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[CHRB] Concerns Over Health of Detained Woman Activist & Anniversary of Cao Shunli’s Death (3/13-19/2015)

Shanghai activists call on the UN to investigate the death in detention of Cao Shunli (曹顺利) on the first anniversary of her death.

[CHRB] Concerns Over Health of Detained Woman Activist & Anniversary of Cao Shunli’s Death (3/13-19/2015)

Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), one of the five female human rights defenders under criminal detention in Beijing after a coordinated police action last week, has been denied any treatment for a serious medical condition. March 14 marked the one-year anniversary of the persecution to death of activist Cao Shunli (曹顺利), with supporters taking to the streets in several Chinese cities to commemorate her life. In a previously unreported incident, a friend and supporter of Cao Shunli, Wang Ling (王玲) recounted her experience of being put under criminal detention in February 2014 and subjected to mistreatment after she tried to visit Cao in the hospital.
“Silencing the Messenger: 2014 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China”

CHRD releases “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.
[CHRB] 5 Women’s & LGBT Rights Activists Detained in Escalating Clampdown on NGOs (3/6-12/15)   

The five female activists detained on March 6 and 7 (clockwise from top left): Zheng Churan (郑楚然), Li Tingting (李婷婷), Wang Man (王曼), Wu Rongrong (武嵘嵘), and Wei Tingting (韦婷婷).

[CHRB] 5 Women’s & LGBT Rights Activists Detained in Escalating Clampdown on NGOs (3/6-12/15)  

Five female activists working on women’s and LGBT rights issues have been put under criminal detention on suspicion of “creating a disturbance” after authorities in three Chinese cities seized nine activists in total on March 6 and 7. They were all taken into custody prior to a planned anti-sexual harassment campaign for International Women’s Day. Given the surrounding circumstances, the five criminal detentions appear to be government retaliation for the activists’ NGO advocacy work promoting equal rights for women, including holding China accountable to commitments made before the United Nations to eliminate discrimination against women.
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 February 18, 2015, CHRD has documented 115 cases of detention in total, including 25 arrests (one has 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 February 12, 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 January 28, 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 four 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 Crime: Creating a disturbance Length of Punishment: N/A Court: N/A Trial Date: N/A Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: May 27, 2014 (detained); July 2, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Zhengzhou City No. 3 Detention Center (Henan Province) Background Yu Shiwen (于世文) and his wife, Chen Wei (陈卫), were disappeared on May 23,...
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 detained nearly 1,000 rights defenders in 2014: group

Mar 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by AFP on March 16, 2015 BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese authorities detained nearly 1,000 human rights defenders in 2014, an advocacy group said Monday, accusing President Xi Jinping s government of setting China s “worst record of human rights violations since the mid-1990s”. The figure nears the number detained in the previous two years combined, the...

China Detains Women’s Rights Activists in Several Cities

Mar 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by New York Times on March , 2015 China detained at least 10 women’s rights activists over the weekend to forestall a nationwide campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation that was to overlap with International Women’s Day, according to human rights advocates and associates of those detained. At least five of the detained...

UN rapporteur on torture receives report on activist Li Biyun

Mar 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Asia News.it on March 5, 2015 Li took part in land rights campaigns and ran as an independent candidate in a local election. She accuses police of assaulting her whilst being handcuffed, depriving her of food and water and denying her medical care. She also accuses police of forcing her to submit to...