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[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

Jul 7, 2014 ⋅ A court has sent Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie (张少杰) to prison for 12 years, an indication of the CCP’s uneasiness with rights activism connected to religious institutions. Rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常柏阳) was formally arrested on July 3 on a charge of “illegal business activity,” apparently due to his work with the nonprofit Zhengzhou Yirenping,...
[CHRB] Labor Camp Victims Jailed for Seeking Justice; Accused “Illegal Demonstrator” Testifies to Torture in Court Trial (June 28 – July 3, 2014)

[CHRB] Labor Camp Victims Jailed for Seeking Justice; Accused “Illegal Demonstrator” Testifies to Torture in Court Trial (June 28 – July 3, 2014)

Jun 30, 2013 ⋅ Eight women once held at the notorious Masanjia Women’s Re-education through Labor camp in Liaoning Province were sentenced in mid-June to prison terms ranging from one year to 18 months in retaliation for seeking remedies for abuses they suffered. Ten more individuals have been formally arrested in the crackdown tied to the 25th anniversary of...
[CHRB] Arrested Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tothi Suffering From Multiple Illnesses & Other News (June 20 - June 26, 2014)

[CHRB] Arrested Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tothi Suffering From Multiple Illnesses & Other News (June 20 – June 26, 2014)

Jun 27, 2014 ⋅ Arrested Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木Ÿ土赫提) is suffering from serious and insufficiently treated illnesses while facing other forms of abuse, according to a lawyer who was finally granted a visit with him on June 26.  In another case, lawyers for imprisoned Tibetan monk Karma Tsewang (堪布尕玛才旺) were denied a request to see him on June...
[CHRB] Imprisoned Dissident Chen Xi in Failing Health (6/13-6/19/2014)

[CHRB] Imprisoned Dissident Chen Xi in Failing Health (6/13-6/19/2014)

Jun 19, 2014 ⋅ Imprisoned Guizhou dissident Chen Xi (陈西) is suffering from an untreated and serious intestinal illness and has been denied medical parole since he began serving his current 10-year sentence. His wife fears his life may be in danger if authorities do not provide him adequate medical care. In addition, Jiangxi activists Liu Ping (刘萍), Wei...
[CHRB] University Student Criminally Detained for June Fourth Tweet (6/6-12/2014)

[CHRB] University Student Criminally Detained for June Fourth Tweet (6/6-12/2014)

Jun 12, 2014 ⋅ Individuals continue to be detained after June 4. Prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强) was denied medical bail on June 9. University student Zhao Huaxu (赵华旭) was criminally detained after posting on twitter an article relating to June Fourth. On May 31, Yin Zheng’an (尹正安), a longtime labor activist from Hunan...
[CHRB] Nearly 100 Detained, Restricted in Movement Around 25th Tiananmen Anniversary (5/30-6/5/2014)

[CHRB] Nearly 100 Detained, Restricted in Movement Around 25th Tiananmen Anniversary (5/30-6/5/2014)

Jun 5, 2014 ⋅ CHRD to date has documented 43 criminal detentions and two arrests, beginning in April, in the most suppressive crackdown seen in China around June Fourth anniversaries. In total, CHRD has confirmed that 91 individuals have been detained, disappeared, questioned by police, or put under house arrest or forcibly taken “to travel” outside their cities of...
[CHRB] Crackdown Before 6/4 Anniversary: 50 People Detained, Disappeared or Summoned (5/23-5/29/2014)

[CHRB] Crackdown Before 6/4 Anniversary: 50 People Detained, Disappeared or Summoned (5/23-5/29/2014)

May 30, 2014 ⋅ Authorities continue to detain citizens in the days before the quarter-century anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. To date, CHRD has tracked 50 individuals affected by the crackdown. In addition, police in separate cases have criminally detained writer Jiang Lijun (姜力均) and netizen Liu Wei (刘伟), each on a charge of “creating a disturbance.” In Beijing,...
[CHRB] Under Criminal Detention: Labor Activist, Buddhist Priest & Rights Lawyers (5/16-22, 2014)

[CHRB] Under Criminal Detention: Labor Activist, Buddhist Priest & Rights Lawyers (5/16-22, 2014)

May 22, 2014 ⋅ Wu Guijun (吴贵军), a labor organizer in Guangdong Province, has been detained for one year a charge of “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order,” and been tried four times without a verdict.Five individuals have been detained in Hubei Province for “inciting subversion of state power,” including Sheng Guan (圣观), an activist-turned-Buddhist priest who was...
[CHRB] Tiananmen Anniversary Crackdown: Detainees Deprived of Medicine, More Taken Into Custody (5/9-15, 2014)

[CHRB] Tiananmen Anniversary Crackdown: Detainees Deprived of Medicine, More Taken Into Custody (5/9-15, 2014)

May 15, 2014 ⋅ Two participants in a June Fourth commemorative seminar being detained in Beijing are not getting proper medical care, according to lawyers who visited them on May 8. Human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强) is not receiving “ideal” treatment for his diabetes, while retired scholar Xu Youyu (徐友渔) has grown very gaunt, and police have not...
[CHRB] Crackdown Underway for Commemorating 25th June Fourth (5/2-8, 2014)

[CHRB] Crackdown Underway for Commemorating 25th June Fourth (5/2-8, 2014)

May 9, 2014 ⋅ Five dissidents and activists have been criminally detained after taking part in a seminar commemorating June Fourth held on May 3 in Beijing, while a veteran journalist who supported the 1989 pro-democracy protests also has gone under criminal detention. In Hunan Province, police also gave five-day administrative detentions to three activists who went to Shaoyang...
[CHRB] Labor Activist Criminally Detained, Torture at Hangzhou Police Station (4/28-5/1/2014)

[CHRB] Labor Activist Criminally Detained, Torture at Hangzhou Police Station (4/28-5/1/2014)

May 1, 2014 ⋅ Police in Guangdong Province criminally detained labor activist Lin Dong (林东) on April 22 for allegedly posting information online about the strike at the Yuyuan shoe factory in Dongguan City that began on April 14. Chu Liang (初亮), a China Democracy Party member, was interrogated and tortured by police on April 17-18 in Hangzhou. He...
[CHRB] Sentences, Trials, Arrests in Ongoing Crackdown: A CHRD Guide (4/18-4/24/2014)

[CHRB] Sentences, Trials, Arrests in Ongoing Crackdown: A CHRD Guide (4/18-4/24/2014)

Apr 24, 2014 ⋅ What is the current situation of individuals, including participants in the New Citizens’ Movement, who were swept up by Chinese authorities last year in President Xi Jinping’s strident crackdown on civil society? Since March 2013, CHRD has documented the detentions of 70 people—including activists, lawyers, and other citizens—and monitored their situation and changing status. Of...