Tag Archives: Tianjin

Torture & the Criminalization of Human Rights Advocacy

A new report released this week by Chinese Human Rights Defenders highlights the widespread use of systematic torture by Chinese security agencies as a key tactic aimed at extracting forced confessions from detained . The report notes that this phenomenon is part of a broader move by the Chinese state to legalize repressive measures and criminalize human rights advocacy. Benjamin Haas at The Guardian reports: Continue reading

Bill of Indictment Against Rights Activist Wu Gan

Wu GanTianjin Municipal People’s Procuratorate Number Two Branch

Bill of Indictment

TJ 2d Br Proc Crim Indict (2016) No. 10001

Defendant Wu Gan (吴淦), male, [redacted], identification card number [redacted], Han ethnicity, high school graduate, a native of Xiamen city Fujian province, administrative employee of Beijing Fengrui Law Firm (北京锋锐律师事务所), registered address [redacted], Continue reading

Lawyer detained in China crackdown released on bail but still under police surveillance, wife says

7 January 2017, Catherine Lai
xie-yanyi

Xie Yanyi. Photo: New Citizens Movement.

A lawyer detained in China’s sweeping crackdown in 2015 has been released on bail, but has not yet returned home, according to his wife. Continue reading

Chinese blogger-activist ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ to be indicted; lawyer not given access – report

wu-gan2The case of a Chinese blogger and activist known as “Super Vulgar Butcher” has been transferred to a court for indictment. Wu Gan, known for his creative protests on sensitive topics, was detained in May 2015 for joining a demonstration staged by lawyers seeking to reopen an old case. Following his detention, state media launched a high-profile attack to discredit him. Continue reading

China to Try Top Human Rights Lawyer, Delays Three Other Cases

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin have indicted prominent rights lawyer Li Heping on unknown charges, paving the way for a trial, while other lawyers detained in a July 2015 crackdown remain in pretrial detention. Continue reading

Bailed Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Have Yet to Regain Liberty

Poster by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network calling for the overturn of subversion rulings against lawyers and activists in China

Poster by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network calling for the overturn of subversion rulings against lawyers and activists in China. CHRD

Two prominent human rights attorneys detained at the start of a nationwide operation targeting lawyers last year have yet to regain their liberty, despite having been “released” on bail, rights activists said. Continue reading

China Jails Human Rights Lawyer for 7 Years on Subversion Charges

Television screen shot of Chinese lawyer Zhou Shifeng being escorted by police officers

Television screen shot of Chinese lawyer Zhou Shifeng being escorted by police officers to Tianjin No.2 Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, Aug. 4, 2016.

A court in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin sentenced a leading human rights lawyer to seven years in prison on Thursday, the third subversion trial this week of attorneys and activists who were rounded up in a sweeping crackdown on rights defenders a year ago. Continue reading

China Jails Activist For 7.5 Years For Subversion Amid Lawyer Crackdown

Democracy activist and house church leader Hu Shigen

Democracy activist and house church leader Hu Shigen is shown in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of Boxun.com

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday jailed a prominent pro-democracy activist and unofficial “house church” leader for seven years and six months on subversion charges as part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights lawyers and their associates. Continue reading