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[CHRB] Rights Lawyers Fight Against Reprisals (2/27-3/5/15)

Li Biyun (李碧云) was rushed to a Guangdong hospital after her release from detention in late 2014 following years of torture (image: RFA)

[CHRB] Rights Lawyers Fight Against Reprisals (2/27-3/5/15)

A law firm in Henan Province has forced out lawyer Ma Lianshun (马连顺) in likely reprisal for his representing “politically sensitive” cases of clients seized prior to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. In a related issue, more than 100 Chinese lawyers signed on to an open letter to the National People’s Congress, calling on the NPC to repeal administrative measures taken during the annual review of lawyers and law firms. For years, government authorities have manipulated the review to delay or revoke lawyers’ licenses, often in political retaliation.
[CHRB] 82-Year-Old Dissident Writer Found “Guilty,” Given 2.5-Year Suspended Sentence (2/20-26/2015)

Dissident writer Tie Liu (铁流), pictured after his trial and release on February 25, was issued a 30-month sentence for “illegal business activity” suspended for two years, in a case of government reprisal that violates his free expression rights.

[CHRB] 82-Year-Old Dissident Writer Found “Guilty,” Given 2.5-Year Suspended Sentence (2/20-26/2015)

A court in Sichuan tried the writer Tie Liu (铁流), an outspoken government critic, on February 25, convicting him of “illegal business activity” but issuing him a suspended sentence in a case fraught with rights violations. Liu was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, suspended for four years. His caretaker, Huang Jing (黄静), was tried as an accomplice and sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for two years. While Tie Liu’s family welcomed his release, the case presents a window into the workings of the Chinese government’s manipulation of the country’s criminal justice system to enforce censorship and punish free expression.
China’s Problems With Torture & Impunity for Torturers

China’s Problems With Torture & Impunity for Torturers

Torture and mistreatment of detainees is endemic in China, CHRD has reported to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT). The Chinese government has taken very few measures that are effective in combating acts of torture and instead provides impunity for alleged perpetrators of torture. CHRD raised these and other concerns in information submitted to CAT prior to its review of China’s implementation of the Convention against Torture, which is set for November.
Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 12/31/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 12/31/2014)

CHRD has released partial data on human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been detained or subjected to torture and other forms of mistreatment since January 1, 2012. Compiling information through December 31, 2014, the data include records on approximately 250 new cases since September 30, 2014. The data is based on reports by human rights organizations working within China. The entire list of data, which is maintained on a regular basis, has information on more than 2,000 HRDs.
Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

A number of individuals in the Mainland have been detained for supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

A number of Chinese citizens have faced reprisals for supporting the Hong Kong protests for universal suffrage, which began in September 2014. The occupation of several areas in the territory, including parts of its financial and political center, has inspired many Chinese on the mainland. As of February 18, 2015, CHRD has documented 115 cases of detention in total, including 25 arrests (one has been released on bail), 33 criminal detentions (3 remain in custody), and 4 administrative detentions. Among these, 88 have been released.
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 21 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.
Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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

Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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 February 12, 2015, CHRD has documented 152 individuals who have been affected. To date, 20 individuals have been arrested, of which one has been put on trial, three have been indicted, and seven were released on bail. Fourty-four more have been put under criminal detentions (to date, 5 of those are still detained). Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions.
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 January 28, 2015, 70 individuals in total were taken into police custody, with 27 sentenced to prison. Among the total detained on criminal charges, 49 are known to have been formally arrested, of whom 42 have been indicted and/or tried (in grey below). Additionally, 31 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation," and four have been released at the end of their sentences.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Wang Zang 王藏 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 1, 2014 (detained); November 6, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Tongzhou District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background More than a dozen Beijing police officers took away artist and poet Wang Zang (王藏) in...
Prisoner of Conscience – Guo Yushan

Prisoner of Conscience – Guo Yushan

Guo Yushan 郭玉闪   Crime: Illegal business activity Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 9, 2014 (detained); January 3, 2015 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 1 Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background In the early morning of October 9, 2014, Beijing police summoned Guo Yushan...
Prisoner of Conscience – Jia Lingmin

Prisoner of Conscience – Jia Lingmin

Jia Lingmin贾灵敏 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: May 7, 2014 (detained); May 30, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center (Henan Province) Background Henan activist Jia Lingmin (贾灵敏) was criminally detained on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to...
Prisoner of Conscience – Han Ying

Prisoner of Conscience – Han Ying

Han Ying 韩颖 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 1, 2014 (detained); November 6, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Fengtai District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Police forcibly entered the home of Beijing-based housing and child rights activist Han Ying (韩颖) the...

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.

China Jails Ethnic Miao Leader’s Relatives, Supporters For ‘Triad’ Activities

Feb 17, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on February 13, 2015 Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan have handed down jail terms of up to 25 years to the relatives and friends of a former ethnic minority official after he criticized corruption in his local government, an overseas rights group said on Friday. Long Baorong,...

CHRD Information Submission to the UN Committee Against Torture for Consideration in List of Issues – February 2015

Feb 17, 2015 ⋅ Civil Society Information Submission to the Committee Against Torture For the review of the fifth periodic report of China (CAT/C/CHN/5): Specific information on the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by Chinese Human Rights Defenders - February 9, 2015