Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015)

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Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015)

Updated: April 5, 2016

This partial data has been compiled by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) as a project launched in March 2013. It is based on information collected from reports by human rights organizations working in mainland China. The data focus on the period from January 1, 2012 onward. The documentation includes 2,761 cases of human rights defenders who, during the period, are known/believed to have been deprived of liberty for at least five (5) days, and those known to have been tortured or inhumanely treated in retaliation for their rights advocacy work, regardless of length of detention.

The first table documents 704 cases from January 1 – December 31, 2015. The second table documents 968 cases from January 1 – December 31, 2014. The third table lists information from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013, a period in which 1,089 cases were documented (564 cases from 2013 & 525 cases from 2012). [*Note: The third table also includes an additional 87 cases from before 2012 that are not included in the total figure of arbitrary detentions from 2012 to present].

Cases are listed in descending chronological order of date of initial detention, with the most recent cases first.

FOR WEB_Partial data 2015.12.31_ImageSee the entire 2015 list of partial data on deprivation of liberty and torture of HRDs compiled by CHRD through December 31, 2015.


FOR WEB_Partial data 2014.12.31 FINAL(2015) image

See the entire 2014 list of partial data on deprivation of liberty and torture of HRDs compiled by CHRD through December 31, 2014.


partial data 2013 & earlier (2015) FINAL imageSee the entire list of partial data on deprivation of liberty and torture of HRDs compiled by CHRD of 2013 and earlier.

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