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) *Previously 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 (read more…)

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Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

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A number of Chinese citizens have faced reprisals for supporting the Hong Kong protests for universal suffrage, which began in September 2014. The occupation of several areas in the territory, including parts of its financial and political center, has inspired many Chinese on the mainland. To date, CHRD has documented (read more…)

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Cao Shunli (曹顺利) & Her Legacy

Cao Shunli (曹顺利) & Her Legacy

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Activist Cao Shunli’s death on March 14, 2014, showed the lengths that China’s leaders are willing to go to suppress civil society voices. Cao Shunli unwaveringly pursued the goal to make use of international human rights mechanisms to improve rights conditions in China. As she said: “In China, those involved (read more…)

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Liu Jiacai (刘家财)

Liu Jiacai (刘家财)

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Hubei-based democracy activist Liu Jiacai (刘家财) was administratively detained for “disrupting public order” for 10 days in August 2013, but on the day of his release, police criminally detained Liu on suspicion of the more serious criminal charge of “inciting subversion.” Prior to his detention, Liu had posted and shared (read more…)

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Huang Wenxun (黄文勋)

Huang Wenxun (黄文勋)

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From Guangdong Province, Huang Wenxun was arrested in Hubei while on an “advocacy tour” called “Enlightening China,” which was intended to encourage citizen activism and spread democratic ideas and rule of law. The tour, initiated by Huang, began in April 2013 and had stopped at nine cities before arriving at (read more…)

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Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强)

Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强)

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Pu Zhiqiang is a prominent human rights lawyer and partner at the Huayi Law Firm in Beijing. Police seized Pu on May 4, 2014, after he had attended a private event the previous day commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. Pu was arrested just as the legal limit for holding him (read more…)

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China: End Impunity for the 1989 Atrocities and Guarantee Right to Redress

China: End Impunity for the 1989 Atrocities and Guarantee Right to Redress

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On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, CHRD urges the Chinese government to end the impunity for gross human rights violations during the 1989 suppression of pro-democracy protests, to stop its suppression of survivors and outspoken critics, to guarantee the victims’ right to obtain redress and (read more…)

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Ren Ziyuan (任自元)

Ren Ziyuan (任自元)

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Ren Ziyuan, born in 1979, was a language and literature teacher at the Zoucheng No. 10 Middle School in Jining, Shandong before he was detained and arrested by the Jining City Public Security Bureau in May 2005 for allegedly trying to form a political party. In 2006, the court claimed (read more…)

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Zhang Lin (张林)

Zhang Lin (张林)

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Prominent Anhui-based activist Zhang Lin was arrested in a nationwide crackdown on freedom of assembly, association, and expression that began in early 2013. Authorities seized Zhang in apparent retaliation for protests in support of his 10-year-old daughter, Anni Zhang, who was blocked by authorities from attending school in Hefei City. (read more…)

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Karma Tsewang (堪布尕玛才旺)

Karma Tsewang (堪布尕玛才旺)

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Karma Tsewang, 38, also known as Khenpo Kartse, is a senior monk from the Gongya Monastery in Nangchen (CH: Nangqian) County in the Yulshul (Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. He is very well known among younger Tibetan Buddhists, particularly for his support for environmental protection and his work (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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