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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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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China Human Rights Briefing February 13-19, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing (February 13-19, 2006) February 13-15: After Clash, Police Intimidation in East Shigu Village, Linyi Continues After the clash between local officials and villagers protesting against Chen Guangcheng’s prolonged house arrest under “residential surveillance” and the detention of villager Chen Hua, police continued intimidating and detaining villagers. (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing February 4-14, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing (February 4-14, 2006) Feb. 4-13: Police Crackdown on Villagers Protesting Blind Activist’s Prolonged House Arrest On February 2, 2006, Chen Hua, a neighbor and relative of Chen Guangcheng, protested about the unlawful detention of Chen Guangcheng to the security guards in front of the latter’s house (read more…)

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