Wang Lihong (王荔蕻)

Wang Lihong (王荔蕻)

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After the pro-democracy protests in Beijing in 1989, Wang Lihong became a dedicated democracy activist and human rights defender. Born October 28, 1955, she has worked on causes such as relief efforts for the “Tiananmen homeless,” and also advocated on behalf of citizens fighting land seizures in Beihai City, Guangxi (read more…)

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Tan Zuoren (谭作人)

Tan Zuoren (谭作人)

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Tan is an activist, environmentalist, and former editor of Literati (文化人) magazine from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. After the Sichuan earthquake in May of 2008, Tan published a number of online commentaries critical of the government. In February 2009, he released a proposal calling on netizens to investigate the quality (read more…)

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Shi Tao (师涛)

Shi Tao (师涛)

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Shi Tao was a journalist and poet before he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He wrote for the daily Chinese publication Contemporary Business News, based in Hunan Province. Shi also submitted articles and supplied political commentary to overseas Chinese websites, and was later arrested and sentenced to 10 (read more…)

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Rao Wenwei (饶文蔚)

Rao Wenwei (饶文蔚)

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Rao Wenwei was Chongqing’s youngest political and legal committee secretary before he was summoned for questioning in July 2008. After Rao was arrested the next month, a court secretly tried and convicted him in November 2008 and issued a severe sentence. Rao’s family and attorney were denied visitation throughout his (read more…)

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Qi Chonghuai (齐崇淮)

Qi Chonghuai (齐崇淮)

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Qi Chonghuai was a reporter and former Shandong Bureau Chief for the Fazhi Morning Post, and known for his articles exposing local corruption, social injustice, and human rights violations. In April 2007, Qi drew widespread attention when he posted photos and an article online about construction of luxury government office (read more…)

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Ni Yulan (倪玉兰)

Ni Yulan (倪玉兰)

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Ni, a Beijing housing rights activist, has suffered repeated arbitrary detention, torture, intimidation and harassment since 2002. Her home was forcibly demolished in 2008 when authorities in Beijing’s Xicheng District retaliated against her for her human rights activism. She suffers from a number of medical conditions as a result of (read more…)

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Ma Lijun (马丽君)

Ma Lijun (马丽君)

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Ma Lijun, a petitioner from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, was sent to 18 months of Re-education through Labor (RTL) for “disrupting public order” in retaliation for her longtime petitioning at Zhongnanhai. Ma was serving a 10-day administrative detention for the same alleged offense when the RTL decision was issued.

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Lü Jiaping (吕加平)

Lü Jiaping (吕加平)

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Lü Jiaping, a dissident military scholar, has been serving a 10-year verdict for “inciting subversion.” In sentencing him in May 2011, a court cited as “evidence” 13 works Lü composed between 2000 and 2010. In particular, the verdict is believed to come in retaliation for Lü’s writings about scandals involving (read more…)

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Lü Jiangbo (吕江波)

Lü Jiangbo (吕江波)

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Lü Jiangbo, a businessman-turned-village chief from Jinjiang City, Fujian Province, organized residents of Keren Village to defend their rights in the face of illegal land requisition by government officials. Among his activities, he co-authored a public letter to then-Premier Zhu Rongji complaining of the land grabs.

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Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)

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Liu Xiaobo, the Beijing-based writer, intellectual, dissident, and human rights activist, died on July 13, 2017, not long after being issued medical parole, and over eight-and-a-half years into an 11-year prison sentence. In October 2010, the imprisoned Liu became the first Chinese citizen awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌)

Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌)

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Liu Xianbin, from Suining City in Sichuan Province, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in 1992 for his participation in the 1989 pro-democracy movement. After his release, he dedicated himself to democracy and human rights activism, and in 1998 was a founding member of the Sichuan branch of the (read more…)

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Li Tie (李铁)

Li Tie (李铁)

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Detained in September of 2010 and arrested the next month, Li Tie , from Wuhan City in Hubei Province, was tried in April of 2011 but not sentenced until January of 2012. In the decade before his detention, Li had written many online articles promoting democracy, constitutional government, and direct (read more…)

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