Cui Fufang (崔福芳)

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Cui Fufang (崔福芳)

Cui Fufang •  崔福芳



Recent Detention

 Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt public order

Length of Punishment: One year

Issuing Body: Shanghai Municipality Reeducation through Labor Management Committee

Decision Date: October 27, 2012

Place of Incarceration: Shanghai Municipality Women’s Re-education through Labor Facility

Dates of Detention/Arrest: September 25, 2012 (criminal detention); mid-August, 2013 (released)


Shanghai human rights activist Cui Fufang (崔福芳) was handed a one-year Reeducation through Labor (RTL) punishment in October 2012, allegedly for attending a memorial for the mother of activist Wang Kouma (王扣玛) that January. A month before this RTL decision came down, and despite having been put under house arrest, Cui was criminally detained on the same charge. It is believed that Shanghai authorities used the RTL punishment to prevent Cui from petitioning in Beijing during the 18th Communist Party Congress in November 2012. Cui was released early from her punishment, in mid-August 2013.

Born on December 28, 1957, Cui Fufang began petitioning in Beijing after her house was demolished for the Shanghai World Exposition, and then became an activist appealing for the rights of others who were imprisoned or sent to RTL. In retaliation, she has been detained, held under house arrest, and thrown into “black jails” many times.

Further Information

Petitioners Held During Talks, November 9, 2012, RFA

Middle Class Protestors March Over World Expo Threat to Shanghai Homes, February 8, 2010, The Telegraph

You Can Protest in China, If You Get Permission, March 17, 2009, NBC News

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