

Place of Detention: Pukon Prison (Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province)

Verdict: Jiangsu Province Suqian Intermediate People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese only)

Defence Statement: First-Instance Trial (Chinese)

Verdict: Jiangsu Province Suqian City Intermediate People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese)

Appeal Sentencing Date:December 22, 2009

Appeal Sentencing Court: Jiangsu Province High People’s Court

Appeal Ruling: Upheld original ruling

Defence Statement: Second-Instance Trial (Chinese)

Verdict: Jiangsu Province High People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Second-Instance: Chinese)


Guo Quan, born May 8, 1968, was an associate professor at Nanjing Normal University in Jiangsu Province before being barred from teaching due to his activism. In December 2007, Guo established the China Xinmin Party (中国新民党) and went on to serve as its spokesperson. An active writer, he penned a series of online articles entitled “The Voice of Democracy” and other works critical of the one-party system and policies of the local government. Nanjing police briefly detained Guo in May of 2008, after he had discussed with other members of the China Xinmin Party its response to the May 12 Sichuan Earthquake. He was detained again in November of that year, arrested the following month, and was tried for “subversion.” The indictment against Guo accused him of establishing and recruiting members for an “illegal organization,” and of publishing a large number of articles that sought to “overthrow the socialist system.”

During his incarceration, it was reported in 2010 that Guo had grown very thin, and that prison authorities had intercepted correspondence between him and his family.

Further Information

Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its sixty-fifth session, 14–23 November 2012 – No. 59/2012 (China) (English and Chinese)

Submission to UN on Guo Quan, September 26, 2012, CHRD

Nanjing Political Activist Guo Quan Detained on Suspicion of ‘Inciting Subversion’, November 14, 2008, CHRD


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