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Prisoners of Conscience

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.
Prisoner of Conscience - Chang Boyang

Prisoner of Conscience – Chang Boyang

Sep 1, 2014 ⋅ Prominent rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常伯阳) had his home raided and was taken away for questioning in late May 2014 after local authorities repeatedly denied his requests to visit his clients - activists who were detained for organizing a memorial event earlier that year to commemorate June Fourth as well as former Chinese leaders...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhang Shaojie

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhang Shaojie

Sep 1, 2014 ⋅ Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie, along with approximately 20 church members, was forcibly taken into custody without a warrant in November 2013. In addition to a 12-year prison sentence, the court also ordered Zhang to pay a fine of 100,000 yuan (more than US$ 16,000) after he was convicted on a trumped-up "fraud" charge.
Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 6/30/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 6/30/2014)

May 29, 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 June 30, 2014, the data include records on approximately 200 new cases since March 31, 2014. The data is based on reports by human rights...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhao Zhenjia

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Zhenjia

Aug 12, 2014 ⋅ Activist Zhao Zhenjia (赵振甲) was seized at the Beijing South Railway Station in June 2013 and held incommunicado for weeks before his family members in Liaoning Province received his detention notice. Zhao’s detention stemmed from his participation in public gatherings that commemorated June Fourth. He is suffering from poor health in detention, but authorities...
Prisoner of Conscience - Dong Rubin

Prisoner of Conscience – Dong Rubin

Aug 12, 2014 ⋅ 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

Jul 8, 2014 ⋅ 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 - Zhao Fengsheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Fengsheng

Jun 30, 2014 ⋅ Hunan police seized rural activist Zhao Fengsheng (赵枫生) in late 2013 from his home and put him under criminal detention on a charge of “subversion of state power,” confiscating his computer and other materials without a warrant. In January 2014, local authorities formally arrested him for "using dangerous methods to endanger public safety," but he...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhang Xiangzhong

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhang Xiangzhong

Jun 30, 2014 ⋅ On July 2, 2013, national security guards took away activist Zhang Xiangzhong (张向忠) for questioning, shortly after they had followed him home from Beijing No. 3 Detention Center, where he had left money for detained activists. He was then criminally detained on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order” but tried for a...
Prisoner of Conscience - Pu Zhiqiang

Prisoner of Conscience – Pu Zhiqiang

Jun 13, 2014 ⋅ 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...

Prisoner of Conscience – Miao Deshun

Jun 4, 2014 ⋅ Miao Deshun (苗德顺), born in 1963, is believed to be the last person still imprisoned since being detained when the 1989 pro-democracy movement was suppressed in Beijing and other cities. Miao, a factory worker at the time, was seized on June 4 for allegedly throwing a basket on a burning tank near Wukong Bridge in...
Prisoner of Conscience – Ren ZiyuanŸ

Prisoner of Conscience – Ren ZiyuanŸ

May 28, 2014 ⋅ Ren Ziyuan, born in 1979, was a language and literature teacher at the Zoucheng No. 10 Middle School in Jining, Shandong before he was detained and arrested by the Jining City Public Security Bureau in May 2005 for allegedly trying to form a political party. In 2006, the court claimed in its verdict that Ren...