Xu Wanping (许万平)

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Xu Wanping (许万平)

Xu Wanping • 许万平



Recent Detention

Crimes: Inciting subversion of state power

Length of Punishment: 12 years plus 4 years of deprivation of political rights

Court: Chongqing No.1 Intermediate Court

Trial date: November 3, 2005

Sentencing date: December 23, 2005

Place of Incarceration: Yuzhou Prison in Jiangbei District

Dates of Detention/Arrest: April 30, 2005 (detention); May 24, 2005 (arrest); April 29, 2014 (released)

Verdict: Chongqing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese)

Appeal Sentencing Date: February 28, 2006

Appeal Sentencing Court: Chongqing Municipal High People’s Court

Appeal Ruling: Upheld original ruling


Xu Wanping, a democracy and human rights activist, is serving a 12-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power,” handed down in December 2005. The verdict is believed to come in retaliation for Xu’s efforts to establish the “China Action Party” and a local branch of “China Democracy Party.” After Xu was detained, the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟)attempted to be his legal counsel yet was denied access. Later, Xu’s case was tried secretly without informing his family, on the alleged grounds that the case involved “state secrets.” Xu’s emotional health is poor as a result of repeated solitary confinement in prison, and he also suffers from a gastrointestinal condition and other illnesses. Xu has been denied release on medical parole despite repeated requests, and has reportedly been unable to receive adequate medical attention while incarcerated. He was released at the end of his sentence in April 2014.

Born on April 11, 1961, Xu Wanping was a worker activist in Chongqing during the pro-democracy movement in 1989. He was imprisoned for eight years for founding “China Action Party” after the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989. In 1998, he was sent to three years of “Re-education through Labor” for participating in organizing a branch of the “China Democracy Party.” Since 1989, Xu has been imprisoned for a total of 19 years.

Further Information

Rally of “Strongly Require CCP to Release CDP member Xu, Wanping, China Democracy Party, April 7, 2009

An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, CHRD, August 25, 2005

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