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[CHRB] Criminal Charges & State Media Smear Campaign Against Versatile Rights Activist (6/26-7/2/2015)

Police have recommended the arrest of activist Wu Gan (吴淦), known inside China as “The Butcher” (屠夫), on three criminal charges.

[CHRB] Criminal Charges & State Media Smear Campaign Against Versatile Rights Activist (6/26-7/2/2015)

Detained activist Wu Gan (吴淦), widely known by his online alias, “The Butcher” (屠夫), faces charges of “libel,” “creating a disturbance,” and “inciting subversion of state power,” and a state media smear campaign has been unleashed against him. Both the official media attack against Wu and the “inciting subversion” charge—which was added only when police sought his formal arrest—point to the aggressive campaign of President Xi Jinping’s administration to stifle provocative voices within China’s civil society.
[CHRB] More State-Approved Violence Against Rights Lawyers (6/20-25, 2015)

Unidentified men attacked lawyer Xie Yang (谢阳), leaving him with a fractured leg. Police did not respond to emergency calls for help during the assault.

[CHRB] More State-Approved Violence Against Rights Lawyers (6/20-25, 2015)

Four separate incidents of physical assaults against lawyers since April show the increasing risks faced by human rights lawyers in China, a trend that CHRD detailed in its 2014 annual report. In the latest incident of such violence, lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全章) was beaten in a Shandong courthouse on June 18, and he and two other lawyers, Chen Zhiyong (陈智勇) and Shi Fulong (石伏龙), were briefly detained. The lack of independent investigations and accountability for these attacks inflicted by government officials (or with state consent) has allowed the perpetrators to enjoy impunity.
[CHRB] Closed-Door Trial of Guangzhou Activists & Hunger Strike in Henan Detention Center (6/16-19/2015)

Lawyer Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) (above) and activists Yuan Chaoyang (袁朝阳) and Wang Qingying (王清营) faced trial on June 19 (image: Boxun)

[CHRB] Closed-Door Trial of Guangzhou Activists & Hunger Strike in Henan Detention Center (6/16-19/2015)

The trial of disbarred lawyer Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) and activists Yuan Chaoyang (袁朝阳 aka Yuan Xinting 袁新亭) and Wang Qingying (王清营) began behind closed doors at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on June 19. Meanwhile, The health of detained activist Jia Lingmin (贾灵敏) has rapidly deteriorated following a month-long hunger strike to protest abuses of her legal rights. Additionally, Beijing police have recommended defense lawyer Xia Lin (夏霖) be indicted on charges of “fraud.” Xia, the former defense lawyer of the co-founder of the independent think tank Transition Institute, Guo Yushan (郭玉闪), has been in detention since November 8.
Police Detain Two Rights Advocates as NGO Crackdown Intensifies

Disability/health rights activists Yang Zhangqing (杨占青) (left) and Guo Bin (郭斌) (right) are in police custody after being detained on June 12 in Guangdong Province

Police Detain Two Rights Advocates as NGO Crackdown Intensifies

On the evening of June 12, Guangdong police, in a coordinated move with state security officers from Beijing and Henan Province, seized two activists and detained them on suspicion of “illegal business activity.” Guo Bin (郭斌), the head of the NGO Zhongyixing, which advocates for the rights of persons with disability, is currently being held at Futian District Detention Center in Shenzhen. Yang Zhangqing (杨占青), who now works independently after previously working with a health rights and anti-discrimination group is being held at Huiyang District Detention Center in Huizhou City. They will reportedly be moved to Zhengzhou No. 2 Detention Center on June 15.
China Must Scrap Draft NGO Law, Respect Freedom of Association

Xu Zhiyong (许志永), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), and Guo Yushan (郭玉闪) have all been persecuted for their NGO activism. If China’s draft overseas NGO law is adopted, many others will face an uncertain future.

China Must Scrap Draft NGO Law, Respect Freedom of Association

The Chinese government must drop the draft Overseas NGO Management Law or remove proposed provisions that, as written, violate the fundamental human right to freedom of association and grant police vast powers to restrict civil society activism. Besides drastically restricting the operations of overseas non-profit organizations in China, the draft law targets domestic Chinese NGOs. Once enacted, it would deliver a “devastating” blow to independent Chinese groups.
China: Release Journalists, Protect Press Freedom

Some of the Chinese journalists in detention or prison today (clockwise from top left): Gao Yu (高瑜), Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木土赫提), Jiang Lijun (姜力均), Wang Hanfei (王寒非), Qi Chonghuai (齐崇淮), Zhang Miao (张淼), Hailaite Niyazi (海莱特尼亚孜), Chen Yongzhou (陈永州), and Dong Rubin (董如彬).

China: Release Journalists, Protect Press Freedom

On the eve of 2015’s World Press Freedom Day, CHRD calls on the Chinese government to release the dozens of journalists, bloggers, and citizen journalists imprisoned in China, including the recently imprisoned 71-year old journalist Gao Yu (高瑜). On April 17, a Beijing court sentenced Gao to seven years in prison for “illegally disseminating state secrets overseas” for allegedly sending a Chinese Communist Party directive to a US-based website. By the end of 2014, more journalists were in prison in China than in any other country, according to press freedom NGOs.
“Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China”

“Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China”

Human rights defenders in China experienced unusually severe reprisal in 2014, says CHRD in its annual report, Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China. CHRD asserts that the government’s persecution of human rights defenders in 2014 was as severe as it has been since the mid-1990s. The government has launched relentless and aggressive assaults on fundamental liberties to tighten its stranglehold on the rapidly shrinking space for civil society, targeting HRDs, the messengers of human rights.
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 June 22, 2015, CHRD has documented 115 cases of detention in total, including 26 arrests (12 have been released on bail), 32 criminal detentions (2 remain in custody), and 4 administrative detentions. Among these, 99 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.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Bian Xiaohui

Prisoner of Conscience – Bian Xiaohui

Bian Xiaohui 卞晓辉 Crime: Using a cult to undermine implementation of law Length of Punishment: 3 years and six months Court: Shijiazhuang Chang’an District People’s Court Trial Date: August 21, 2014 (suspended); December 12, 2014 (resumed) Sentencing Date: April 10, 2015 Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 12, 2014 (detained); April 17, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Shijiazhuang City No....
Prisoner of Conscience – Wu Rongrong

Prisoner of Conscience – Wu Rongrong

Wu Rongrong  武嵘嵘 (released) Crime: “Creating a disturbance” Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 7, 2015 (detained); April 13, 2015 (released on bail) Place of Incarceration: Haidian District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Hangzhou police detained Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘) on March 7 and searched her...
Prisoner of Conscience – Li Maizi

Prisoner of Conscience – Li Maizi

Li Maizi  李麦子 (released) Crime: “Creating a disturbance” Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 6, 2015 (detained); April 13, 2015 (released on bail) Place of Incarceration: Haidian District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Beijing police seized activist Li Maizi (李麦子, real name Li Tingting, 李婷婷)...
Prisoner of Conscience - Su Changlan

Prisoner of Conscience – Su Changlan

Guangzhou police seized housing and women's rights activist, Su Changlan (苏昌兰), after she expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began in late September 2014. She was originally summoned for “creating a disturbance,” but police criminally detained her the next day on a more serious charge, “inciting subversion of state power.” Local...

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.

Submission to UN on Guo Yushan and He Zhengjun – June 20, 2015

Jul 2, 2015 ⋅ Submission to: Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Special Rapporteur on the situation of...