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Michael Caster and Peter Dahlin:China should be proud of Wang Quanzhang – instead it persecutes him


Li Wenzu, 31, wife of imprisoned lawyer Wang Quanzhang poses for a portrait with their son Wang Guangwei, 3. Photograph: Adam Dean for the Guardian

Last July, the Chinese government launched its most widespread crackdown on rule of law advocates in decades, detaining some 300 rights defenders. Some have been held incommunicado since, with lawyers and family members trying to visit them in detention being told to look elsewhere. Continue reading

China’s Rights Lawyers Say Judicial White Paper ‘Full of Lies’


Wives of Chinese human rights lawyers detained in a 2015 crackdown wearing the names of their husbands after filing complaints at the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 4, 2016. AFP

Rights lawyers have dismissed recent claims by the ruling Chinese Communist Party that it has improved treatment of prisoners and detainees in its judicial system, saying the country’s human rights situation continues to worsen. Continue reading

Concerns Mount For Detained Chinese Lawyers on ‘Disappearance Day’

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A screen shot from the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group’s Facebook page showing detained family members and attorneys, June 7, 2016. RFA

Concerns are growing for the safety of dozens of human rights lawyers and associates locked up in an unknown location by the Chinese authorities in a crackdown that started in July 2015, as the international community marks a day of concern for the victims of enforced disappearances. Continue reading

Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Tortured’ in Detention on Subversion Charges

Detained rights lawyer Xie Yang

Detained rights lawyer Xie Yang is shown in an undated file photo. New Citizens Movement

The family of a Chinese attorney detained during a recent nationwide crackdown on human rights lawyers has accused the authorities of allowing his torture in detention. Continue reading

Chinese Activists’ Families Face House Arrest, Travel Bans: Lawyers

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Li Wenzu (R), wife of detained rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, says state security police officers prevented her and their son from leaving their home in an interview with RFA on Aug. 11, 2016. RFA

Chinese authorities are continuing to mete out punishment by association to the families of detained human rights lawyers and activists, preventing them from leaving the county on “national security” grounds, activists said. Continue reading

Wife of Detained Lawyer Accuses Beijing Police of Harassment

A delivery cart and cyclist ride past a building housing the Fengrui law firm in Beijing

A delivery cart and cyclist ride past a building housing the Fengrui law firm in Beijing. Several lawyers from the firm have been targeted by authorities.

The wife of a detained human rights lawyer in China has accused Beijing police of harassing her landlord and forcing him not to renew her lease. 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

Zhao Wei’s Detained Lawyer Writes “Apology” Letter

Legal assistant Zhao Wei, who was detained in July 2015 and charged with “subversion of state power,” has reportedly been released on bail but her current whereabouts are unknown. Zhao had worked as a paralegal for Li Heping, a prominent rights lawyer who was detained along with dozens of other lawyers in the “Black Friday” crackdown a year ago. After her reported release, Zhao’s social media accounts were updated with messages expressing regret for her involvement with rights activism, and accusing her lawyer Ren Quanniu of spreading rumors for saying that Zhao had been sexually abused in prison. However, her husband and others doubted that the messages had been written by her. Meanwhile, Ren, who has also since been detained for “making up and spreading false information,” has written an alleged apology. Catherine Lai of Hong Kong Free Press reports on the letter: Continue reading