Li Wei (李蔚)

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Li Wei (李蔚)

Li Wei Ÿ  李蔚


Li wei

Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place

Length of Punishment: Two years

Court: Haidian District People’s Court

Trial Date: April 8, 2014

Sentencing Date: April 18, 2014

Dates of Detention/Arrest: April 10, 2013 (detained); May 17, 2013 (arrested); April 10, 2015 (released)

Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 3 Detention Center

Indictment: Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Procuratorate Indictment (English and Chinese)

Verdict: Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Court Criminal Verdict (Chinese)


Li Wei, born 1971, was detained in April 2013 after taking part in demonstrations to protest  the banning of Annie Zhang (张安妮), the daughter of Anhui dissident Zhang Lin (张林), from attending school. Prior to his current detention, he was actively involved in the New Citizens’ Movement, a loose network of activists and lawyers promoting social justice and legal reforms. He participated in an anti-corruption campaign that began in late 2012 and defended the right to education in Beijing. Initially detained on charges of “illegal assembly,” his trial was delayed after he dismissed his attorney—a move intended to object to an unjust and hasty trial. Li Wei was wrongly convicted of intentional homicide in 2008 and spent four years in prison. He began to petition against the injustice he suffered while helping others in rights-defense activities, such as rescuing petitioners from illegal “black jails.” Li Wei’s first trial, held on January 27, 2014, was postponed after Li dismissed his lawyer in protest over procedural violations. Li was released at the end of his sentence in April 2015.

Further Information

Four New Citizens’ Movement Activists Sentenced in Beijing, April 18, 2014, CHRD

Individuals Detained in Crackdown on Peaceful Assembly, Association & Expression, July 17, 2013, CHRD

Chinese Authorities Must Release Activists, End Escalating Crackdown on Free Expression, April 19, 2013, CHRD

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