[CHRB] Revised Measures on Law Firms Further Curb Independence of Chinese Lawyers (9/21-10/3, 2016)

[CHRB] Revised Measures on Law Firms Further Curb Independence of Chinese Lawyers (9/21-10/3, 2016)

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The newly amended “Administrative Measures for Law Firms” will further restrict lawyers from exercising their professional duties in defending clients’ rights involved in high-risk political cases.

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[CHRB] Police Stamp Out Protests in Wukan Village; New Developments in “709 Crackdown” Cases (9/13-20, 2016)

[CHRB] Police Stamp Out Protests in Wukan Village; New Developments in “709 Crackdown” Cases (9/13-20, 2016)

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Guangdong police violently put down months-long protests in Wukan Village, injuring many villagers and detaining at least a dozen. Elsewhere, “709 Crackdown” activist Yin Xu’an was tried behind closed doors by a Hubei court.

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[CHRB] Chinese Police Seize Dozens of Activists, Petitioners Prior to G20 Summit in Hangzhou (8/19-9/2, 2016)

[CHRB] Chinese Police Seize Dozens of Activists, Petitioners Prior to G20 Summit in Hangzhou (8/19-9/2, 2016)

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CHRD has documented dozens of cases of deprived liberty of activists and petitioners as part of the Chinese government’s “stability maintenance” measures before the G20 Summit of world leaders opening this Sunday in Hangzhou.

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[CHRB] China’s Persecution of Online Speech Targets Lawyer, Migrant Worker; New UN Ruling on “Arbitrary” Detention Met With Defiance (7/1-13, 2016)

[CHRB] China’s Persecution of Online Speech Targets Lawyer, Migrant Worker; New UN Ruling on “Arbitrary” Detention Met With Defiance (7/1-13, 2016)

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In recent cases of deprived free speech, Chinese authorities have criminally detained defense lawyer Ren Quanniu and rights defender Hu Changgen, the latter on a terror-related charge, in retaliation for their online expression. Also, activist Guo Feixiong remains imprisoned despite a UN ruling for him to be freed.

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[CHRB] Activists Detained or Facing Trial for Exercising Free Expression (6/22-30, 2016)

[CHRB] Activists Detained or Facing Trial for Exercising Free Expression (6/22-30, 2016)

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Since mid-June, Chinese authorities have kept up persecution of activists who have exercised their free expression rights. Three such rights defenders have recently faced trial—and another is set to be tried on June 30—while two citizen journalists were criminally detained for sharing data online about public protests.

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[CHRB] 2 Veteran Democracy Activists Get Long Sentences for “Subversion” (6/17-6/21, 2016)

[CHRB] 2 Veteran Democracy Activists Get Long Sentences for “Subversion” (6/17-6/21, 2016)

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A Chinese court handed two long-time democracy activists lengthy prison sentences on June 17 after convicting them of “subversion of state power,” adding to a string of harsh punishments for dissidents under the reign of President Xi Jinping. Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) was given 11 years’ imprisonment while activist Chen Shuqing (read more…)

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[CHRB] 10 Activists Criminally Detained for Memorializing June 4th (6/3-6/8, 2016)

[CHRB] 10 Activists Criminally Detained for Memorializing June 4th (6/3-6/8, 2016)

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Police criminally detained 10 activists before the 27-year anniversary of June 4th, as Chinese citizens continue to face persecution for commemorating the crushing of the 1989 pro-democracy movement. Beginning on May 27, activists Li Meiqing, Li Wei, Liang Taiping, Lu Fuhai, Luo Yaling, Ma Qing, Ma Xinli, Xu Caihong, Zhang (read more…)

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[CHRB] Family Notified of Activist’s Arrest 226 Days After He Disappeared in Myanmar (5/19/2016)

[CHRB] Family Notified of Activist’s Arrest 226 Days After He Disappeared in Myanmar (5/19/2016)

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Activist Xing Qingxian (幸清贤), who has been disappeared for over seven months after being abducted in Myanmar, was formally arrested on May 6 on suspicion of “organizing others to cross national borders.” Xing is apparently being held in Tianjin Municipal No. 2 Detention Center—the first known confirmation of his exact (read more…)

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[CHRB] Inner Mongolians Detained for Exposing & Protesting Environmental Ruin, Violated Land Rights (5/13-18/2016)

[CHRB] Inner Mongolians Detained for Exposing & Protesting Environmental Ruin, Violated Land Rights (5/13-18/2016)

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In a string of suppressive actions since March, police have detained several Inner Mongolian activists, petitioners, and herders in retaliation for exposing or protesting industrial pollution and corruption over land rights that have threatened their livelihoods. Six individuals remain in custody, with one held incommunicado and, thus, at significant risk (read more…)

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[CHRB] Forced Psychiatric Commitment of Dissidents Continues as Police Act Above Enacted Law (4/29-5/5, 2016)

[CHRB] Forced Psychiatric Commitment of Dissidents Continues as Police Act Above Enacted Law (4/29-5/5, 2016)

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Forced commitment in psychiatric facilities remains a common form of retaliation and punishment by Chinese authorities against activists and government critics. The practice endures though it is apparently illegal, according to China’s first Mental Health Law, which was enacted three years ago, on May 1, 2013. Typically, government officials or (read more…)

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[CHRB] China Must Release 5 Activists on Trial: Cases Marred by Abuses (4/13-21/2016)

[CHRB] China Must Release 5 Activists on Trial: Cases Marred by Abuses (4/13-21/2016)

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Four detained human rights defenders have been tried since April 15, and a fifth is facing trial on April 22. All have spent lengthy periods of time in detention without seeing a judge, including two who have been held for almost three years. The activists—Liu Shaoming, Yuan Bing, Yuan Xiaohua, (read more…)

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[CHRB] What You Need to Know About Last Week’s Prison Sentences & Xi Jinping’s 2014 Crackdowns (4/1-4/12, 2016)

[CHRB] What You Need to Know About Last Week’s Prison Sentences & Xi Jinping’s 2014 Crackdowns (4/1-4/12, 2016)

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Prison sentences recently given to six human right defenders are reminders of ongoing arbitrary detentions and relentless persecution of dissent in China under Xi Jinping’s rule. The six activists were convicted on April 8 of “inciting subversion of state power” in Guangdong and Hubei, and sentenced to terms of between (read more…)

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