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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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The Chinese authorities have persecuted human rights lawyers and human rights defenders who were taken into custody in the 709 Crackdown by putting them under “residential surveillance at a designated place,” which is secret detention in disguise, refusing to let lawyers retained by their families...
On January 13, 2018, 40 June Fourth victims’ family members joined a New Year gathering in Beijing organized by the Tiananmen Mothers. The participants observed a moment of silence to pay tribute to the 50 victims’ family members who have passed away, and reiterated their three unwavering demands...
On September 14, lawyer Lin Qilei met with his client Li Xiaoling at the Zhuhai No.1 Detention Center, and was told Li had been arrested on September 12 for allegedly “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Li is a rights defender from Zhuhai, Guangdong. Li Xiaoling developed an eye condition...
Tong Liya and former husband Han Zhongming, a Shanghai rights defender who petitioned and then sued the government over being forcibly evicted and relocated, were followed for 24 hours and watched from outside their temporary home by eight unidentified non-locals beginning September 22. Han has...
On September 6, lawyer Zhu Shengwu, representing “steamed bun” case defendant Wang Jiangfeng of Zhaoyuan, Shandong, received a notice from the Department of Justice of Shandong Province entitled, “Notice of Rights to a Hearing for the Party Involved in Administrative Punishment Cases Handled by the...
On the morning of September 5, lawyer Sui Muqing was accompanied by the mother of detained activist Huang Qi as well as two volunteers from the website 64tianwang.com on a trip from Chengdu to the Mianyang Municipal Procuratorate’s Case Management Center. There, the group demanded to be able to...
Since the 18th Party Congress in 2012, human rights have deteriorated, the rule of law has regressed, torture has increased, and the number of wrongful incarcerations has grown dramatically—Beijing rights defender Yu Wensheng states in an open letter. Yu says that since Xi Jinping came to power...
In the 900 days Lawyer Wang Quanzhang, from Tianjin, has been in custody—since he was first detained in July 2015 in the 709 Crackdown—he has yet to be allowed to meet with a lawyer; and lawyer Li Yuhan, of Shenyang, who once represented Wang Quanzhang, was arrested in November 2017 on suspicion of...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] I haven’t seen Huang Qi for three months. Originally, I had planned to see him after reviewing the case files. But after all this waiting, the permission to review the files never came. Although I haven’t been able to read the files, I still have to inform...
In the morning on November 6, 2017, lawyer Sui Muqing went to the Mianyang Municipal Detention Center to meet with Huang Qi, accompanied by Huang’s mother and three volunteers from 64tianwang.com. When they arrived, Huang Qi was being questioned in connection with the complaint he filed regarding...

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