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[CHRB] Rule Without Law: Prolonged Pre-Trial Detentions of Human Rights Defenders (1/23-29, 2015)

Beijing police released Transition Institute’s managing director Huang Kaiping (黄凯平) on January 28 following 110 days of enforced disappearance (image: RDN)

[CHRB] Rule Without Law: Prolonged Pre-Trial Detentions of Human Rights Defenders (1/23-29, 2015)

During a string of crackdowns since the spring of 2013, CHRD has documented an alarming number of excessive pre-trial detentions of human rights defenders (HRDs), who were not brought in front of a judge after having been in police custody for at least eight months, and with some held for more than a year-and-a-half. Meanwhile, Huang Kaiping (黄凯平), the managing director of the Beijing-based independent think tank Transition Institute, returned home on January 28 after being disappeared for 110 days. Huang still does not know where he was held, according to a lawyer who spoke with him.
[CHRB] Forced Psychiatric Detention & Reprisal Against Torture Victim Seeking Justice (1/16-22/2015)

Activist Liu Jie (刘杰) with rights lawyer Li Baiguang (李柏光) in 2012. (image: RDN)

[CHRB] Forced Psychiatric Detention & Reprisal Against Torture Victim Seeking Justice (1/16-22/2015)

Chinese authorities continued to illegally use forced psychiatric detention in 2014 to silence and punish petitioners, activists, and dissidents, according to a new report by a China-based NGO. This form of illegal detention was routinely used to “maintain stability,” particularly around “politically sensitive” periods of the year. Also, authorities in Heilongjiang have denied medical parole for imprisoned activist Liu Jie (刘杰), who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Beijing authorities held Jia Fengzhen (贾凤珍) of Liaoning in a black jail after she tried to file a petition over the lack of official response to her complaints of torture in a labor camp.
China: Revise draft anti-terrorism law to protect freedom of expression, association and dissent

China: Revise draft anti-terrorism law to protect freedom of expression, association and dissent

(Geneva) – Chinese authorities should withdraw or substantially revise a proposed counter-terrorism law which could be used to further monitor, censor and criminalise the work of human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists, the International Service for Human Rights and Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in a joint statement today. ‘China’s draft Anti-Terrorism Act contains a range of vague and overbroad provisions the interpretation and application of which could be used to further restrict and criminalise the work of human rights defenders,’ said ISHR Director Phil Lynch. Article 104 of the draft law defines ‘terrorism’ in broad terms to include ‘thought, speech or behavior’ that is ‘subversive’ or even that which seeks to ‘influence national...
[CHRB] Torture & Ill-treatment of Detainees & Political Charges Returning Under Xi (1/8-15/2015)

Beijing activist Song Ze (宋泽) has been tortured and mistreated in Daxing District Detention Center. (image: CRLW)

[CHRB] Torture & Ill-treatment of Detainees & Political Charges Returning Under Xi (1/8-15/2015)

Police at two detention centers in Beijing have tortured and mistreated two activists – Song Ze (宋泽, real name Song Guangqiang, 宋光强) and Xu Chongyang (徐崇阳) – arrested during the crackdown on supporters of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, CHRD sources have confirmed at least 22 cases of human rights defenders (HRDs) charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “subversion of state power” since May 2014. This is a sign that overtly political crimes as applied to dissidents, activists, and rights lawyers may be making a comeback under President Xi Jinping.
Harsh Climate for Human Rights Defenders in China:2014 in Photos 中国大陆人权捍卫者面临严冬: 2014年图像回顾

In 2014, Chinese activists, writers, lawyers, journalists, artists, and citizens experienced one of the harshest years in government repression and retaliation. CHRD has recorded nearly 1,000 detentions in 2014 for exercising and defending human rights. We have produced an image gallery showcasing major trends and figures in China’s human rights landscape of 2014.

Harsh Climate for Human Rights Defenders in China:2014 in Photos 中国大陆人权捍卫者面临严冬: 2014年图像回顾

In 2014, Chinese activists, writers, lawyers, journalists, artists, and citizens experienced one of the harshest years in government repression and retaliation. CHRD has recorded nearly 1,000 detentions in 2014 for exercising and defending human rights. We have produced an image gallery showcasing major trends and figures in China’s human rights landscape of 2014. 2014年是中国政府打压活跃人士、律师、作家、记者、艺术家和其他维权公民最为 严峻的一年,他们因为行使和保护人权受到报复。这一年,我们经核实统计了近 一千例剥夺人权捍卫者人身自由的个案。我们并且整理了一个图片库回顾2014.  
Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 12/31/2014)

Deprivation of Liberty and Torture/Other Mistreatment of Human Rights Defenders in China (Partial data, updated 12/31/2014)

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 December 31, 2014, the data include records on approximately 250 new cases since September 30, 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 2,000 HRDs.
Free Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng: Cases Rife With Injustice

Protesters call for the release of Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) outside the Tianhe District People’s Court in Guangzhou. Guo will be tried on November 28 with Sun Desheng (孙德胜) (image: CRLW)

Free Guo Feixiong and Sun Desheng: Cases Rife With Injustice

CHRD calls on Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release activists Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) and Sun Desheng (孙德胜), who face trial at the Tianhe District People’s Court in Guangzhou on November 28. Guo and Sun took part in anti-corruption and free speech demonstrations in early 2013, and were later arrested in September and October, respectively. They were among dozens targeted as part of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on peaceful assembly, association, and expression that began soon after Xi took power. During pre-trial detention, Guo and Sun have both been subjected to torture and inhumane treatment, and denied a fair trial in a reasonable time period.
CHRD Releases “We can Beat You to Death With Impunity,” a report about secret detention & abuse of women in China’s black jails

CHRD Releases “We can Beat You to Death With Impunity,” a report about secret detention & abuse of women in China’s black jails

CHRD has released a new report, “We can Beat You to Death With Impunity:” Secret Detention & Abuse of Women in China’s "Black Jails". The report examines widespread detention in extralegal facilities known as “black jails,” and particularly abuses against women locked up in the facilities, where roughly 80% of detainees are female. Inside these shadowy holding cells, detainees—including elderly women, migrant women, women who lost land or were victimized by forced eviction, women with disabilities, and mothers with young children—are subjected to appalling abuses, from physical and sexual assaults to deprivation of medical treatment.
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 January 27, 2015, CHRD has documented 112 cases of detention in total, including 24 arrests, 29 criminal detentions (9 remain in custody) and 5 administrative detentions, along with 7 individuals still held in some other form of police custody. Among these, 73 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 20 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 January 28, 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, one has been indicted, and five 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 – Jia Lingmin

Prisoner of Conscience – Jia Lingmin

Jia Lingmin贾灵敏 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 7, 2014 (detained); May 30, 2014 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center (Henan Province) Background Henan activist Jia Lingmin (贾灵敏) was criminally detained on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to...
Prisoner of Conscience – Han Ying

Prisoner of Conscience – Han Ying

Han Ying 韩颖 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: Fengtai District Detention Center (Beijing Municipality) Background Police forcibly entered the home of Beijing-based housing and child rights activist Han Ying (韩颖) the...
Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Haitong

Prisoner of Conscience – Zhao Haitong

Zhao Haitong 赵海通 Crime: Inciting subversion of state power Length of Punishment: 14 years Court: Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) Trial Date: May 13, 2014 Sentencing Date: N/A Dates of Detention/Arrest: August 10, 2013 (detained); September 12, 2013 (arrested) Place of Incarceration: Wusu City Prison Appeal Sentencing Date: October 2014 Background Activist...
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.

Chinese Activist Denied Lawyer, Family Visits, Health Status Unknown

Jan 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on January 22, 2015 The husband of women’s rights activist Su Changlan, held on subversion charges after she supported Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, says he will sue the authorities over their refusal to allow her a meeting with a defense lawyer, and over a total lack of official communication about...

China’s Legal Profession Had ‘Worst Year Ever’ in 2014

Jan 23, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by Radio Free Asia on January 20, 2015 China’s embattled legal profession ended last year with at least seven prominent rights attorneys behind bars, in one of its worst years since its renaissance in the 1980s, an overseas rights group said in a recent article. The Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group, which translates...

German Newspaper Details Detention of Its Researcher in Beijing

Jan 20, 2015 ⋅ Originally published by The New York Times on January 14, 2015 A correspondent for the German newspaper Die Zeit who left China after her Chinese researcher was detained in October, and security agents said they thought she herself might be a spy, has now published the harrowing details of the ordeal. In her account in Die...