227. LIU YANLI

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liu-yanliPen name                Zhuaizhuai Reappearing
Sex                               Female

Birth date                1975-06-01

Birth place              Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Resident place       Dongbao District, Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Education                 Colleage

Profession                Bank clerk,  internet writer and blogger (ICPC member)

Date of arrest          2016-09-26 (detained), 2016-11-02 (arrest);2018-11-21 (arrest, 2nd)

Organ of arrest       Dongbao Branch of Public Security Bureau of Jingmen City,  Hubei Province

Cause of arrest        Online dissident writtings in general,  and in particular posting a dozen of short messages on her pages of Weibo (Chinese style of Twitter) and/or  in some friend circles on WeChat, concerning the negative comments on CPC former and present leaderships, namely late Chairman MAO Zedong, late Premier ZHOU Enlai and current President XI Jinping, mostly coped from other online sources, some even officially published in China, and other critical posts.

Charge                         Suspicion of defamation (1st), picking quarrels and provoking trouble (2nd)

Date of sentence      2019-01-31 (hearing); 2020-04-24 (verdict)

Organ of sentence  People’s Court of Dongbao District, Jingmen City, Huibei Province

Sentence                     Four years imprisonment

Defender                     Lawyer ZHANG Lei (1st); lawyers LIU Zhengqing (2nd, ICPC-WiPC legal consultant, disbarred), WU Kuiming and MA Gangquan, sister LIU Yuehua

Place of jail                 Detention Center of  Jingmen City,  Hubei Province

Situation in jail        OK (1st); reportedly beaten,  then cutting her wrists to commit suicide, and hospitalised (2nd)

Date of release          2017-05-27 (on bail), 2022-03-23 (?)

Family contact           PENG Gang (ex-husband), LIU Yuehua (sister): +86-15975322178

Donation to

Case adopted by        ICPC

Current Status         Main case
After released on bail 2017-05-27 pending trail for half a year, arrested again in 2018/11. On 2020-05-04, her appeal was submitted for her innocence against the court verdict issued on 2020-04-24.

 Reference
https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/liu-yanli
http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/9353/20200507/hubei-bank-clerk-in-china-jailed-for-critical-social-media-posts.htm
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/clerk-05062020112829.html
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/sentencing-arrest-activists-are-signs-chinas-unrelenting-crackdown
https://www.licas.news/2020/05/07/chinese-woman-sentenced-to-four-years-jail-for-social-media-posts/
https://www.nchrd.org/2020/05/veteran-activists-imprisoned-and-detained-for-online-speech/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/blogger-01312019111126.html
https://www.chinesepen.org/english/womens-rights-have-been-repeatedly-violated-in-china
https://pen.org/press-release/blogger-and-activist-liu-yanli-charged-with-defamation-in-china/
https://www.facebook.com/CHRDnet/posts/553745911416574