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[CHRB] Rights Campaigners Detained in Guangzhou, Activist Zhang Lin Sentenced to 3½ Years (9/5-11, 2014)

Police in Beijing confronting supporters of lawyer Cheng Hai (程海), who was given a hearing to challenge the one-year suspension of his license. (Image: RDN)

[CHRB] Rights Campaigners Detained in Guangzhou, Activist Zhang Lin Sentenced to 3½ Years (9/5-11, 2014)

Four activists who had organized or participated in a shirt-less run to raise awareness and funding for detained Guangzhou activists have been criminally detained for “creating a disturbance.” Anhui activist Zhang Lin (张林) has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, and is now the 14th person known to be imprisoned in the crackdown on peaceful assembly, association and expression, which ramped up in March 2013. In Beijing, police detained dozens of activists and lawyers, eventually sending two of them to administrative detention, after supporters tried to attend the hearing on the recent one-year suspension of lawyer Cheng Hai (程海)’s license.  
[CHRB] Imprisoned Tibetan Monk in Urgent Need of Medical Attention, 5 More Cases Go Under Medical Watch (8/29-9/4/2014)

Rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常伯阳) has been deprived of his right to legal counsel for over three months since his detention at the Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center.

[CHRB] Imprisoned Tibetan Monk in Urgent Need of Medical Attention, 5 More Cases Go Under Medical Watch (8/29-9/4/2014)

Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, is reportedly unrecognizable due to severe conditions in a prison in Sichuan Province. Weak and emaciated, the monk is serving an eight-and-a-half-year sentence on trumped-up charges of “illegally owning guns and explosives” and “occupation of state property.” In addition, CHRD has added five more cases to its “watch list” of detained individuals in urgent need of medical treatment, and CHRD recently wrote to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers about the alarming trend in China of authorities’ denying detained human rights defenders visits from their lawyers.
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.
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 17 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.
152 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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

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 September 15, 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 (10 are still detained) and 20 confirmed arrests. Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions, and one is 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 September 9, 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, 34 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation." To date, 14 individuals have been issued prison sentences in retaliation for their activism.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Dong Rubin

Prisoner of Conscience – Dong Rubin

Chinese blogger and Internet activist Dong Rubin was sentenced to 6 and 1/2 years in prison in July 2014. In addition to handing down a lengthy prison term, the Court fined Dong 350,000 yuan (nearly US$ 57,000). Seized in the previous September, Dong told the judge that he was subjected to 7-8 hours of interrogation...
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...
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’s human rights abuses demand a tougher U.S. approach

Sep 16, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by The Washington Post on September 14, 2014. THEY KEPT him in a cell so small he could walk barely two steps in any direction. There was no sunlight, no ventilation; just one five-watt bulb, burning dimly 24 hours a day. He was allowed nothing to read and no one to speak with,...
Video: Forced Eviction in China & 2014  CESCR Review

Video: Forced Eviction in China & 2014 CESCR Review

Sep 8, 2014 ⋅ The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued the Concluding observations on the second periodic report of China on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at its 17th and 18th meetings (E/C.12/2014/SR.17-18) held on 8 May. The below video is about the situation of the forced eviction and demolition...

Religious Liberty in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sep 4, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by CATO at Liberty on August 27, 2014.  BEIJING—Today China’s big cities look much like urban areas anywhere in the world. There are lots of cars. What I didn’t expect was to see a Christian “fish” on an auto. Religion is “on the rise,” one U.S. diplomat told me. It also is under attack by...