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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.
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)

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 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...
Prisoner of Conscience - Lin Yingqiang

Prisoner of Conscience – Lin Yingqiang

Nov 6, 2014 ⋅ Fujian-based activist Lin Yingqiang (林应强) was intercepted in Beijing during the Chinese Communist Party’s Third Plenum as he tried to raise awareness about corruption in his home province. His family lost contact with him after Lin told them that he was seized and detained in a “black jail,” an extralegal detention facility, waiting to be...
Prisoner of Conscience - Liu Jiacai

Prisoner of Conscience – Liu Jiacai

Nov 5, 2014 ⋅ Hubei-based democracy activist Liu Jiacai (刘家财) was administratively detained for “disrupting public order” for 10 days in August 2013, but on the day of his release, police criminally detained Liu on suspicion of the more serious criminal charge of “inciting subversion.” Prior to his detention, Liu had posted and shared views online about legal rights...
Prisoner of Conscience - Tang Jingling

Prisoner of Conscience – Tang Jingling

Oct 2, 2014 ⋅ 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

Sep 18, 2014 ⋅ 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 - 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.
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. 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.
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...