Lü Gengsong (吕耿松)

Lü Gengsong (吕耿松)

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Lü Gengsong   吕耿松 *Under medical watch Crime: Subversion of state power Length of Punishment: 11 years Court: Hangzhou City Intermediate People’s Court, Zhejiang Province Trial Date: September 29, 2015 Sentencing Date: June 17, 2016 Dates of Detention/Arrest: July 7, 2014 (detained); August 13, 2014 (arrested) Appeal: Court unknown Appeal (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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Keeping June 4th Memories Alive: Q&A With Members of China’s “Post-1990s” Generation

Keeping June 4th Memories Alive: Q&A With Members of China’s “Post-1990s” Generation

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Since 1989, the Chinese Communist Party has enforced a policy of denial about the 1989 Tiananmen protests and their violent suppression. Authorities have suppressed demands by victims’ families for justice and any efforts to commemorate those who died when government troops opened fire on peaceful protesters. The government has scrubbed (read more…)

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#RememberJune4th: Former 1989 Participants Currently Detained/Jailed for Continued Rights Activism

#RememberJune4th: Former 1989 Participants Currently Detained/Jailed for Continued Rights Activism

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27 years after the Chinese government’s bloody suppression of the pro-democracy movement, a number of participants in the 1989 movement are currently detained or in prison for continuing their advocacy for human rights and democratic reforms. These individuals played leadership roles or joined the protests in 1989 as young students, (read more…)

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Hu Shigen 胡石根

Hu Shigen 胡石根

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Hu Shigen 胡石根 *Under medical watch Crime: Subversion of state power Length of Punishment: 7.5 years Court: Tianjin Municipal No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court Trial Date: August 3, 2016 Sentencing Date: August 3, 2016 Dates of Detention/Arrest: July 10, 2015 (detained); January 8, 2016 (arrested) Date of Birth: November 14, (read more…)

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End Violence Against Human Rights Lawyers

End Violence Against Human Rights Lawyers

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Since President Xi Jinping came to power in March 2013, there has been a new surge in incidents of violent assaults against human rights lawyers in retaliation for their professional work defending clients in politically “sensitive” cases involving persecuted activists and religious or ethnic minorities. Physical violence by police or (read more…)

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Individuals Affected by July 9 Crackdown on Rights Lawyers

Individuals Affected by July 9 Crackdown on Rights Lawyers

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Massive police operations targeting human right lawyers and coordinated by the Ministry of Public Security began on July 9 across China. The following is a list of detentions, including “residential surveillance” in unknown locations, disappearances (police custody in unknown location for more than 24 hours), and those released after summons (read more…)

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[CHRB] End Persecution of Participants in 1989 Pro-democracy Movement for Their Ongoing Activism

[CHRB] End Persecution of Participants in 1989 Pro-democracy Movement for Their Ongoing Activism

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On the 26th anniversary of the Chinese government’s bloody suppression of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations, scores of individuals who took part in the movement are detained or in prison today for their continuing efforts to promote human rights and democratic reforms. Several activists and lawyers seized last year for marking (read more…)

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Su Changlan (苏昌兰)

Su Changlan (苏昌兰)

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Guangzhou police seized housing and women’s rights activist, Su Changlan (苏昌兰), after she expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began in late September 2014. She was originally summoned for “creating a disturbance,” but police criminally detained her the next day on a more serious charge, “inciting (read more…)

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Yu Shiwen (于世文)

Yu Shiwen (于世文)

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Yu Shiwen (于世文) and his wife, Chen Wei (陈卫), were disappeared on May 23, 2014, until May 28, when their family received a notice saying both of them had been criminally detained on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place.” The charges apparently stem from (read more…)

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Tie Liu (铁流)

Tie Liu (铁流)

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On February 25, the Sichuan court convicting Tie Liu of “illegal business activity” but issuing a suspended sentence in a case fraught with rights abuses. The trial at the Qingyang District People’s Court in Chengdu lasted for about one hour, and the court sentenced Liu to two-and-a-half years in prison, (read more…)

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Gao Yu (高瑜)

Gao Yu (高瑜)

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Gao Yu 高瑜 (released on medical parole) *Under medical watch Crime: Illegally disseminating state secrets overseas Length of Punishment: Seven years Court: Beijing No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court Trial Date: November 21, 2014 Sentencing Date: April 17, 2015 Dates of Detention/Arrest: April 24, 2014 (detained); May 30, 2014 (arrested); November 26, (read more…)

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