Li Shuyun (李姝云)

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Li Shuyun (李姝云)

Li Shuyun  李姝云

Li Shuyun

Crime: Subversion of state power

Length of Punishment: N/A

Court: N/A

Trial Date: N/A

Sentencing Date: N/A/

Dates of Detention/Arrest: July 10, 2015 (detained); January 8, 2016 (arrested); April 8, 2016 (released); April 7, 2017 (criminal case dropped)

Place of Incarceration: Tianjin No. 1 Detention Center

Background Information

Li Shuyun, a trainee lawyer with Beijing Fengrui Law Firm, has been arrested in the crackdown on human rights lawyers in China, with her law firm the main focus of investigation. Tianjin Municipality Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers initially seized her from her home on July 10, 2015, and took away a computer and hard disk. They claimed they were working with Beijing police and that they were investigating a “criminal case.” She was forcibly disappeared in the months prior to her arrest. On January 12, 2016, Li’s lawyer, Lu Zhimin (陆智敏), was informed by a guard at Tianjin No. 1 Detention Center that his request to visit her was denied because she had engaged a new lawyer. Her father later released an open letter asking the new lawyer to contact them. Li reportedly worked as an assistant with Fengrui Law Firm’s director Zhou Shifeng (周世), who was also arrested in January 2016.

She was released on “bail pending further investigation” on April 8, 2016. Following her release on bail, Li was too afraid to speak out and her supporters couldn’t contact her. Authorities eventually dropped the criminal case against her on April 7, 2017. She reportedly is considering going back to university, as she is too afraid to continue as a trainee in a law firm. On May 14, 2017, Li posted her first public account of conditions in detention, allegeding that authorities tortured her. She reported being forced to stand for 16 hours a day, being forced to taken an unknown medication for months, sit for extended periods on a stool, and shared the same room as death penalty suspects.

Born 1991, Li Shuyun graduated from Henan University of Science and Technology before going on to work for Beijing Fengrui Law Firm. She had not yet obtained her lawyer’s license before her detention.


Further Information

Politically Charged Arrests in China Escalate Persecution of Rights Lawyers, January 14, 2016, CHRD

[CHRB] What Happened to the Detained Lawyers: 18 Held in Secret & Several Accused of “Endangering National Security” (8/12-20/2015), CHRD

Individuals Affected by July 10 Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, July 16, 2015, CHRD

China: Halt Police Operations Targeting Human Rights Lawyers as “National Security” Threat, July 13, 2015, CHRD

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