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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.
[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

Zhang Shaojie (张少杰), a pastor from a government-sanctioned church in Henan Province, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after helping church members pursue grievances.

[CHRB] New Government Rules to Punish Journalists for Disclosing “State Secrets,” Detained Lawyer Repeatedly Denied Access to Lawyer

A court has sent Christian pastor Zhang Shaojie (张少杰) to prison for 12 years, an indication of the CCP’s uneasiness with rights activism connected to religious institutions. Rights lawyer Chang Boyang (常柏阳) was formally arrested on July 3 on a charge of “illegal business activity,” apparently due to his work with the nonprofit Zhengzhou Yirenping, while China Democratic Party member Lü Gengsong (吕耿松) of Hangzhou was criminally detained on July 8 on suspicion of “subversion of state power.” In addition, Chinese media regulators have issued a new set of rules to governing use of information deemed “states secrets.”
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.
151 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 22, 2014)

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

151 Individuals Affected by Government Crackdown Around 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre (Updated July 22, 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 22, 2014, CHRD has documented 151 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 19 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 17, 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, 12 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's Media Ban on Reporting of State Secrets 'Too Vague'

China’s Media Ban on Reporting of State Secrets ‘Too Vague’

Jul 15, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by RFA on July 10, 2014 Recent rules issued by China’s top media regulator to formalize a ban on the reporting of state secrets by the country’s tightly controlled media are too vague to be useful to journalists, and will instead leave them vulnerable to individual interpretations, analysts said on Thursday. In what is...
China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial, say rights groups

China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial, say rights groups

Jul 9, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by AFP on July 4, 2014 BEIJING, July 4 — Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups said today.The activists were formally accused yesterday of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in the central province of Henan,...

Select Profiles of Prisoners of Conscience

May 20, 2014 ⋅ CHRD profiles selected individuals who have been sent to prison or Re-education through Labor in retaliation for their human rights activism or exercising their universal rights. Some of them have already been released.