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Fears Grow For Chinese Activists Detained by Thai Police

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Chinese activists in exile in Thailand protest outside the China Cultural Center in Bangkok, Nov. 5, 2015.
(Photo courtesy of activists)

Rights groups are calling for the release of two Chinese democracy activists currently held by Thai immigration authorities after seeking political refugee status with the United Nations.

Dong Guangping fled China with his family in September after serving a three-year jail term for subversion from 2001-2004, and being “disappeared” and held for eight months in secret detention in 2014.

Political cartoonist Jiang Yefei had been in Thailand Continue reading

Family Demands Information After Chinese Activist Dies in Police Custody


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A Chinese rights activist from the southern province of Guangdong has died in a police-run detention center, in what his family says are suspicious circumstances.

Zhang Liumao was reported dead by authorities in the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but his family has been prevented from viewing his body, they told RFA.

Zhang had been charged with “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” Continue reading

Chinese Police Step Up Pressure on Feminist Five


8f52a699-2a9f-4df2-a6d3-9a566dd658ebAn undated photo of Chinese feminist activist Li Tingting, one of five women’s rights activists released in April after a month in detention.

One of the five Chinese feminists detained for planning an anti-sexual harassment campaign and since released on “bail” said on Tuesday that the authorities Continue reading

Two Months On, Lawyers For China’s Detained Attorneys Still Don’t Know Where They Are



image (68)Activists in Hong Kong demonstrate for the release of rights lawyers detained on the Chinese mainland, Aug. 25, 2015.

Two months after Chinese police carried out a midnight raid on the home of prominent human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband, sparking a nationwide police operation targeting hundreds of attorneys, her lawyers marched to a police station near where she is believed to be held to demand a meeting with Wang.

Li Weida and Lu Zhoubin, Continue reading

Relatives of Recently Disappeared Lawyers and Activists Write a Letter to China’s Minister of Public Security


Relatives of Recently Disappeared Lawyers and Activists Write a Letter to China’s Minister of Public Security

On the eve of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced

Disappearances (August 30)

Published: August 29, 2015

“Such fear and panic do not beset these lawyers and their families only; they beset the entire Chinese society.”

Honorable Mr. Guo Shengkun (郭声琨),

We don’t know if you will be able to read this letter, but we are writing it regardless in the hope that you may. We do not want to let slip the slightest hope. Continue reading

Protests as U.S. Calls For Release of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyers


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Chinese and U.S. officials wrapped up the last day of bilateral human rights talks in Washington on Friday, following growing calls for a tougher line with Beijing on human rights.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Thursday in protest at the country’s human rights record, citing a recent crackdown on Continue reading

Music Video Puts a Human Face on China’s Sweep of Lawyers

By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW AUGUST 4, 2015 6:57 AM August 4, 2015 6:57 am

Part roll call, part battle hymn, part warning that justice will be done, a new video circulating quietly in China documents the names and faces of some of the more than 200 civil rights lawyers and their associates who have been detained or questioned by the government since July 9, Continue reading

‘I Am Pregnant, But There’s Nobody to Look After Me’

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A plainclothes officer blocks the door from the inside of Zhang Haitao’s home in Urumqi, February 2015.
Photo courtesy of Zhang Haitao

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang detained prominent rights activist Zhang Haitao on June 26, charging him with “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.”

His wife, Li Aijie, who is pregnant with the couple’s child, Continue reading