Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜)

Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜)

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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. 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 (read more…)

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Submission to UN on Tang Jingling, Wang Qingying, and Yuan Xinting – July 9, 2014

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Submission to: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Special Rapporteur on the (read more…)

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Zhao Changqing (赵常青)

Zhao Changqing (赵常青)

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Activist Zhao Changqing (赵常青), originally from Shaanxi Province, has been incarcerated and put under soft detention many times for his longtime political activism. His current detention is part of a nationwide crackdown on civil society that started in late March 2013. Born in 1969, Zhao has been active in pro-democracy (read more…)

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Wang Kouma (王扣玛)

Wang Kouma (王扣玛)

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Shanghai police initially detained Wang Kouma on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb order of a public place” but then convicted him of “creating a disturbance.” He was held for nearly a year before receiving a hearing, and tried along with fellow activist Wei Qin (魏勤).

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Choedar (确扎), Sonam Gonpo (索朗贡布), Sonam Choedar (索南确达)

Choedar (确扎), Sonam Gonpo (索朗贡布), Sonam Choedar (索南确达)

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Three monks from Wonpo Monastery in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, Choedar, Sonam Gonpo, and Sonam Choedar, were sentenced in September 2013 for unknown crimes after being held incommunicado for nearly a year. Since the Tibetan uprising in 2008, the Wonpo area has been under tight (read more…)

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[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

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A court has sent Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie (张少杰) to prison for 12 years, an indication of the CCP’s uneasiness with rights activism connected to religious institutions. Rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常柏阳) was formally arrested on July 3 on a charge of “illegal business activity,” apparently due to his work (read more…)

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Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

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CHRD launched the Medical Watch List on June 26 to mark the UN’s International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. There are 11 cases of currently detained or imprisoned individuals who suffer from deteriorating health and have been deprived of adequate medical treatment and denied release on medical grounds. (read more…)

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Reply to Chinese Government Response on Xing Shiku – November 8, 2013

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Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) respectfully submits the following reply to the Chinese government’s response to the communiqué on Mr. XING Shiku. Upon receiving the response from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, CHRD contacted a group inside China that has been in touch with Mr. Xing’s wife. The group (read more…)

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Dong Rubin (董如彬)

Dong Rubin (董如彬)

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Chinese blogger and Internet activist Dong Rubin was sentenced to 6 and 1/2 years in prison in July 2014. In addition to handing down a lengthy prison term, the Court fined Dong 350,000 yuan (nearly US$ 57,000). Seized in the previous September, Dong told the judge that he was subjected (read more…)

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China: Reverse Travesty of Justice, Free Persecuted Human Rights Defenders in Jiangxi

China: Reverse Travesty of Justice, Free Persecuted Human Rights Defenders in Jiangxi

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CHRD condemns the harsh punishments issued to Jiangxi activists Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华) and demands their immediate release. The activists were sentenced by the Yushui County District Court in Xinyu City on June 19, over 14 months after they were first detained and more (read more…)

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[CHRB] Labor Activist Criminally Detained, Torture at Hangzhou Police Station (4/28-5/1/2014)

[CHRB] Labor Activist Criminally Detained, Torture at Hangzhou Police Station (4/28-5/1/2014)

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Police in Guangdong Province criminally detained labor activist Lin Dong (林东) on April 22 for allegedly posting information online about the strike at the Yuyuan shoe factory in Dongguan City that began on April 14. Chu Liang (初亮), a China Democracy Party member, was interrogated and tortured by police on (read more…)

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Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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Two months before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, authorities in China began detaining, disappearing, questioning, and intimidating Chinese dissidents, human rights lawyers and activists, journalists, and others. Many of the targeted individuals took part in the pro-democracy demonstrations in the spring of 1989. CHRD has documented 152 individuals (read more…)

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