Li Bifeng (李必丰)

Li Bifeng (李必丰)

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Sichuan dissident and poet Li Bifeng (李必丰) was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 300,000 yuan on a seemingly concocted charge of “contract fraud” in addition to a request to return 3 million yuan that he supposedly embezzled from a company.

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Chen Xi (陈西)

Chen Xi (陈西)

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Originally from Guangxi Province, Chen Xi (aka Chen Youcai [陈友才]) has been a member of the Guizhou Human Rights Forum, which was declared by Guizhou authorities to be an “illegal organization” on December 5, 2011—a week after his most recent arrest and just prior to UN Human Rights Day.

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Chen Wei (陈卫)

Chen Wei (陈卫)

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Chen Wei has been frequently harassed by police, placed under tight surveillance, and has had restrictions placed on his movement, including at least one occasion in which he was prevented from leaving the country. Chen was taken into custody during the “Jasmine Revolution” crackdown in February 2011.

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Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)

Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚)

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Chen Guangcheng, a rural “barefoot lawyer,” campaigned for the rights of villagers and the disabled. He provided free legal consultation to these groups from 1996 until he was detained in the fall of 2005, after he and his wife began to investigate villagers’ claims of excessive violence in the implementation (read more…)

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Cao Haibo (曹海波)

Cao Haibo (曹海波)

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Cao Haibo, a worker at an Internet café in Yunnan Province and organizer of a website that promotes democracy, was sentenced to eight years in prison for expressing his political views online. Born in 1985, Cao was detained in October 2011 and later arrested for “inciting subversion of state power.”

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