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Ding Jiaxi 丁家喜
Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place
Length of Punishment: three years and six months
Court: Haidian District People’s Court
Trial Date: April 8, 2014
Sentencing Date: April 18, 2014
Dates of Detention/Arrest: April 17, 2013 (detained); May 24, 2013 (arrested); October 16, 2016 (released)
Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 2 Prison
Indictment: Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Procuratorate Indictment (English and Chinese)
Verdict: Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese)
Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), a Beijing-based rights lawyer, was taken into custody in April 2013 after police raided his home, office, and car. He was held in the Beijing No. 3 Detention Centre until his trial a year later. Ding was involved in an anti-corruption campaign that started that spring with calls for the disclosure of top Chinese officials’ financial assets. Police had been closely monitoring his role in the “New Citizens Movement,” a loose network of activists spearheaded by the professor and legal advocate Xu Zhiyong (许志永) that has promoted social justice and political and legal reforms. His first trial, held on January 27, 2014, was postponed after Ding’s lawyer resigned in protest over legal and procedural violations. Ding was released from prison on October 16, 2016 at the end of his sentence.
Born in 1968, Ding Jiaxi began his activism in 2010 by pushing for the right of migrant workers’ children to take college entrance exams at the location of their current residence rather than needing to return to a place of origin. He also has offered legal assistance and provided food to petitioners in Beijing.