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[CHRB] Guangzhou’s New Restrictions on NGOs & UN Experts Call For Release of Detained Chinese Journalist (10/17-30/2014)

Guangdong police criminally detained Su Changlan (苏昌兰) for her involvement in Hong Kong-related activities

[CHRB] Guangzhou’s New Restrictions on NGOs & UN Experts Call For Release of Detained Chinese Journalist (10/17-30/2014)

Draft rules on the prohibition of “illegal” civil society organizations in Guangzhou were released on October 20, leading to protests from civil society organizations. CHRD launched a focus campaign tracking the suppression of individuals after they supported the protests demanding genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion in August that declared Wang Hanfei (王寒非)’s imprisonment is a deprivation of his liberty, and asked the Chinese government release him. CHRD has compiled 10 more in-depth case files of prisoners of conscience, providing background information on these individuals and details of their persecution.
CHRD Releases “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity,” a report about secret detention & abuse of women in China’s black jails

CHRD has released the new report, “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity:” Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s "Black Jails."

CHRD Releases “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity,” a report about secret detention & abuse of women in China’s black jails

CHRD has released a new report, “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity:” Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s "Black Jails". The report examines widespread detention in extralegal facilities known as “black jails,” and particularly abuses against women locked up in the facilities, where roughly 80% of detainees are female. Inside these shadowy holding cells, detainees—including elderly women, migrant women, women who lost land or were victimized by forced eviction, women with disabilities, and mothers with young children—are subjected to appalling abuses, from physical and sexual assaults to deprivation of medical treatment.
Gallery and Video on Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s Black Jails

Gallery and Video on Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s Black Jails

CHRD has produced this gallery of images, cases, and data to accompany the report “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity”: Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s "Black Jails." The report examines abuses in black jails across China in these facilities, and particularly against women, who make up roughly 80% of the black jail population. The gallery details some types of abuse that occur in black jails, the impunity officials enjoy, and the reprisals against black jail victims who seek justice.
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 October 31, 2014, CHRD has documented 73 cases of detention in total, including 28 criminal detentions and 3 administrative detentions, along with 32 individuals who remain in some form of police custody. Among these, 11 have been released.
CHRD Condemns Sentencing of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木.土赫提) during his trial on September 18, 2014. (Image: CCTV)

CHRD Condemns Sentencing of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

The Urumqi City Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木.土赫提) today to life in prison for the crime of “splittism.” CHRD condemns the persecution of Ilham Tohti for his peaceful advocacy for the equal rights of ethnic Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Ilham’s nine-month detention and his trial, held on September 17-18, have been rife with abuses of his human rights and due process rights, in violation of Chinese law and international standards. Ilham should not be imprisoned for exercising his human right to free expression.
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.
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 September 23, 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. Twenty individuals have been arrested, and 44 more have been put under criminal detentions (to date, 6 are still detained). Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Tang Jingling

Prisoner of Conscience – Tang Jingling

Guangzhou-based human rights lawyer Tang Jingling was criminally detained in mid-May 2014 on suspicion of “creating a disturbance.” After police seized Tang, they searched his residence and confiscated a laptop, a tablet computer, cell phones, and books. On the same day, police took into custody two other Guangzhou activists, Wang Qingying and Yuan Xinting, who...
Prisoner of Conscience - Sun Desheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Sun Desheng

Guangdong-based activist Sun Desheng (孙德胜, also known as Sun Sihuo 孙思火) was seized and criminally detained on August 13, 2013. Authorities held Sun incommunicado until they transferred him to residential surveillance. He was formally arrested that October and moved into a detention facility. His participation in several civil society campaigns were all cited in his...
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. He was arrested in February on a charge of “splittism” after Xinjiang authorities had held him incommunicado for weeks. In September, Ilham Tohti was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment, in a case rife with human rights and due process rights violations.

Rights Group Details Abuse in ‘Black Jails’

Oct 31, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by The New York Times on OCTOBER 20, 2014 One night in June last year, Ding Hongfen and about 20 others stormed the Dongjiao Guesthouse in the city of Wuxi in eastern China, breaking down an iron door with crowbars. They freed five people held inside in a “black jail,” an extralegal detention facility...

Report unravels large scale torture in China’s “Black Jails”

Oct 31, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by LA Prensa on October 21, 2014 Beijing, Oct 21 (EFE).- The use of hotels and factories as clandestine prisons, where thousands of people – mostly women – are tortured to prevent their complaints against the government from coming to light, has rapidly increased in China, the organization Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)...

China Holds Dozens of Activists Who Supported Hong Kong Protests

Oct 31, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on October 16, 2014 As Hong Kong’s mass civil disobedience movement entered its 19th consecutive day on Thursday, authorities on the Chinese mainland have detained more than 60 people for openly supporting the move for universal suffrage, rights activists and lawyers said. According to the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights...