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Citizens' Square

Citizens’ Square is a virtual Democracy Wall for individuals from China to share their stories online in personal narratives, open letters, statements, and case descriptions, and through photos, court documents, and videos. While most of the posted items are in Chinese, HRIC provides in English the title and a descriptive summary of each item. On occasion, HRIC also provides English translation of the contents of the item itself.

Launched in spring 2010, Citizens’ Square has served as an uncensored platform for petitioners, rights defenders, lawyers, and other citizens to expose corruption and official malfeasance, publicize cases of abuse ranging from illegal detention to kidnapping and torture, and issue public statements, including calls for official accountability and transparency and appeals for just compensation for forced evictions.

The expansion of this virtual Democracy Wall reflects the powerful desire among Chinese citizens to assert their rights and the growing citizen activism in China. Postings on Citizens’ Square have also helped individuals and groups bring international press attention to their cases.

In Citizens’ Square, journalists, researchers, and the general public can learn more about individual cases.

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On March 20, authorities prevented lawyers Guo Lianhui and Liu Wenhua from meeting with their client, Ming Jingguo, who is being held at the Nankang District Detention Center in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. Ming, age 60+, was taken into custody on March 18, a day after he attacked a Zhangfang Village...
On February 10, 2017, rights defender Wang Fang’s case was heard by the Wuchang District Court, in the city of Wuhan. In a defense statement, Wang’s defense lawyer, Liu Zhengqing, maintained his client’s innocence. Liu said the charge against Wang of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” has no...
On February 12, the third extension of the three-month pre-trial detention period for activist Su Changlan of Foshan, Guangdong, expired. Each extension required the approval by the Supreme People’s Court. When Su’s defense lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan asked Foshan Intermediate Court whether it had received...
In this half-hour video, lawyer Chen Jiangang details his meetings with his client lawyer Xie Yang, who alleges torture by detention personnel, and the process of the compiling his “ Transcripts of Meetings with Xie Yang .” Chen states that he stands by the veracity of his Transcripts, and will...
On January 18, lawyer Chen Jiangang published online the transcripts of a series of meetings that month he and fellow lawyer Liu Zhengqing had with detained attorney Xie Yang, who has been held since July 2015 as a result of the 709 crackdown. The transcripts, amounting to more than 17, 000 Chinese...
Dear NPC Deputies and CPPCC Committee Members: During the upcoming Two Congresses of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the relevant motions, proposals, and recommendations submitted by NPC Deputies and CPPCC Committee members will surely...
In the below statement, Lawyer Liu Zhengqing tells of the process he had to go through to become Xie Yang’s legal representative and to meet with him in person. Liu writes of how Xie informed him about a number of things that happened while Xie was held under residential surveillance. For instance...
Sichuan rights defender Chen Yunfei was accused of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles," and was tried at Wuhou Court in Chengdu, Sichuan, on December 26, 2016. During the trial, the court forcibly confiscated the computer belonging to Chen’s defense lawyer Liu Zhengqing, claiming that Liu was...
In the afternoon of November 14, 2016, independent candidate Feng Zhenghu who was running for one of the deputies to the Yangpu District People's Congress in Shanghai, was lawfully handing out canvassing materials for his campaign when individuals from his neighborhood security office tried to stop...
During the elections for deputies to the Jinan district and township level People's Congresses, Sun Wenguang, an independent candidate and retired professor of Shandong University, was imprisoned in his home for several days under round-the-clock watch by public security officers. In the article...

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