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[CHRB] Hundreds Face Harassment Around Youth Olympics in Nanjing, 21 Buddhists Detained in Guangdong (8/22-28/2014)

A poster announces the cancellation of the 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival. (Image: RDN)

[CHRB] Hundreds Face Harassment Around Youth Olympics in Nanjing, 21 Buddhists Detained in Guangdong (8/22-28/2014)

The Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics closed on August 28, but at least 300 activists in Nanjing and nearby cities have faced intensified intimidation and harassment as a result of the games. Guangdong police criminally detained 21 Buddhists during a series of raids targeting the Huazang group, including the founder and leader, Wu Zeheng (吴泽恒). Two human rights lawyers are facing administrative penalties as a result of representing imprisoned human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜). Authorities forced the cancellation of an independent film festival in Beijing. The annual event was due to run from August 23-31 in Songzhuang.
[CHRB] Tibetan Smuggles Out Prisoner List, Lawyers Call for Investigation Into Church Demolition (8/15-21/2014)

A group stands outside the Salvation Church in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province after authorities ordered removed the cross from atop the building on August 14. (Image: WQW)  

[CHRB] Tibetan Smuggles Out Prisoner List, Lawyers Call for Investigation Into Church Demolition (8/15-21/2014)

Tibetan monk Gonpo Trinley smuggled information on 45 Tibetan prisoners in Sichuan Province out of China after fleeing to India this month, and 10 of those listed are still incarcerated. On August 18, a group of 14 lawyers has released a legal opinion about the mistreatment of several members of the Salvation Church in Zhejiang Province, who the attorneys are representing in a lawsuit against authorities. Meanwhile, CHRD submitted information to UN experts alleging arbitrary detention, violation of freedom of expression, and reprisals against human rights defenders in cases involving Tang Jingling (唐荆陵), Wang Qingying (王清营) and Yuan Xinting (袁新亭).
UN Working Group Finds China’s Psychiatric Detention of Petitioner “Arbitrary”

Xing Shiku (邢世库) pictured in 2012 at the psychiatric facility in Heilongjiang Province where he has been involuntarily confined for more than seven years.

UN Working Group Finds China’s Psychiatric Detention of Petitioner “Arbitrary”

CHRD welcomes the opinion adopted by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) that the lengthy detention of Heilongjiang petitioner Xing Shiku (邢世库) in a psychiatric hospital has been “arbitrary.” In an opinion issued on May 20, the Working Group calls for Xing’s release and requests the Chinese government compensate him for the harm he has suffered during more than seven years in detention. The Working Group, a panel of five independent human rights experts, also has referred the case of Xing and his wife, who was detained in black jails after seeking Xing’s freedom, to the Special Rapporteur on Torture for investigation.
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 17 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.
152 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 24, 2014)

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

152 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 24, 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 24, 2014, CHRD has documented 152 individuals who have been affected in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, and Zhejiang, with 44 criminal detentions (15 are still detained) and 20 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 August 11, 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 33 are known to have been indicted and/or tried. Additionally, 34 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation." To date, 13 individuals have been issued prison sentences in retaliation for their activism.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Dong Rubin

Prisoner of Conscience – Dong Rubin

Chinese blogger and Internet activist Dong Rubin was sentenced to 6 and 1/2 years in prison in July 2014. In addition to handing down a lengthy prison term, the Court fined Dong 350,000 yuan (nearly US$ 57,000). Seized in the previous September, Dong told the judge that he was subjected to 7-8 hours of interrogation...
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...
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’s Nobel Nominee Lawyer Released After Three Years

China’s Nobel Nominee Lawyer Released After Three Years

Aug 26, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Crossmap on August 18, 2014.  Zhisheng, 50, is a Christian lay leader as well as a Beijing-based lawyer. He came to prominence for defending activists and religious minorities before Chinese authorities closed down his law practice in 2005, and arrested him for ‘subversion’ a year later, a charge that is often used by...

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.
Lawyers Call For Probe Into Torture by China's Party Investigators

Lawyers Call For Probe Into Torture by China’s Party Investigators

Aug 19, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on August 15, 2014. A group of lawyers has called for an investigation into allegations of torture under the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s internal disciplinary system, known as “shuanggui,” an overseas-based rights group said on Friday. Lawyers representing a number of former party officials in the southern province of Hunan say...