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China Fails to Right A Wrong, Sentences Victim of Domestic Violence To Death a Second Time

Li Yan (李彦), victim of domestic violence, sentenced to death a second time.

China Fails to Right A Wrong, Sentences Victim of Domestic Violence To Death a Second Time

(The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders — April 24, 2015) Following a retrial of the death penalty case that was returned by the Supreme People’s Court, the Sichuan Provincial People’s High Court issued its verdict of death with a 2-year delay in execution to Li Yan (李彦), who had killed her husband after suffering repeated domestic violence. The announcement was made at Anyue County People’s Court on April 24, 2015. More than two years ago, hundreds of Chinese lawyers and activists urged China’s Supreme Court to halt the execution of Li Yan. The case was overturned by the court and received a second trial at the Sichuan High Court...
[CHRB] Alleged Torture To Coerce Confessions in Criminal Gang Case, Violence Against Lawyers (4/17-23/2015)

The injured wrists of Zhou Wuwen (周武文), a criminal case defendant who alleges police in Hunan Province shackled and tortured him.

[CHRB] Alleged Torture To Coerce Confessions in Criminal Gang Case, Violence Against Lawyers (4/17-23/2015)

Police allegedly tortured several defendants in a criminal gang case in Hunan Province in order to extract confessions, which prosecutors then used as evidence against them at trial, according to their lawyers. Among 47 total defendants in the case—all accused of being members of the triad known as “Zhou clan 118”—at least eight individuals have told their lawyers that they were tortured by police while in detention. The trial opened on March 24 at the Hengyang City Intermediate People’s Court, but proceedings were suspended this week after several defense lawyers were physically attacked outside the courthouse.
[CHRB] Call for Independent Investigation After Attack on Lawyer in Courthouse (3/20-4/16/15)

Lawyer Cui Hui (崔慧) was injured in an assault at the Tongzhou District People’s Court by judges and bailiffs on April 2. (Image: Beijing News)

[CHRB] Call for Independent Investigation After Attack on Lawyer in Courthouse (3/20-4/16/15)

CHRD joins more than 300 lawyers in China in calling for an independent investigation into the alleged violence against lawyer Cui Hui (崔慧), and for the perpetrators to be held legally accountable. Judges and bailiffs at a Beijing courthouse attacked Cui on April 2. The physical assault on Cui follows a pattern of increased violence against Chinese human rights attorneys while they conduct their work. This fall, the UN will review the Chinese government’s implementation of the Convention against Torture. CHRD calls on Chinese authorities to take measures to properly investigate the numerous allegations of officially-sanctioned violence against human rights lawyers.
“Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China”

“Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China”

Human rights defenders in China experienced unusually severe reprisal in 2014, says CHRD in its annual report, Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China. CHRD asserts that the government’s persecution of human rights defenders in 2014 was as severe as it has been since the mid-1990s. The government has launched relentless and aggressive assaults on fundamental liberties to tighten its stranglehold on the rapidly shrinking space for civil society, targeting HRDs, the messengers of human rights.
Activist Zhou Weilin Named First Recipient of Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders

Zhou Weilin (周维林) is the first recipient of the Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders. (image: RDN)

Activist Zhou Weilin Named First Recipient of Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders

Activist Zhou Weilin (周维林) has been named the first recipient of the Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders, selected by three Chinese groups sponsoring the award. The award committee, made up of three Mainland-based NGOs—Human Rights Campaign in China, Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, and Rights Defense Network—announced the decision on March 13, a day before the one-year anniversary of Cao Shunli (曹顺利)’s death in 2014.
China’s Problems With Torture & Impunity for Torturers

China’s Problems With Torture & Impunity for Torturers

Torture and mistreatment of detainees is endemic in China, CHRD has reported to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT). The Chinese government has taken very few measures that are effective in combating acts of torture and instead provides impunity for alleged perpetrators of torture. CHRD raised these and other concerns in information submitted to CAT prior to its review of China’s implementation of the Convention against Torture, which is set for November.
Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

A number of individuals in the Mainland have been detained for supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Individuals Detained in Mainland China for Supporting Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

A number of Chinese citizens have faced reprisals for supporting the Hong Kong protests for universal suffrage, which began in September 2014. The occupation of several areas in the territory, including parts of its financial and political center, has inspired many Chinese on the mainland. As of April 21, 2015, CHRD has documented 115 cases of detention in total, including 25 arrests (two have been released on bail), 33 criminal detentions (3 remain in custody), and 4 administrative detentions. Among these, 88 have been released.
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 21 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.
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

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 April 20, 2015, CHRD has documented 152 individuals who have been affected. To date, 20 individuals have been arrested, of which one has been put on trial, three have been indicted, and seven were released on bail. Fourty-four more have been put under criminal detentions (to date, 5 of those are still detained). Additionally, 15 activists have received administrative detentions.
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 April 14, 2015, 70 individuals in total were taken into police custody, with 27 sentenced to prison. Among the total detained on criminal charges, 49 are known to have been formally arrested, of whom 42 have been indicted and/or tried (in grey below). Additionally, 31 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation," and nine have been released at the end of their sentences.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience – Xia Lin

Prisoner of Conscience – Xia Lin

Xia Lin 夏霖 Crime: Fraud Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: November 8, 2014 (detained) Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 1 Detention Center Background Defense lawyer Xia Lin (夏霖), a colleague of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强) at Huayi Law Firm in Beijing, was summoned...
Prisoner of Conscience – Yu Shiwen

Prisoner of Conscience – Yu Shiwen

Yu Shiwen (于世文) and his wife, Chen Wei (陈卫), were disappeared on May 23, 2014, until May 28, when their family received a notice saying both of them had been criminally detained on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place.” The charges apparently stem from their organizing a June Fourth...
Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Prisoner of Conscience – Wang Zang

Wang Zang 王藏 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 1, 2014 (detained); November 6, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Tongzhou District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background More than a dozen Beijing police officers took away artist and poet Wang Zang (王藏) in...
Prisoner of Conscience – Guo Yushan

Prisoner of Conscience – Guo Yushan

Guo Yushan 郭玉闪   Crime: Illegal business activity Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: October 9, 2014 (detained); January 3, 2015 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Beijing No. 1 Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background In the early morning of October 9, 2014, Beijing police summoned Guo Yushan...

China jails 71-year-old veteran journalist for ‘leaking state secrets’

Apr 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Telegraph on April 17 A veteran Chinese journalist has been sentenced to seven years in prison for “leaking state secrets” in what activists described as the latest chapter in an unyielding Communist Party offensive against its opponents. Gao Yu, a 71-year-old writer who has spent decades chronicling Chinese politics, was arrested in April...

Calls Grow For Probe Into Beating of Chinese Lawyer in a Beijing Court

Apr 20, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on April 16, 2015 Hundreds of lawyers and rights activists are calling for an independent investigation into the alleged beating of Beijing-based lawyer Cui Hui by court officials in the Chinese capital. Cui, 51, says she was attacked by judges and bailiffs at the Tongzhou District People’s Court on the...

Activista chino encarcelado denuncia abusos sexuales a presos en China

Apr 17, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Nacion on April 16, 2015 El activista chino Guo Feixiong ha denunciado que las autoridades han abusado sexualmente de compañeros de su celda en la prisión del sur del país en la que está encarcelado. Guo, que lleva veinte meses bajo detención esperando la sentencia de su juicio, ha desvelado detalles de supuestos abusos...