Wang Quanzhang went missing in a 2015 crackdown
China has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison for state subversion.
Wang, 42, had defended political campaigners and victims of land seizures, as well as followers of the banned spiritual Falun Gong movement. Continue reading
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 human rights activists. 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
Tianjin 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
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
The 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
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
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
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