[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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[CHRB] New Charity Law Will Further Isolate & Weaken Civil Society in China (March 21-31/2016)

[CHRB] New Charity Law Will Further Isolate & Weaken Civil Society in China (March 21-31/2016)

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China’s newly passed Charity Law, to be implemented on September 1, 2016, further debilitates independent non-profit groups in the country by restricting their access to domestic funding. The legislation is yet another tool the government can use to strangle NGOs in China’s emerging civil society, according to activists who spoke (read more…)

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[CHRB] Forced “Switch” to Police-Appointed Lawyers Further Erodes Protections for Detained Rights Defenders (3/15-3/21, 2016)

[CHRB] Forced “Switch” to Police-Appointed Lawyers Further Erodes Protections for Detained Rights Defenders (3/15-3/21, 2016)

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A substantial number of detained lawyers and activists have supposedly “dismissed” their lawyers and “hired” other lawyers to represent them, according to police notifications over the past two months. All but one of the 11 cases that CHRD has documented are tied to the “709” crackdown targeting rights lawyers. Police (read more…)

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[CHRB] Activist Given 4-Year Sentence Despite Terminal Illness; Update on Persecuted Mainland Supporters of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests (2/17-2/25/2016)

[CHRB] Activist Given 4-Year Sentence Despite Terminal Illness; Update on Persecuted Mainland Supporters of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests (2/17-2/25/2016)

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Heilongjiang activist Zhang Shuzhi (张淑芝), who is terminally ill with cancer, has been given a four-year prison sentence in retaliation against her exercising the rights to free expression and peaceful assembly. Also, by CHRD’s count, 10 mainland activists remain in custody for openly supporting the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong (read more…)

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[CHRB] Government Reprisals: Assault, Imprisonment, Torture & Cancellation of a Lawyer’s License (1/28-2/3/2016)

[CHRB] Government Reprisals: Assault, Imprisonment, Torture & Cancellation of a Lawyer’s License (1/28-2/3/2016)

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Chinese authorities have recently taken reprisals against a host of rights defenders. Lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), who has gone online lately to express support for persecuted lawyers and activists, was manhandled and threatened by police and thugs after going to see relatives. A pair of Jilin petitioners—a man and his (read more…)

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[CHRB] Freedom of Association Under Assault in China: Arbitrary Detentions & Disappearances (1/8-21/2016)

[CHRB] Freedom of Association Under Assault in China: Arbitrary Detentions & Disappearances (1/8-21/2016)

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There has been a recent escalation of state suppression against individuals and groups in China that lawfully exercised their free association rights. Zhang Haitao (张海涛), who posted online comments critical of the government and kept contact with overseas activists, was given 19 years in prison for two crimes, including an (read more…)

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[CHRB] Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Emblematic of Persistent Pattern of Official Reprisal & Abuse (1/1-7, 2016)

[CHRB] Torture of Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Emblematic of Persistent Pattern of Official Reprisal & Abuse (1/1-7, 2016)

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Human rights lawyer Shu Xiangxin (舒向新) was reportedly subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment in a detention center on January 4, in a case emblematic of the harsh reprisals that Chinese human rights lawyers can face. The incident is indicative of the persistence of torture in China’s detention (read more…)

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[CHRB] Convictions & Sentences Follow Detainee Mistreatment, Flawed Trials (11/23-12/3/2015)

[CHRB] Convictions & Sentences Follow Detainee Mistreatment, Flawed Trials (11/23-12/3/2015)

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Courts in Guangdong sentenced four activists to prison in late November, with the flurry of punishments sparking international criticism over the unfair trials and mistreatment of the detainees. In another case, veteran dissident journalist Gao Yu (高瑜) has had her sentence reduced to five years, and will be able to (read more…)

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[CHRB] Chinese Government Refuses to Disclose Data on Torture for UN Review, Citizens Face Reprisals for Seeking Information (10/22-29, 2015)

[CHRB] Chinese Government Refuses to Disclose Data on Torture for UN Review, Citizens Face Reprisals for Seeking Information (10/22-29, 2015)

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Since this spring, the Chinese government has repeatedly denied requests from activists seeking detailed information on data that it submitted to the UN on state agents who have been prosecuted for crimes related to torture. For their efforts, the Chinese activists have faced reprisals—in the form of police harassment and (read more…)

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[CHRB] Detailed Case of Police Abuse to Extract Confession Comes to Light Weeks Before UN Review of China’s Torture Record (10/16-22, 2015)

[CHRB] Detailed Case of Police Abuse to Extract Confession Comes to Light Weeks Before UN Review of China’s Torture Record (10/16-22, 2015)

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Jiangsu activist Shen Aibin (沈爱斌) recently came forward with details of the inhumane tactics used by Chinese police to extract a confession from him in 2013 after he and other human rights defenders rescued petitioners from a “black jail” in the city of Wuxi. Shen’s case, by no means an (read more…)

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[CHRB] End Violence Against Human Rights Lawyers (10/9-10/15/2015)

[CHRB] End Violence Against Human Rights Lawyers (10/9-10/15/2015)

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Since President Xi Jinping came to power in March 2013, there has been a surge in incidents of violent assaults against human rights lawyers in retaliation for their work defending clients in politically “sensitive” cases. CHRD has documented 23 incidents involving 32 lawyers in this time period. Some lawyers have (read more…)

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[CHRB] CHRD Urges International Intervention to Gain Release of Human Rights Defenders in China (10/5-10/9/2015)

[CHRB] CHRD Urges International Intervention to Gain Release of Human Rights Defenders in China (10/5-10/9/2015)

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Since July 2015, CHRD has requested UN independent experts of the Human Rights Council to conduct inquiries on behalf of six human rights defenders in China who have allegedly been subjected to rights violations. In the communications, CHRD documented Chinese authorities’ use of torture, forced disappearance, arbitrary detention, and obstruction (read more…)

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