Chinese Police Detain Poet For “Inciting Subversion” over Online Expression

Chinese Police Detain Poet For “Inciting Subversion” over Online Expression

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Liaocheng City police seized poet Lu Yang on May 1. For the next two weeks, police subjected him to forced disappearance. On May 13, police notified his family that Lu Yang had been criminally detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion” for comments made online.

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Former Law Professor & Rights Lawyer Zhang Xuezhong Detained after Calling for Political Reform

Former Law Professor & Rights Lawyer Zhang Xuezhong Detained after Calling for Political Reform

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Shanghai police seized lawyer and former professor Zhang Xuezhong from his home in the early morning of May 11. Two days prior to being detained, Zhang had written an open letter to all the delegates of the National People’s Congress.

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Veteran Activists Imprisoned and Detained for Online Speech

Veteran Activists Imprisoned and Detained for Online Speech

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Chinese police persecuted two HRDs for their online speech. Hunan activist Liu Yanli received a four-year prison sentence on April 22 and former prisoner of conscience Xie Wenfei was criminally detained on April 29.

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[Briefing] COVID-19 Arrests & Victims Threatened for Seeking Compensation; Lawyer Punished

[Briefing] COVID-19 Arrests & Victims Threatened for Seeking Compensation; Lawyer Punished

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Crackdown on free expression tied to COVID-19 continues as retired professor arrested for criticising CCP and three young volunteers detained for documenting censored news. Victims and families threatened for seeking compensation over government failures in handling the virus. Lawyer punished for representing another rights lawyer.

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Chinese Authorities Threaten COVID-19 Victims & Families Seeking Compensation

Chinese Authorities Threaten COVID-19 Victims & Families Seeking Compensation

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Chinese police intimidated and harassed potential plaintiffs in litigation against Wuhan and Hubei governments for failure to release vital information about the novel coronavirus in a timely manner, which resulted in deaths and damages.

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Retired Professor Arrested for Calling COVID-19 “CCP Virus”

Retired Professor Arrested for Calling COVID-19 “CCP Virus”

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Beijing police formally arrested retired professor Chen Zhaozhi on April 14 for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” over his online speech about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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China Detains Three Youths for Documenting Censored Information about COVID-19

China Detains Three Youths for Documenting Censored Information about COVID-19

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Three young volunteers of “Terminus2049” Github website documenting censored news and information about COVID-19, Chen Mei (陈玫), Cai Wei (蔡伟), and Cai’s girlfriend Xiao Tang (小唐) went missing on April 19, 2020 and later confirmed detained by Beijing police, according to their family, friends and employers.

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Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Penalized for Defending Another Rights Lawyer

Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Penalized for Defending Another Rights Lawyer

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The Chengdu City Lawyers’ Association, a state-run agency, handed out a “professional reprimand” to discipline human rights lawyer Lu Siwei (卢思位) on April 24, 2020.

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Reprisals against Human Rights & Democracy Activists During COVID-19, Mainland China, Hong Kong

Reprisals against Human Rights & Democracy Activists During COVID-19, Mainland China, Hong Kong

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Beijing Filmmaker Forcibly Disappeared on “Inciting Subversion” Likely for Making Documentary about Xu Zhiyong; Hubei Woman Arrested After Neighborhood Protest Against Price Hikes in Lockdown; Hong Kong Police Arrest 15 Democracy Leaders in Connection to 2019 Protests

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China Detains Several Social Economic Rights Defenders Days After UN Rights Review Ends

China Detains Several Social Economic Rights Defenders Days After UN Rights Review Ends

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Several human rights defenders working on socio-economic rights issues have been detained just days after the close of China’s 3rdUniversal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on March 15 during the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The timing of the detentions indicates that authorities waited until after the (read more…)

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Chinese Government Puts Human Rights Defenders on Trial During Holiday Season to Hide Rights Abuses

Chinese Government Puts Human Rights Defenders on Trial During Holiday Season to Hide Rights Abuses

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Chinese authorities put a number of HRDs on trial over the holiday season, including journalists Sun Lin and Ding Lingjie, lawyer Wang Quanzhang, and activists Zhen Jianghua and Zhang Kun.

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Pre-Christmas Crackdown on Christians as China Escalates Religious Persecution

Pre-Christmas Crackdown on Christians as China Escalates Religious Persecution

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Chengdu authorities shut down the Early Rain Covenant Church and detained over a hundred church members and their pastor, Wang Yi, during a raid beginning December 9, in one of the largest crackdowns on underground Christian churches since new regulations went into effect.

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