CRD Condemns Chinese Security Officials’ Attempt to Run Over Human Rights Lawyer

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We are deeply concerned about the personal safety of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, after his claim that cars he believes belong to the security services attempted to run him down on the night of January 17, 2006. These cars were illegally covering their license plates so that Gao could not (read more…)

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International Women’s Day Marked by Detention and Harassment of Women Human Rights Defenders

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Today, as government officials make speeches in many cities to mark the International Women’s Day, a national holiday in China, two women human rights defenders, Ma Yalian and Mao Hengfeng, remain detained by Shanghai police, family visits denied, and detention locations undisclosed. Other women activists, including AIDS activists, housing petitioners, (read more…)

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CRD Protest Five-Year Sentence of Internet Writer Zhang Lin

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CRD and Citizen Rights Defense Net (CRDN) protests the sentence of Internet writer Zhang Lin to five years in prison and four years deprivation of political rights by Bengbu Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Anhui Province on 28 July 2005. (See Appendix, Bengbu Municipal Intermediate People’s Court, “Zhang Lin ‘Criminal (read more…)

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CRD Deplores Continued House Arrest of Chen Guangcheng

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CRD deplores continued house arrest of human rights activist and barefoot lawyer Cheng Guangcheng and abuses against villagers seeking to support him “They have detained and tortured villagers who opposed their family planning enforcement tactics. For almost a year now, they have used ill-treatment including tying a person to a (read more…)

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Victims of Housing Rights Violation Barred from Seeking Redress

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Without Protection of Civil-Political Rights, Victims of Housing Rights Violation Barred from Seeking Redress CRD has been asked to publicize an open letter to Shanghai authorities signed by 428 housing activists. In the letter released on 28 November, 2005, the activists protest about police intercepting and forcing them to return (read more…)

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Disappearance and Detention of Hunger Strikers

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Joint Statement by CRD and Citizen Rights Defense Net On Disappearance and Detention of Hunger Strikers We are deeply concerned about the fate of several individuals who have disappeared and been detained after participating in the hunger strike marathon started by the Beijing lawyer Gao Zhisheng on February 8, 2006, (read more…)

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End Violence against Human Rights Defenders

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End Violence against Human Rights Defenders – CRD Urges Investigation of Detention and Beating of Activist in Guangzhou CRD protests the detention and beating of a human rights defender Yang Maodong (pen name Guo Feixiong) in Guangzhou on February 3-4. This is the latest offence in a string of violent (read more…)

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Housing Rights Activist Ma Yalian Detained Incommunicado for 20 Days

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Shanghai activist Ma Yalian (F), 42, was detained from January 14 to February 2, 2006, the latest in a series of detentions without charge. Neighbors saw about 20 police surrounding her house on January 13, 2006. The next day she was taken by police to the Residents Committee of Huangpu (read more…)

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The Trial of Oil Field Investors: a catalogue of violations

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Trial and sentencing of representatives of private oil field investors is a catalogue of violations of criminal procedure code and human rights: CRD calls for case to be reopened, Feng released and government to open dialogue to resolve investors’ claims CRD expresses deep concerns about the fairness of the recent (read more…)

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CRD Calls Attention to Shanxi Oilfield Investors’ Detention

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CRD called attention to the oilfield investors’ failed attempt to dialogue with government officials and the detentions that followed in May 2005. (See “Storm over Oil Fields in Shanxi” at http://crd-information.blogspot.com/2005_05_15_crd-information_archive.html) This case has since become one of the most celebrated human rights cases of 2005 (with the Taishi Village (read more…)

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Shi Tao: Prison Condition and Appeal by Family

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An Update on Shi Tao’s Conditions in Prison and Appeal by Family to PRC Supreme Court CRD has obtained the latest information about the prison conditions of Shi Tao, the journalist and Internet writer, whose case has drawn international spotlight partly due to Yahoo HK’s role in providing Chinese authorities (read more…)

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An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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The Honorable Louise Arbour The High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland Dear Ms. Arbour: We the undersigned, citizens of the People’s Republic of China, are delighted and honored at the prospect of your visit (read more…)

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