CRD Urges Fair Trial of Farmer Seeking Redress for Land Loss

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Trial Set to Open on March 20 on Fujian Farmer Detained for Protesting Land Appropriation The trial of farmer Huang Weizhong on “suspicion of gathering crowds to disturb social order” is set to open at the Chengxiang District Court in Putian City, Fujian Procince, on March 20, 2006. The Putian (read more…)

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Police Detain Jilin AIDS Activist for Criminal Investigation, Harassing Others

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People’s Congress in Fear of the People: Police Detain Jilin AIDS Activist for Criminal Investigation, Harassing Others At a time when national affairs are under the spotlight with the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), CRD deplores the harassment and detention of activists involved in seeking redress for (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing March 6-13, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing (March 6-13, 2006) March 13: Bulletin on Petitioners and Hunger Strikers Missing, in Custody, or Detained (Date and location are bracketed in when the individual was first detained/disappeared) Still missing: Hu Jia (Feb. 16, Beijing), Qi Zhiyong (Feb. 16, Beijing), Ouyang Xiaorong (Feb. 16, Beijing). In (read more…)

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Support PRC Citizens’ Action Challenging Constitutionality of Internet Censorship

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Released on Nov. 13, 2005 (For Chinese, please visit: Article_Show.asp?ArticleID=487) Support PRC Citizens’ Action Challenging Constitutionality of Internet Censorship On November 9, 2005, on the eve of the Information Society World Summit (Geneva, November 10-12 and Tunis, November 16-18, http://www.itu.int/wsis/), a public campaign was kicked off (https://216.55.186.184/web/index.asp) by concerned Chinese (read more…)

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Statement on the Bloodshed at Dongzhou in Shanwei City, Guangdong

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Dear friends and colleagues: Please sign the following open statement and forward it through your mailing lists or list-servers to friends and colleagues, showing your support to this effort to bring to justice those responsible for the Dongzhou killings. Thank you, and happy holidays! CRD Coordinator December 20, 2005 Statement (read more…)

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Villager Tortured and Put on Trial for Protesting Air Pollution

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CRD has learned that, on November 25, 2005, Zhejiang villager Wang Liangping was put on trial for “gathering crowds to harm [others], destroy [property] and rob” in the Nanxi Municipal People’s Court for his role in the April 10, 2005, protest against air pollution produced by a chemical factory in (read more…)

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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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China Human Rights Briefing February 27 – March 5, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing (February 27 – March 5, 2006) March 5: Rural Land Rights Activist Facing Trial Huang Weizhong, male, 46, a farmer from a village in Putian City, Fujian Province, who led hundreds of people in protests against low levels of compensation for expropriation of farm land, may (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing February 20 – 26, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing (February 20 – 26, 2006) February 21: NPC Plans to Pass Illegal Behaviors Correction Law (Weifa xingwei jiuzheng fa) to Reform RETL System The NPC plans to pass this new law at its annual Congress in March to enact reforms to the controversial system of administrative (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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