Yuan Dong (袁冬)

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Yuan Dong (袁冬)

Yuan Dong Ÿ 袁冬


Yuan dong

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

Length of Punishment: 18 months

Court: Haidian District People’s Court (Beijing Municipality)

Trial Date: January 24, 2014

Sentencing Date: January 29, 2014

Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 31, 2013 (detained); May 7, 2013 (arrested); September 30, 2014 (released)

Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 3 Detention Center


Beijing police seized Yuan Dong  along with three fellow activists, Ma Xinli (马新利), Zhang Baocheng (张宝成) and Hou Xin (侯欣) in March 2013 after they held a demonstration in Beijing’s Xidan district calling on officials to disclose their wealth. The protest was part of an anti-corruption campaign that began in late 2012, spearheaded by the New Citizens’ Movement—a loose network of activists promoting social justice and legal reforms. Originally detained on charges of “unlawful assembly,” Yuan was tried and convicted in January 2014 of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” Born in Henan in 1968, Yuan had been working as a stockbroker since 2007.

Further Information

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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