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[CHRB] Discrimination against Women in China under UN Review; More Detained for Backing Hong Kong Protests (10/10-16/2014)

Police have detained activists for appearing in photos such as this one, in which the banners read, “Support Hong Kong” and “Embrace Freedom Through the Storm.”

[CHRB] Discrimination against Women in China under UN Review; More Detained for Backing Hong Kong Protests (10/10-16/2014)

On October 23, the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will review China’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. CHRD jointly submitted a report assessing the conditions in key areas of women’s rights with a coalition of Chinese NGOs. Meanwhile, authorities continue to crack down on individuals who express support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. Since the demonstrations began, CHRD has documented more than 60 detentions in total, including 23 criminal detentions, 3 administrative detentions, and 35 cases of people in other forms of police custody.
[CHRB] Beijing’s Newest Crackdown: Update on Detentions of Mainland Supporters of HK Protests (10/2-9/2014)

10 activists (among those pictured here) have been criminally detained in Beijing for expressing support for the protests in Hong Kong.

[CHRB] Beijing’s Newest Crackdown: Update on Detentions of Mainland Supporters of HK Protests (10/2-9/2014)

Into the second week of demonstrations in Hong Kong demanding universal suffrage, police across China have taken into custody dozens of activists, petitioners, artists, and others who had posted messages online or gathered to show support for the protestors. CHRD has now documented more than 40 cases in total, with the majority taking place in Beijing, including 11 criminal detentions and two administrative detentions, along with 29 individuals who remain in custody and at least five known to have gone into hiding. Police have harassed and intimidated countless others by visiting their homes and issuing warnings or taking them to police stations for questioning.
CHRD Condemns Sentencing of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木.土赫提) during his trial on September 18, 2014. (Image: CCTV)

CHRD Condemns Sentencing of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

The Urumqi City Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti (伊力哈木.土赫提) today to life in prison for the crime of “splittism.” CHRD condemns the persecution of Ilham Tohti for his peaceful advocacy for the equal rights of ethnic Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Ilham’s nine-month detention and his trial, held on September 17-18, have been rife with abuses of his human rights and due process rights, in violation of Chinese law and international standards. Ilham should not be imprisoned for exercising his human right to free expression.
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.
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 September 23, 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. Twenty individuals have been arrested, and 44 more have been put under criminal detentions (to date, 6 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 October 20, 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 34 are known to have been indicted and/or tried. Additionally, 34 are known to have been released on "bail pending further investigation." To date, 15 individuals have been issued prison sentences in retaliation for their activism.
PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE View List
Prisoner of Conscience - Tang Jingling

Prisoner of Conscience – Tang Jingling

Guangzhou-based human rights lawyer Tang Jingling was criminally detained in mid-May 2014 on suspicion of “creating a disturbance.” After police seized Tang, they searched his residence and confiscated a laptop, a tablet computer, cell phones, and books. On the same day, police took into custody two other Guangzhou activists, Wang Qingying and Yuan Xinting, who...
Prisoner of Conscience - Sun Desheng

Prisoner of Conscience – Sun Desheng

Guangdong-based activist Sun Desheng (孙德胜, also known as Sun Sihuo 孙思火) was seized and criminally detained on August 13, 2013. Authorities held Sun incommunicado until they transferred him to residential surveillance. He was formally arrested that October and moved into a detention facility. His participation in several civil society campaigns were all cited in his...
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. He was arrested in February on a charge of “splittism” after Xinjiang authorities had held him incommunicado for weeks. In September, Ilham Tohti was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment, in a case rife with human rights and due process rights violations.

China detains over 40 people for supporting H.K. protests

Oct 10, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by Kyodo News International on October 10, 2014 China has detained over 40 mainlanders over the past two weeks for supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, according to reports compiled by human rights activists and lawyers. The detainees come from a cross-section of Chinese society, ranging from artists and democracy activists to dispossessed Chinese farmers....

Hong Kong government cancels talks with protesters

Oct 10, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by USA Today on October 9, 2014 BEIJING — Saying “constructive dialogue” is impossible, Hong Kong’s government canceled plans for much-anticipated talks with protesters in an unprecedented civil disobedience movement that has paralyzed parts of the city for the past two weeks. The announcement by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam on Thursday came hours...

Poetry reading for Hong Kong protesters prompts detentions in Beijing

Oct 10, 2014 ⋅ Originally published by South China Morning Post on October 8, 2014 Police in Beijing detained at least seven people over a poem reading meeting last week in support of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. They are among the dozens of people who have been reportedly detained in China as the country’s online censors mount their...