China Human Rights Briefing February 1 – 28, 2007

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China Human Rights Briefing A monthly newsletter of CRD February 2007 While the Chinese took most days off in February to observe the incoming “Year of the Pig”, human rights problems failed to gain any respite. The courts did not miss a beat in convicting independent writers and rights activists. (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing January 1 – 31, 2007

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China Human Rights Briefing (A monthly Chinese human rights information update) January 2007 Table of Contents Arrests, Trails, Sentences, and Imprisonment 1. Activist Mao Hengfeng sentenced to 2.5 years 2. Activist Chen Guangcheng loses appeal 3. Cyber activist Li Hong tried on subversion charge 4. Detained rights activist Yang Maodong (read more…)

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The Conviction of Mao Hengfeng: Trump-up Charges against a Human Rights Defender

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Immediate release The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders January 18, 2007 The Conviction of Mao Hengfeng: Trump-up Charges against a Human Rights Defender On January 12, 2007, Shanghai authorities convicted activist/petitioner Mao Hengfeng, female, for “damaging hotel property” and sentenced her to two-and-half years in jail. CRD condemns the (read more…)

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Show Trials Highlight Deep Flaws in System: Court Upheld Unfair Prison Term for Chen Guangcheng

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Immediate Release The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders January 12, 2007 Show Trials Highlight Deep Flaws in System: Court Upheld Unfair Prison Term for Chen Guangcheng The Linyi Municipal Intermediate People’s Court announced its verdict today of uphelding the 4-year and 3-month sentence of Chen Guangcheng for “gathering crowds (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing December 1 – 31, 2006

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Table of Contents Crackdown on mass protests exacerbating “social unrest” 1. End-of-year survey found social unrest the top concern for officials 2. CCP admits social unrest threatens its rule 3. Social unrest unabated as government clams down on protests The Death Penalty: Executions sped up before Supreme Court review kicks (read more…)

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CRD Condemns Violent Attack on Lawyers for Chen Guangcheng

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Immediate release CRD, December 27, 2006 CRD Condemns Violent Attack on Lawyers Representing China’s Blind Prisoner of Conscience Apparently as part of the persistent efforts by local authorities at intimidation and retaliation against independent lawyers, unidentified hit-men violently attacked lawyers for Chen Guangcheng, the blind prisoner of conscience, who is (read more…)

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Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Tried Behind Closed Door

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Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Tried Behind Closed Door, without Lawyers Authorized by Family CRD protests the illegal trial of Gao Zhisheng, the human rights lawyer, by the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on December 12, 2006. Lawyers authorized by Gao’s family, Mo Shaoping and Ding Xikui, were (read more…)

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Key Witness Abducted by Police before the Retrial of Chen Guangcheng

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Immediate release CRD, December 6, 2006 Obstruction of Justice: Key Witness Abducted by Police before the Retrial of Chen Guangcheng CRD protests Yinan County police abduction and subsequent detention of a key witness in the Chen Guangcheng case before the Yinan courts held its second hearing. This is a clear (read more…)

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Executions of Three Protestants despite Evidence of Torture

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For immediate release, CRD December 4, 2006 Executions of Three Protestants despite Evidence of Torture, Raises Fear of a Rash to Carry out Death Sentences CRD deplores the executions of three protestant leaders in Heilongjiang following the appeals court decision to uphold the death sentences in the face of overwhelming (read more…)

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Chen Guangcheng Retrial Confirms Jail Term: Gross Injustice, Blatant Abuses

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Immediate release The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders December 1, 2006 Chen Guangcheng Retrial Confirms Jail Term: Gross Injustice, Blatant Abuses Serious rights abuses and procedural violations marred the November 27 retrial of Chen Guangcheng, which, not surprisingly, let to today’s verdict, announced at 8:30 am by the Yinan (read more…)

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China Human Rights Briefing October 21 – December 1, 2006

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China Human Rights Briefing October 21 – December 1, 2006 Table of Content: Arbitrary Arrests 1. Farmer arrested for displaying anti-corruption banner, angry villagers take hostages 2. Hemophilia activist Kong Delin Detained for 35 Days by Shanghai Police 3. AIDS Activist Wan Yanhai Detained for nearly 3 Days, Police Force (read more…)

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Release of AIDS Activist from Unlawful Detention Raises Concern about Unchecked Police Power

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Immediate release, CRD November 27, 2006 Release of AIDS Activist from Unlawful Detention Raises Concern about Unchecked Police Power, Ban on Conference on Rights of People with HIV/AIDS Remains Firm Today’s release of Chinese AIDS activist Wan Yanhai, a founding member and leader of Beijing AIZHIXING Institute, from police detention, (read more…)

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