China: Free Arbitrarily Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Yu Wensheng

China: Free Arbitrarily Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Yu Wensheng

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A Chinese court secretly handed down a four-year prison sentence to lawyer Yu Wensheng for “inciting subversion of state power.” The persecution of Yu Wensheng in reprisal for exercising and defending human rights and the grave injustices involved in this case demand his immediate and unconditional release.

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COVID-19 and Human Rights in China

COVID-19 and Human Rights in China

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Database of Cases CHRD has documented 897 cases involving Chinese Internet users penalized by police for their online speech or information sharing about coronavirus between January 1 and March 26, 2020. The full bilingual Chinese and English list can be found here. Reports/Statements China: Stop Using COVID-19 for Unnecessary Restrictions (read more…)

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Enforcing Amnesia, China Detained and Intimidated Activists Around 31st Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

Enforcing Amnesia, China Detained and Intimidated Activists Around 31st Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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Police in cities across China disappeared, detained, and harassed activists during the period around the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

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1989 Student Protester Chen Yunfei Secretly Detained Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

1989 Student Protester Chen Yunfei Secretly Detained Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

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Chengdu police reportedly took away activist Chen Yunfei from his home in the Wenjiang District on May 31, 2020.

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Poet Wang Zang Detained by Yunnan Police for “Inciting Subversion”

Poet Wang Zang Detained by Yunnan Police for “Inciting Subversion”

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Yunnan police seized poet Wang Zang on May 30, 2020. They accused him of “inciting subversion of state power” and raided his home.

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Guangdong Activist Detained for Online Expression of Support to Hong Kong

Guangdong Activist Detained for Online Expression of Support to Hong Kong

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Guangdong police detained activist Xiao Yuhui and several other members of a WeChat group that reposted “One Message per Person to Save Hong Kong.”

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Sichuan Activist Detained for Protest for Lack of Representation by “People’s Congress”

Sichuan Activist Detained for Protest for Lack of Representation by “People’s Congress”

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Chengdu police detained activist Xie Junbiao on May 10, 2020 following his protest that morning outside the Sichuan Provincial People’s Assembly.

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Distributing Pro-Democracy Flyers, Woman Is Put under Psychiatric Detention

Distributing Pro-Democracy Flyers, Woman Is Put under Psychiatric Detention

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Beijing police detained a local Shandong government official for distributing flyers and then sent her back to her hometown and forcibly committed her to a psychiatric hospital.

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Chinese Authorities Target Speech on Twitter in Criminalizing Free Expression

Chinese Authorities Target Speech on Twitter in Criminalizing Free Expression

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Beijing activist Quan Shixin has been indicted and faces trial on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for using Twitter. Wang Yong and Gao Jinbiao were recently tried, convited, and given prison sentences for using Twitter.

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China: Reverse Decision to Impose National Security Law on Hong Kong

China: Reverse Decision to Impose National Security Law on Hong Kong

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The Chinese government must reverse its decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. Imposing a CCP-drafted national security law in Hong Kong would mean stripping away any remaining human rights and fundamental freedoms of Hong Kong residents.

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Police Take Away Journalist Jiang Xue After Her Article Mourning Dr. Li Wenliang

Police Take Away Journalist Jiang Xue After Her Article Mourning Dr. Li Wenliang

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Xi’an Police seized prominent journalist Jiang Xue on May 18. Her whereabouts and the criminal charges against her are unknown.

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Police Detain Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan, Who Reported on COVID-19 in Wuhan

Police Detain Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan, Who Reported on COVID-19 in Wuhan

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Shanghai police criminally detained citizen journalist and activist Zhang Zhan on May 15, 2020, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” She had been reporting from Wuhan since February about the coronavirus pandemic.

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