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Former Lawyer, Handicapped from Torture, Ni Yulan, is Criminally Detained for “creating a disturbance”

Posted by Author on April 18, 2011


Housing rights activist and former lawyer Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) has been criminally detained in Beijing for “creating a disturbance,” CHRD learned today. No information is currently available regarding the fate of her husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤), who was seized by police along with Ni on April 7. CHRD has now documented the criminal detention of 38 dissidents and activists as part of the current crackdown, launched by the government to suppress potential “Jasmine Revolution” protests. Another 16 individuals, including Dong, remain missing after being taken away by police. Some, such as human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) and Teng Biao (滕彪), as well as activist and IT expert Gu Chuan (古川), have now been missing for nearly two months.

“Detaining Ni Yulan, who has been left wheelchair-bound by torture while previously detained, for ‘creating a disturbance’ shows how little regard the Chinese government has for its own laws or for international human rights norms,” said Renee Xia, CHRD’s International Director. “It also demonstrates how little pressure the Chinese government has felt from the international community during this ongoing crackdown. Read the rest of this entry »

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My friend, the dissident who ‘disappeared’ in China

Posted by Author on March 30, 2011


You might think it gets easier to stomach news of a good friend or terrific individual ”disappearing” in China, given the rate at which it has been happening. But Yang Hengjun vanishing from Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport hits deeper into the abdomen and rises further up the throat, I think, because it comes with an added feeling that the ground for everyone in China is shifting fast beneath our feet.

Nobody has heard from ”Henry” Yang since Sunday when the Sydney writer phoned a colleague to say he was being followed by three men. Australian diplomats, already struggling to cope with the growing list of detained ethnic Chinese Australians, say they are urgently trying to find him. Yesterday Yang’s legions of online followers voiced hope that this increasingly brutal system would not be so irrational as to ”disappear” him, rather than simply warn him that the censor’s red line was closing in. Read the rest of this entry »

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China detains Australian activist Yang Hengjun

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


(The Australian) CANBERRA has been kept in the dark on the whereabouts of Australian Yang Hengjun, who has been caught up in the biggest crackdown against democracy activists by Chinese authorities since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Dr Yang, an author and internet activist, was detained at Guangzhou airport in southern China on Sunday, according to friends who spoke to The Australian.

He was on his way to a pro-democracy conference in Beijing where he was planning to speak. Read the rest of this entry »

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China charges two activists amid “Jasmine” crackdown

Posted by Author on March 29, 2011


(AFP) BEIJING — China has formally arrested two activists on charges of “inciting subversion” amid a widening crackdown on dissent linked to calls for “Jasmine” protests, rights groups said Tuesday.

Ding Mao and Ran Yunfei were both detained in the southwestern province of Sichuan in February and have been formally accused of “inciting subversion of state power” amid calls for protests emulating those sweeping the Arab world.

According to the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the family of Ding, who was once jailed for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, was formally notified of the charges Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Charges Well-Known Internet Writer Ran Yunfei with Subversion

Posted by Author on March 28, 2011


(VOA News) China has charged well-known pro-democracy writer and editor Ran Yunfei with subversion for his alleged role in calling for popular uprisings in China similar to those gripping the Middle East and North Africa.

Ran’s wife told VOA’s Mandarin service she received a copy of the formal charging documents Monday, and says they were dated last Friday. She said she will move quickly to hire a lawyer to defend her spouse, and expects formal court proceedings within two months. Read the rest of this entry »

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(video) Missing Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng awarded Bindmans Law and Campaigning prize, wife Geng He accepted the award on his behalf

Posted by Author on March 26, 2011


Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng was named the winner of the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award at tonight’s Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression awards, sponsored by SAGE.

Gao Zhisheng was unable to attend and his wife, Geng He, accepted the award on his behalf, via video.

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Chinese Activist Sentenced to Ten Years for Inciting Subversion; Essays Cited as Evidence

Posted by Author on March 25, 2011


In a trial lasting less than two hours and marked with procedural irregularities, a Sichuan court sentenced Liu Xianbin (刘贤斌), a signer of Charter 08 and long-time advocate of democratic reform in China, to ten years in prison and two years and four months of deprivation of political rights.

Liu’s wife, Chen Mingxian (陈明先), who attended the trial and saw her husband for the first time since he was detained in June 2010, said, “The judge interrupted Liu many times and did not give him a chance to read his prepared statement. The judge also kept cutting off Liu’s lawyer when was presenting the defense statement.”  She added that after the verdict was announced, Liu declared: “I’m innocent. I protest!” Read the rest of this entry »

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China arrests more activists for urging protests

Posted by Author on March 14, 2011


BEIJING — Police in China have arrested and charged more activists with subversion, rights groups say, as online calls Sunday urged Chinese to join anti-government rallies for the fourth week running.

Guo Weidong, 38, was charged with “inciting subversion” Friday after he posted Internet calls for protesters to attend rallies marking the “Jasmine revolution,” the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China said.

Guo, a businessman in east China’s Zhejiang province, was taken into police custody Thursday, the Hong Kong-based centre said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese authorities keep tight grip on former prisoners of conscience after their jail term

Posted by Author on March 3, 2011


Instead of freeing prisoners of conscience when they complete a jail sentence, the Chinese authorities have for the past few months been using their supposed release to mask the fact that they have been placed under house arrest, or subjected to some other curtailment of their freedom or, worse still, forced disappearance.

They seem determined to never fully release such detainees, doing everything in their power to keep them isolated from their families and the rest of society by cutting off their means of communication or restricting their movements. They are also confining writers, lawyers, dissidents and human rights activists in a similar manner, blocking their phone lines and Internet connections in order to cut them off from the outside world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Heavy Charges for Chinese Activists before the Jasmine Rallies Call Appeared on Internet

Posted by Author on February 26, 2011


A few days before the Jasmine Rallies called for by Chinese organizers to be held in 23 cities on Sunday, February 27, the Chinese authorities have charged many activists with serious state security crimes, including “subversion of state power” and “inciting subversion of state power.” Those charged include three Sichuan activists: public intellectual Ran Yunfei (冉云飞), rights activists Chen Wei (陈卫), and Ding Mao (丁矛); Jiangsu rights activist Hua Chunhui (华春辉); and Harbin-based blogger Liang Haiyi (梁海怡), who goes by the penname Miaoxiao (渺小). Read the rest of this entry »

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China detains, censors bloggers on ‘Jasmine Revolution’

Posted by Author on February 26, 2011


New York, February 25, 2011— China’s censors tightened Internet controls and security officials harassed and detained writers and activists in the wake of an online appeal for a “Jasmine Revolution” in China, according to international human rights groups and news reports. The apparent crackdown came in advance of two top legislative meetings, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, scheduled for March.

Censors blocked the word “jasmine” after overseas dissident-run news website Boxun and Chinese Twitter users broadcast calls on February 19 to mobilize street protests modeled on recent unrest in the Middle East, according to international news reports. (Twitter is generally blocked in China but accessible to users of proxy networks based overseas.) Only a handful of protesters appeared, although calls continued for government protests characterized as “strolls” to continue every Sunday around China, according to The Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fear of Middle East-style democracy movement, China charges subversion for Internet User’s protest repostings

Posted by Author on February 24, 2011


BEIJING — China filed subversion charges against Internet users who reposted a call for protests as the authoritarian government enforced its crackdown against any Middle East-style democracy movement, activists said.

In addition to well-known activists who apparently remained in custody after being taken away ahead of the planned protests on Sunday, at least three people were detained on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. China often uses the vaguely worded charge to lock up outspoken government critics.

In a nod to social stability concerns, China’s Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged greater outreach by the ruling Communist Party to handle issues related to education, employment, health care and housing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Austria’s foreign minister meets with China activist Ai Weiwei

Posted by Author on February 24, 2011


VIENNA — Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger met with Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei Thursday during an official visit to Beijing.

The 45-minute talk with Ai, one of China’s most famous artists and a bold political activist, was initially kept under wraps by the Austrian delegation, which was also meeting with China’s leadership during the three-day visit.

Ai however made the meeting public in a posting on the Internet.

During the encounter, the artist spoke of the repressive measures taken against him, Spindelegger told the Austria Press Agency from Beijing. Read the rest of this entry »

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WSJ: China’s Hooligan Government

Posted by Author on February 19, 2011


Chairman Mao said that power grows out of the barrel of the gun, and Chinese authorities have never shied away from using violence against anyone who has stepped out of line. But this wet work was usually sanctioned by quasi-legal procedures and carried out far from the public eye—for instance in the country’s vast system of labor camps.

In recent years, however, thugs acting on behalf of various levels of government have begun openly attacking Chinese who dare to complain, as well as local and foreign journalists who record those grievances. This portends a breakdown in public respect for the state’s authority that will be self-defeating for the central government. Read the rest of this entry »

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China artist cancels ‘politically sensitive’ show

Posted by Author on February 14, 2011


BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Monday he cancelled his first large solo exhibition in mainland China after organisers told the outspoken government critic the timing was too politically sensitive.

Ai, one of China’s most famous artists and a bold political activist, told AFP his show was due to start in March at UCCA, a gallery founded by Belgian collector Guy Ullens in a Beijing art district.

“The timing is sensitive and politically they feel it is not suitable at the moment,” said the 53-year-old. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Human rights lawyer beaten by police over secret video of his house arrest

Posted by Author on February 11, 2011


Reporters Without Borders, Feb 11, 2011-

A famous self-taught human rights lawyer and free speech activist, Chen Guangcheng, has reportedly been badly beaten by police for circulating a secretly-recorded video showing how he is being held under house arrest in his small farm in the eastern province of Shandong.

He is said to be confined to his bed as a result of the injuries received in the beating but has not been able to receive any medical treatment. His wife, Yuan Weijing, was also beaten. Read the rest of this entry »

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China: Blind Activist “Beaten Senseless” for Smuggled Video

Posted by Author on February 11, 2011


Women’s Rights without Frontiers-

A new video featuring One Child Policy activist Chen Guangcheng was leaked to the China Aid Association Wednesday, February 9, 2011.  The next day it was reported that Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were “beaten senseless” in retaliation for the release of the video.

Blind activist Chen exposed the systematic use of forced abortion in implementing China’s One Child Policy.  His work has not gone unnoticed by the world.  Time Magazine named him in its list of “2006’s Top 100 People Who Shape Our World,” in the category of “Heroes and Pioneers.”  In 2007 he was awarded the Magsaysay award, known as Asia’s Nobel Prize. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exclusive Video Shows China’s Ill Treatment & Illegal Detention of Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng

Posted by Author on February 10, 2011


China Aid Association-

(Washington, D.C. – Feb. 9, 2011) In the first news of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng in five months, ChinaAid on Wednesday obtained an exclusive video showing the persecution he and his family are suffering at the hands of the Chinese government, which has put him under illegal house arrest since his release from prison.

ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu, who is currently in D.C., immediately arranged to meet on Wednesday afternoon with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner and two deputy secretaries of state to discuss ways to end the persecution of Chen and Christian human rights lawyer Fan Yafeng by the Chinese government in violation of its own laws and disregarding its pledges to the international community to improve its human rights record. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Christian dissidents hear Obama’s ‘silence’

Posted by Author on February 5, 2011


By Ben Birnbaum, The Washington Times, February 3, 2011-

Leading Chinese Christian dissidents blasted the Obama administration Thursday, saying it had done virtually nothing to advance the cause of religious freedom.

“For the past two years, in public it’s been almost dead silence,” said Bob Fu, founder and president of the China Aid Association, an international Chirstian human rights group.

He said private pleas to State Department officials to publicly mention names of jailed and “disappeared” Christian leaders had fallen on deaf ears. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anger over ‘accidental’ death of Chinese activist Qian Yunhui

Posted by Author on February 1, 2011


BEIJING — A Chinese court ruled Tuesday that the death of a village chief crushed by a truck in December was accidental, sparking outrage from those who insist he was murdered for his campaigning over land seizures.

The gruesome December 25 death of 53-year-old Qian Yunhui has rattled authorities at a time when the government is trying to damp down public anger over a range of hot-button issues including official abuses and rising prices.

Qian had demanded compensation for farmers whose land was seized to make way for a power station and his death stirred passions after doubt was cast on the official version of events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Member of banned China Democracy Party was beaten by police following his release from jail

Posted by Author on January 31, 2011


A founding member of a banned opposition party who was released from jail on Monday at the end of an eight-year prison sentence has been beaten by police in Beijing, relatives and fellow activists said.

Political activist and writer He Depu was released from Beijing’s No. 2 Prison on Monday after completing the eight years and two months sentence handed down by a Beijing court on Nov. 4, 2002.

“They beat me up because I protested,” He said following his release.

“The national security police wanted to take me in their vehicle, and I got very angry and told them that I was a free man now,” He said from his Beijing home, where he is now under tight surveillance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human Rights Day With “Chinese Characteristics” – Rights Defender Ni Yulan’s Story

Posted by Author on January 29, 2011


This article was published in the South China Morning Post on December 22, 2010, under the title “Dark days and rights.” It was published in Chinese in Taiwan’s China Times on December 23, 2010. (繁体中文)Illustration from South China Morning Post.

by Jerome A. Cohen

On Human Rights Day this year, the day on which imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, I was in Beijing, where the authorities’ angry clampdown on dissent had brought about an eerie hush among those aware of the occasion. Scores of activists had been placed under house arrest, deprived of internet and phone services, or “vacationed” out of town to ensure their silence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fear for the life of 2008 Sakharov Prize winner Hu Jia who is in prison in Beijing

Posted by Author on January 21, 2011


Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Activist Hu Jia, detained since December 2007 for defending human rights, has been denied proper medical care and his life is in danger. Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan has made a dramatic appeal to the international community after she met him in a Beijing City Prison on January14.

According to Zeng, Hu Jia appeared pale, sweaty, and complained of sharp pain on the left side of his abdomen; he was so ill that he was unable to spend all of the time allotted for the visit with his wife, and had to leave early. Read the rest of this entry »

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