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[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

Zhang Shaojie (张少杰), a pastor from a government-sanctioned church in Henan Province, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after helping church members pursue grievances.

[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

A court has sent Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie (张少杰) to prison for 12 years, an indication of the CCP’s uneasiness with rights activism connected to religious institutions. Rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常柏阳) was formally arrested on July 3 on a charge of “illegal business activity,” apparently due to his work with the nonprofit Zhengzhou Yirenping, while China Democratic Party member Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) of Hangzhou was criminally detained on July 8 on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” In addition, Chinese media regulators have issued a new set of rules to governing use of information deemed “states secrets.”
Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

CHRD is concerned about the poor health of a number of Chinese prisoners, including Lü Jiaping (吕加平) and Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫).

Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

CHRD launched the Medical Watch List on June 26 to mark the UN’s International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. There are 13 cases of currently detained or imprisoned individuals who suffer from deteriorating health and have been deprived of adequate medical treatment and denied release on medical grounds. Some of them are experiencing the same pattern of abuse that led to the death of Cao Shunli—a lack of access to adequate medical treatment in custody, a gradual decline of health and development of new illnesses or injuries from torture, and rejection of requests for medical release. CHRD will be updating this list on a regular basis.
[CHRB] Labor Camp Victims Jailed for Seeking Justice; Accused “Illegal Demonstrator” Testifies to Torture in Court Trial (June 28 – July 3, 2014)

Victims of the Masanjia labor camp in Liaoning Province demanding that an abusive RTL guard be brought to justice. (image: HRCC)

[CHRB] Labor Camp Victims Jailed for Seeking Justice; Accused “Illegal Demonstrator” Testifies to Torture in Court Trial (June 28 – July 3, 2014)

Eight women once held at the notorious Masanjia Women’s Re-education through Labor camp in Liaoning Province were sentenced in mid-June to prison terms ranging from one year to 18 months in retaliation for seeking remedies for abuses they suffered. Ten more individuals have been formally arrested in the crackdown tied to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, bringing to 17 the number of such known arrests. Also, taxi driver Wen Zhonghua (温中华), who went on trial on June 19, stated in court that police had tortured him last year in order to coerce him into testifying against fellow drivers on fabricated facts.
China: Reverse Travesty of Justice, Free Persecuted Human Rights Defenders in Jiangxi

Li Sihua (李思华), Liu Ping (刘萍), and Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), were given harsh prison sentences on June 19.

China: Reverse Travesty of Justice, Free Persecuted Human Rights Defenders in Jiangxi

CHRD condemns the harsh punishments issued to Jiangxi activists Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei Zhongping (魏忠平), and Li Sihua (李思华) and demands their immediate release. The activists were sentenced by the Yushui County District Court in Xinyu City on June 19, over 14 months after they were first detained and more than six months after their trial. Liu, 49, and Wei, 51, received six-and-a-half-year sentences, having been convicted of “creating a disturbance,” “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place,” and “using an evil cult to undermine implementation of the law.” Li Sihua, 57, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “creating a disturbance.”
149 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 8, 2014)

Location of those affected by the crackdown around the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

149 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 8, 2014)

Two months before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, authorities in China began detaining, disappearing, questioning, and intimidating Chinese dissidents, human rights lawyers and activists, journalists, and others. Many of the targeted individuals took part in the pro-democracy demonstrations in the spring of 1989. As of July 8, 2014, CHRD has documented 149 individuals who have been affected in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, and Zhejiang, with 41 criminal detentions (17 are still detained) and 18 confirmed arrests. Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions, and four are still out of contact.
Individuals Detained in Crackdown on Peaceful Assembly, Association & Expression

Since March 2013, Chinese police have swept up dozens of citizens in a crackdown on peaceful assembly, association, and expression.

Individuals Detained in Crackdown on Peaceful Assembly, Association & Expression

Since March 2013, Chinese police have taken into custody dozens of citizens in a crackdown meant to suppress peaceful assembly, association and expression around the country. As of June 30, 2014, 70 individuals are known to have been criminally detained or disappeared in Beijing and many provinces. Among those detained, 44 are known to have been formally arrested, and 26 are known to have been indicted and/or tried while many are still under detention, have served brief administrative detentions, or have been released on "bail awaiting trial." To date, 10 individuals have been issued prison sentences in retaliation for their activism.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Ilham Tohti

Prisoner of Conscience – Ilham Tohti

Beijing police seized Ilham Tohti from his home in January 2014. Without producing a warrant, officers searched his residence over two days and confiscated laptop computers, cell phones, documents, and manuscripts. Tohti was arrested in February after Xinjiang authorities had held him incommunicado for weeks on a charge of “splittism” (Article 103 (1) of China’s...
Prisoner of Conscience - Pu Zhiqiang

Prisoner of Conscience – Pu Zhiqiang

Pu Zhiqiang is a prominent human rights lawyer and partner at the Huayi Law Firm in Beijing. Police seized Pu on May 4, 2014, after he had attended a private event the previous day commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. Pu was arrested just as the legal limit for holding him under criminal detention was set...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhang Baocheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhang Baocheng

Zhang Baocheng was seized with three other Beijing-based activists, Ma Xinli (马新利), Yuan Dong (袁冬), and Hou Xin (侯欣), in March 2013 after holding a demonstration in Beijing’s Xidan shopping district where they unfurled a banner calling on officials to publically disclose their assets.
Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Activist Cao Shunli’s death on March 14, 2014, showed the lengths that China’s leaders are willing to go to suppress civil society voices. Cao Shunli unwaveringly pursued the goal to make use of international human rights mechanisms to improve rights conditions in China. As she said: “In China, those involved in drafting the government’s reports...
China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial, say rights groups

China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial, say rights groups

Jul 9, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by AFP on July 4, 2014 BEIJING, July 4 — Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups said today.The activists were formally accused yesterday of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in the central province of Henan,...

Select Profiles of Prisoners of Conscience

May 20, 2014 ⋅ CHRD profiles selected individuals who have been sent to prison or Re-education through Labor in retaliation for their human rights activism or exercising their universal rights. Some of them have already been released.

List of Individual Cases Communicated to the UN

May 29, 2014 ⋅ CHRD has made submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of activists who are arbitrarily detained, disappeared, tortured, and/or suffered retaliation for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression among many other human rights.