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[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)

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...
[CHRB] Lawyer Detained for Driving Car with Anti-Corruption Slogans upon Arriving at Ding Jiaxi’s Trial (4/11-4/17/2014)

[CHRB] Lawyer Detained for Driving Car with Anti-Corruption Slogans upon Arriving at Ding Jiaxi’s Trial (4/11-4/17/2014)

Guangdong lawyer Wang Quanping (王全平) was criminally detained on a charge of “creating a disturbance” by Beijing police. Wang had driven to Beijing all the way from Jiangmen City in Guangdong with his car painted with sarcastic messages mocking the government’s persecution of New Citizens’ Movement members. Shenzhen labor rights NGO staff Jian Hui (简辉)...
[CHRB] Details of Lawyers’ Torture Emerge, 3 Tibetan Villagers Given Long Sentences (4/4-4/10/2014)

[CHRB] Details of Lawyers’ Torture Emerge, 3 Tibetan Villagers Given Long Sentences (4/4-4/10/2014)

Three human rights lawyers recently released from detention in Heilongjiang Province—Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jitian (唐吉田), and Wang Cheng (王成)—have confirmed reports of being torture in police custody, adding to the spate of violence against lawyers and activists in Jiansanjiang since late March. In addition, delayed trials for three activists involved in the “New Citizens’...
[CHRB] Tibetan Dies From Torture Suffered in Prison; Lawyers Detained for Exposing Black Jail (3/21-3/27/2014)

[CHRB] Tibetan Dies From Torture Suffered in Prison; Lawyers Detained for Exposing Black Jail (3/21-3/27/2014)

Tibetan political prisoner Goshul Lobsang died on March 19 in Gansu Province following torture that he suffered in prison, about five months after being released on medical parole. Reportedly, Lobsang, 43, was brutally tortured while detained, including being shackled and beaten. Also, four human rights lawyers were seized on March 21 after going to Heilongjiang...
[CHRB] Two Dozen Detained Over Black Jail Case, Former RTL Abuse Victim Under Criminal Detention (3/28/-4/3/2014)

[CHRB] Two Dozen Detained Over Black Jail Case, Former RTL Abuse Victim Under Criminal Detention (3/28/-4/3/2014)

More than two dozen individuals, including human rights lawyers, activists, and relatives of detained Falun Gong practitioners, now have been physically assaulted or given detentions in Heilongjiang Province in connection to a black jail investigation. Jiansanjiang City authorities have admitted to administratively detaining 11 people on March 22 on suspicion of “using cult activities to...
[CHRB] (3/7-3/13/2014) Guangdong Activists Going to Trial, Jiangsu Police Assault Pregnant Petitioners

[CHRB] (3/7-3/13/2014) Guangdong Activists Going to Trial, Jiangsu Police Assault Pregnant Petitioners

The pre-trial meeting for Guangdong activists Huang Wenxun (黄文勋), Yuan Fengchu (袁奉初) (aka Yuan Bing, 袁兵) and Yuan Xiaohua (袁小华) will reportedly begin on March 13 at the Chibi City People’s Court in Hubei Province. In late May of 2013, the three men were seized in Chibi while taking part in an “advocacy tour” that...
[CHRB] (2/28-3/6/2014) Activist Detained After Attending Human Rights Training; Cao Shunli Still in Critical Condition

[CHRB] (2/28-3/6/2014) Activist Detained After Attending Human Rights Training; Cao Shunli Still in Critical Condition

Activist Cao Shunli (曹顺利), whose health status has grown life-threatening, remains in critical condition though her health has improved slightly following urgent medical intervention. Being treated at 309 Military Hospital, Cao has reportedly been able to move her eyes and her fever is gone, according to Cao's family and close friend. Police in Beijing have...
[CHRB] (2/14-27/2014) Police Beat Former Masanjia Labor Camp Detainees, Uyghur Scholar Arrested

[CHRB] (2/14-27/2014) Police Beat Former Masanjia Labor Camp Detainees, Uyghur Scholar Arrested

Police recently beat three former detainees from the notorious Masanjia Women’s Re-education through Labor camp when they tried to petition authorities in Liaoning Province. The women, Liu Hua (刘华), Hao Wei (郝威), and Jia Fengzhen (贾风珍), entered the Ministry building to register the names of the group but ended up being assaulted by police, who...
[CHRB] (2/14-20/2014) Henan to Close Illegal “Discipline Centers”; Guangzhou Activist Arrested

[CHRB] (2/14-20/2014) Henan to Close Illegal “Discipline Centers”; Guangzhou Activist Arrested

Henan provincial authorities recently announced it would immediately close and investigate “abnormal petitioning discipline centers,” extralegal facilities akin to “black jails” that have been used to hold petitioners intercepted in Beijing. In addition, Guangdong activist Liang Songji (梁颂基), an activist from Guangdong Province, was arrested on charges of “obstructing official business” on February 10. He...
[CHRB] Activist Given 3 Years for Inciting Subversion, Tibetans Tortured to Death (2/7-13/2014)

[CHRB] Activist Given 3 Years for Inciting Subversion, Tibetans Tortured to Death (2/7-13/2014)

Democracy activist Liu Benqi (刘本琦) was sentenced to three years for “inciting subversion of state power.” His wife, Liu Ying (刘英), recently visited him and has said his face looked swollen, which she thought was likely due to poor nutrition at the detention center. Meanwhile in the Tibet Autonomous Region, two detained monks have reportedly...
[CHRB] Guizhou Activist Disappeared; Police Role Suspected in “Suicide” of Activist’s Father (1/31-2/6/2014)

[CHRB] Guizhou Activist Disappeared; Police Role Suspected in “Suicide” of Activist’s Father (1/31-2/6/2014)

Democracy rights activist Mi Chongbiao (糜崇标) and his wife, Li Kezhen (李克珍), have been out of contact since September 2013, after being held under illegal house arrest since last June in Guizhou Province. Police placed the couple under tight 24-hour surveillance last summer just days after Mi had posted online a complaint that he had...
[CHRB] Show Trials of Anti-Corruption Activists Held, Suspended (1/17-1/30/14)

[CHRB] Show Trials of Anti-Corruption Activists Held, Suspended (1/17-1/30/14)

Beijing courts recently held proceedings for several activists with ties to the “New Citizens’ Movement.” Legal advocate Xu Zhiyong (许志永) was given a four-year sentence on January 26, while activist Yuan Dong (袁冬) was sentenced to 18 months three days later. Trials for other anti-corruption campaigners were suspended.