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Prisoners of Conscience
Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Activist Cao Shunli’s death on March 14, 2014, showed the lengths that China’s leaders are willing to go to suppress civil society voices. Cao Shunli unwaveringly pursued the goal to make use of international human rights mechanisms to improve rights conditions in China. As she said: “In China, those involved in drafting the government’s reports...

Select Profiles of Prisoners of Conscience

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 3/31/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 3/31/2014)

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 March 31, 2014, the data include records on approximately 200 new cases since December 31, 2013. The data is based on reports by human rights...
Prisoner of Conscience – Yuan Fengchu

Prisoner of Conscience – Yuan Fengchu

Yuan Fengchu Ÿ 袁奉初 Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place Length of Punishment: N/A Court: Chibi City People’s Court Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: May 25, 2013 (detained); July 13, 2013 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Jiayu County Detention Center (Hubei Province) Background Information Yuan Fengchu (aka...
Prisoner of Conscience – Yuan Xiaohua

Prisoner of Conscience – Yuan Xiaohua

Yuan Xiaohua Ÿ 袁小华 Crime: Gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place Length of Punishment: N/A Court: Chibi City People’s Court Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: May 25, 2013 (detained); July 13, 2013 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Jiayu County Detention Center (Hubei Province) Background Information Yuan Xiaohua was...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhang Baocheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhang Baocheng

Zhang Baocheng was seized with three other Beijing-based activists, Ma Xinli (马新利), Yuan Dong (袁冬), and Hou Xin (侯欣), in March 2013 after holding a demonstration in Beijing’s Xidan shopping district where they unfurled a banner calling on officials to publically disclose their assets.
Prisoner of Conscience - Yuan Dong

Prisoner of Conscience – Yuan Dong

Beijing police seized Yuan Dong along with three fellow activists, Ma Xinli (马新利), Zhang Baocheng (张宝成) and Hou Xin (侯欣) in March 2013 after they held a demonstration in Beijing’s Xidan district calling on officials to disclose their wealth. The protest was part of an anti-corruption campaign that began in late 2012, spearheaded by...
Prisoner of Conscience - Li Wei

Prisoner of Conscience – Li Wei

Li Wei, born 1971, was detained in April 2013 after taking part in demonstrations to protest the banning of Annie Zhang (张安妮), the daughter of Anhui dissident Zhang Lin (张林), from attending school. Prior to his current detention, he was actively involved in the New Citizens' Movement, a loose network of activists and lawyers...
Prisoner of Conscience - Ma Xinli

Prisoner of Conscience – Ma Xinli

Ma Xinli, born in 1966, is a former bus driver who has petitioned to protect intellectual property rights for his inventions, and called for reforming China’s Patent Law. Detained previously for such activities, he was seized along with other activists in mid-March 2013, when they attempted to submit an open petition with over seven thousand...
Prisoner of Conscience - Huang Wenxun

Prisoner of Conscience – Huang Wenxun

From Guangdong Province, Huang Wenxun was arrested in Hubei while on an “advocacy tour” called “Enlightening China,” which was intended to encourage citizen activism and spread democratic ideas and rule of law. The tour, initiated by Huang, began in April 2013 and had stopped at nine cities before arriving at Chibi City, where Huang was...
Prisoner of Conscience – Li Huaping

Prisoner of Conscience – Li Huaping

Shanghai-based Li Huaping, born in 1966, was a successful businessman before becoming a pro-democracy activist and supporting the development of an active civil society. Li was detained in a nationwide crackdown on freedom of assembly, association, and expression that began in early 2013. He supported and participated in the New Citizens' Movement (NCM), a loose...
Prisoner of Conscience – Zhou Weilin

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhou Weilin

Police took Anhui-based activist Zhou Weilin from his home in September 2013 without any warrant. The authorities also confiscated several of his personal belongings, including a computer, cell phone, and materials concerning human rights. In spring 2013, Zhou was put under administrative detention for protesting against violations of children's right to education. Zhou and several...