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[CHRB] Another Long Sentence for Detainee From 2013 Crackdown; 1,600 Cases of Arbitrary Detention & Torture Tracked Since 2012

Yunnan-based activist Dong Rubin (aka Bian Min) has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. (Image: Chinanews.com)

[CHRB] Another Long Sentence for Detainee From 2013 Crackdown; 1,600 Cases of Arbitrary Detention & Torture Tracked Since 2012

Yunnan-based activist Dong Rubin (董如彬), also known as Bian Min (边民), was sentenced in Yunnan Province to six-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “creating a disturbance” and “illegal business operations” on July 23. Dong’s sentence matches the longest yet for anyone detained during last year’s crackdown on peaceful assembly, association, and expression. Also, CHRD has released data on Chinese human rights defenders who were detained, tortured, or otherwise mistreated between April 1 and June 30. More than 200 cases were documented in the quarter, a third of which are related to suppression around the June Fourth anniversary.
UN Working Group Finds China’s Psychiatric Detention of Petitioner “Arbitrary”

Xing Shiku (邢世库) pictured in 2012 at the psychiatric facility in Heilongjiang Province where he has been involuntarily confined for more than seven years.

UN Working Group Finds China’s Psychiatric Detention of Petitioner “Arbitrary”

CHRD welcomes the opinion adopted by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) that the lengthy detention of Heilongjiang petitioner Xing Shiku (邢世库) in a psychiatric hospital has been “arbitrary.” In an opinion issued on May 20, the Working Group calls for Xing’s release and requests the Chinese government compensate him for the harm he has suffered during more than seven years in detention. The Working Group, a panel of five independent human rights experts, also has referred the case of Xing and his wife, who was detained in black jails after seeking Xing’s freedom, to the Special Rapporteur on Torture for investigation.
[CHRB] Activist Said to Be Secretly Sentenced to 4 Years, Enforced Disappearance of Tibetan Monk (7/10-17/2014)

Guangdong activist Huang Wenxun (黄文勋) is said to have been secretly tried and sentenced to four years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power.”

[CHRB] Activist Said to Be Secretly Sentenced to 4 Years, Enforced Disappearance of Tibetan Monk (7/10-17/2014)

Guangdong activist Huang Wenxun (黄文勋) is said to have been secretly tried and sentenced to four years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” in Hubei Province. Senior Tibetan monk and scholar Tenzin Lhunrup (丹增龙珠) reportedly disappeared in May 2014 after being seized by police in Diru County in the Tibet Autonomous Region, which saw a number of anti-government protests last year. In addition, family members and lawyers of detained Beijing lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强) and Guangdong activist Yuan Xinting (袁新亭) are alarmed at their worsening health.
Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

CHRD is concerned about the poor health of a number of Chinese prisoners, including Lü Jiaping (吕加平) and Zhu Yufu (朱虞夫).

Watch List of Detainees and Prisoners of Conscience in Need of Medical Attention

CHRD launched the Medical Watch List on June 26 to mark the UN’s International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. There are 13 cases of currently detained or imprisoned individuals who suffer from deteriorating health and have been deprived of adequate medical treatment and denied release on medical grounds. Some of them are experiencing the same pattern of abuse that led to the death of Cao Shunli—a lack of access to adequate medical treatment in custody, a gradual decline of health and development of new illnesses or injuries from torture, and rejection of requests for medical release. CHRD will be updating this list on a regular basis.
Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 6/30/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 6/30/2014)

CHRD has released partial data on human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been detained or subjected to torture and other forms of mistreatment since January 1, 2012. Compiling information through June 30, 2014, the data include records on approximately 200 new cases since March 31, 2014. The data is based on reports by human rights organizations working within China. The entire list of data, which is maintained on a regular basis, has information on more than 1,600 HRDs.
152 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 24, 2014)

Location of those affected by the crackdown around the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre

152 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 24, 2014)

Two months before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, authorities in China began detaining, disappearing, questioning, and intimidating Chinese dissidents, human rights lawyers and activists, journalists, and others. Many of the targeted individuals took part in the pro-democracy demonstrations in the spring of 1989. As of July 24, 2014, CHRD has documented 152 individuals who have been affected in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan, and Zhejiang, with 44 criminal detentions (15 are still detained) and 20 confirmed arrests. Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions, and four are still out of contact.
Individuals Detained in Crackdown on Peaceful Assembly, Association & Expression

Since March 2013, Chinese police have swept up dozens of citizens in a crackdown on peaceful assembly, association, and expression.

Individuals Detained in Crackdown on Peaceful Assembly, Association & Expression

Since March 2013, Chinese police have taken into custody dozens of citizens in a crackdown meant to suppress peaceful assembly, association and expression around the country. As of July 23, 2014, 70 individuals are known to have been criminally detained or disappeared in Beijing and many provinces. Among those detained, 44 are known to have been formally arrested, and 33 are known to have been indicted and/or tried. Additionally, 33 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation." To date, 13 individuals have been issued prison sentences in retaliation for their activism.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Ilham Tohti

Prisoner of Conscience – Ilham Tohti

Beijing police seized Ilham Tohti from his home in January 2014. Without producing a warrant, officers searched his residence over two days and confiscated laptop computers, cell phones, documents, and manuscripts. Tohti was arrested in February after Xinjiang authorities had held him incommunicado for weeks on a charge of “splittism” (Article 103 (1) of China’s...
Prisoner of Conscience - Pu Zhiqiang

Prisoner of Conscience – Pu Zhiqiang

Pu Zhiqiang is a prominent human rights lawyer and partner at the Huayi Law Firm in Beijing. Police seized Pu on May 4, 2014, after he had attended a private event the previous day commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. Pu was arrested just as the legal limit for holding him under criminal detention was set...
Prisoner of Conscience - Zhang Baocheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhang Baocheng

Zhang Baocheng was seized with three other Beijing-based activists, Ma Xinli (马新利), Yuan Dong (袁冬), and Hou Xin (侯欣), in March 2013 after holding a demonstration in Beijing’s Xidan shopping district where they unfurled a banner calling on officials to publically disclose their assets.
Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Cao Shunli & Her Legacy

Activist Cao Shunli’s death on March 14, 2014, showed the lengths that China’s leaders are willing to go to suppress civil society voices. Cao Shunli unwaveringly pursued the goal to make use of international human rights mechanisms to improve rights conditions in China. As she said: “In China, those involved in drafting the government’s reports...
China Continues Crackdown on Free Speech

China Continues Crackdown on Free Speech

Jul 28, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by The Washington Free Beacon on July 24, 2014 A Chinese online activist was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Wednesday amid an ongoing crackdown on free speech in the country, Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) reports. Dong Rubin, an outspoken advocate for human rights and environmental protections in China, received the...
China Using Psychiatric Treatment as Punishment for Political Dissident

China Using Psychiatric Treatment as Punishment for Political Dissident

Jul 24, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by The Washington Free Beacon on July 22, 2014 The Chinese government routinely uses psychiatric confinements as a tool to control dissidents, a Chinese human rights group said on Monday. Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD)  highlighted the case of Xing Shiku, a Chinese petitioner who has been involuntarily detained at the Daowai District Psychiatric Hospital in...
Christian persecution in China intensifies as pastor sentenced to 12 years in 'miscarriage of justice'

Christian persecution in China intensifies as pastor sentenced to 12 years in ‘miscarriage of justice’

Jul 23, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Christian Today on July 17, 2014 Friends, family, and supporters of Pastor Zhang Shaojie are speaking out against his 12-year prison sentence for fraud and “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” They say the conviction and sentence were a “miscarriage of justice.” The Christian pastor was sentenced on July 4 after being detained...