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Harsh Climate for Human Rights Defenders in China:2014 in Photos 中国大陆人权捍卫者面临严冬: 2014年图像回顾

In 2014, Chinese activists, writers, lawyers, journalists, artists, and citizens experienced one of the harshest years in government repression and retaliation. CHRD has recorded nearly 1,000 detentions in 2014 for exercising and defending human rights. We have produced an image gallery showcasing major trends and figures in China’s human rights landscape of 2014.

Harsh Climate for Human Rights Defenders in China:2014 in Photos 中国大陆人权捍卫者面临严冬: 2014年图像回顾

In 2014, Chinese activists, writers, lawyers, journalists, artists, and citizens experienced one of the harshest years in government repression and retaliation. CHRD has recorded nearly 1,000 detentions in 2014 for exercising and defending human rights. We have produced an image gallery showcasing major trends and figures in China’s human rights landscape of 2014. 2014年是中国政府打压活跃人士、律师、作家、记者、艺术家和其他维权公民最为 严峻的一年,他们因为行使和保护人权受到报复。这一年,我们经核实统计了近 一千例剥夺人权捍卫者人身自由的个案。我们并且整理了一个图片库回顾2014.  
Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 9/30/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 9/30/2014)

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 September 30, 2014, the data include records on approximately 150 new cases since June 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 1,800 HRDs.
[CHRB] Tibetan Village Leader Dies in Custody & 3 From 2013 Crackdown Given Prison Terms (12/12-18/2014)

Li Huaping (李化平) is among three activists sentenced to prison in Anhui Province on December 12. All were held in pre-trial detention for more than a year.

[CHRB] Tibetan Village Leader Dies in Custody & 3 From 2013 Crackdown Given Prison Terms (12/12-18/2014)

On December 12, a court in Anhui Province handed down sentences to three activists—Li Huaping (李化平), Yao Cheng (姚城), and Zhou Weilin (周伟林)—based largely on their roles in the 2013 protests advocating for the education rights of activist Zhang Lin (张林)’s daughter. Elsewhere, a village leader in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Bachen Gyewa, reportedly died in police custody on November 21. It is suspected that he was detained and killed in retaliation for challenging “stability maintenance” measures in Diru County, where government policies have become increasingly suppressive since late 2013.
Free Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng: Cases Rife With Injustice

Protesters call for the release of Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) outside the Tianhe District People’s Court in Guangzhou. Guo will be tried on November 28 with Sun Desheng (孙德胜) (image: CRLW)

Free Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng: Cases Rife With Injustice

CHRD calls on Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release activists Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) and Sun Desheng (孙德胜), who face trial at the Tianhe District People’s Court in Guangzhou on November 28. Guo and Sun took part in anti-corruption and free speech demonstrations in early 2013, and were later arrested in September and October, respectively. They were among dozens targeted as part of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on peaceful assembly, association, and expression that began soon after Xi took power. During pre-trial detention, Guo and Sun have both been subjected to torture and inhumane treatment, and denied a fair trial in a reasonable time period.
CHRD Releases “We’ll Beat You to Death With Impunity,” a report about 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.
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 December 12, 2014, CHRD has documented 112 cases of detention in total, including 18 arrests, 31 criminal detentions (11 remain in custody) and 5 administrative detentions, along with 11 individuals still held in some other form of police custody. Among these, 72 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 20 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 December 8, 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, 5 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 December 19, 2014, 70 individuals in total were taken into police custody, with 26 sentenced to prison. Among the total detained on criminal charges, 48 are known to have been formally arrested, of whom 41 have been indicted and/or tried (in grey below). Additionally, 30 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 – 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...
Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Haitong

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Haitong

Zhao Haitong 赵海通 Crime: Inciting subversion of state power Length of Punishment: 14 years Court: Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) Trial Date: May 13, 2014 Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: August 10, 2013 (detained); September 12, 2013 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Wusu City Prison Appeal Sentencing Date: October 2014 Background Activist...
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.

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: Lawyer

Dec 26, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by AFP on November 28, 2014 Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial on Friday (Nov 28) for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent. BEIJING: Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial on Friday (Nov 28) for helping...

China Activists Tried for ‘Disturbing Order’

Dec 26, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Reuters on November 28, 2014 Two Chinese human rights activists are standing trial Friday on charges of “disturbing public order,” becoming the latest dissidents to be prosecuted by Beijing. Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng were arrested in August 2013 after taking part in rallies outside a newspaper that had complained of government censorship. The...

China arrests intellectuals in a new wave of repression

Dec 26, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by EFE on December 4, 2014 Chinese authorities have arrested a number of public intellectuals and shut down two independent organizations in what many see as a preventive response to the threat of Hong Kong’s revolution spreading to the rest of the country, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders, CHRD , group said on Thursday....