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Portraits of Defenders

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 12/31/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 12/31/2014)

Feb 3, 2015 ⋅ 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 December 31, 2014, the data include records on approximately 250 new cases since September 30, 2014. The data is based on reports by human rights...
Prisoner of Conscience - Bian Xiaohui

Prisoner of Conscience – Bian Xiaohui

Jul 2, 2015 ⋅ Bian Xiaohui 卞晓辉 Crime: Using a cult to undermine implementation of law Length of Punishment: 3 years and six months Court: Shijiazhuang Chang’an District People’s Court Trial Date: August 21, 2014 (suspended); December 12, 2014 (resumed) Sentencing Date: April 10, 2015 Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 12, 2014 (detained); April 17, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Shijiazhuang City No....
Prisoner of Conscience – Wu Rongrong

Prisoner of Conscience – Wu Rongrong

May 11, 2015 ⋅ Wu Rongrong  武嵘嵘 (released) Crime: “Creating a disturbance” Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 7, 2015 (detained); April 13, 2015 (released on bail) Place of Incarceration: Haidian District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Hangzhou police detained Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘) on March 7 and searched her...
Prisoner of Conscience – Li Maizi

Prisoner of Conscience – Li Maizi

May 11, 2015 ⋅ Li Maizi  李麦子 (released) Crime: “Creating a disturbance” Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: March 6, 2015 (detained); April 13, 2015 (released on bail) Place of Incarceration: Haidian District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Beijing police seized activist Li Maizi (李麦子, real name Li Tingting, 李婷婷)...
Prisoner of Conscience - Su Changlan

Prisoner of Conscience – Su Changlan

May 5, 2015 ⋅ Guangzhou police seized housing and women's rights activist, Su Changlan (苏昌兰), after she expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that began in late September 2014. She was originally summoned for “creating a disturbance,” but police criminally detained her the next day on a more serious charge, “inciting subversion of state power.” Local...

Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders

Mar 9, 2015 ⋅ Three rights groups in China launched an annual award to support human rights work in honor of activist Cao Shunli (曹顺利), who died on March 14, 2014, after being denied medical treatment for five months in detention. Human Rights Campaign in China (权利运动), Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch (民生观察), and Rights Defense Network (维权网) will...
Prisoner of Conscience – Kou Yanding

Prisoner of Conscience – Kou Yanding

Feb 16, 2015 ⋅ Kou Yanding寇延丁 (Released) Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 9, 2014 (detained); February 14, 2014 (released) Place of Incarceration: Haidian District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Beijing police seized writer and activist Kou Yanding (寇延丁) from a train en route to Shanxi...
Prisoner of Conscience – Xia Lin

Prisoner of Conscience – Xia Lin

Feb 16, 2015 ⋅ Xia Lin 夏霖 Crime: Fraud Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: November 8, 2014 (detained) Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 1 Detention Center Background Defense lawyer Xia Lin (夏霖), a colleague of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强) at Huayi Law Firm in Beijing, was summoned...
Prisoner of Conscience – Yu Shiwen

Prisoner of Conscience – Yu Shiwen

Feb 16, 2015 ⋅ Yu Shiwen (于世文) and his wife, Chen Wei (陈卫), were disappeared on May 23, 2014, until May 28, when their family received a notice saying both of them had been criminally detained on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place.” The charges apparently stem from their organizing a June Fourth...
Prisoner of Conscience – Tie Liu

Prisoner of Conscience – Tie Liu

Jan 30, 2015 ⋅ On February 25, the Sichuan court convicting Tie Liu of “illegal business activity” but issuing a suspended sentence in a case fraught with rights abuses. The trial at the Qingyang District People’s Court in Chengdu lasted for about one hour, and the court sentenced Liu to two-and-a-half years in prison, suspended for four years, and...
Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Jan 30, 2015 ⋅ Wang Zang 王藏 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 1, 2014 (detained); November 6, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Tongzhou District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background More than a dozen Beijing police officers took away artist and poet Wang Zang (王藏) in...