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In Custody and Released: Lawyer Teng Biao, Rights Activist Hu Jia

July 25, 2013

A Twitter message sent out by Teng Biao (滕彪), lawyer and rights activist, says he and rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) have been released from custody. According to HRIC sources and information available online, in the evening of July 25, 2013, Teng and Hu were taken away by Domestic Security officers from a restaurant in Shenzhen where they were having dinner to celebrate Hu Jia’s birthday. In his Tweet, Teng Biao says that others in attendance were also taken away.

A Twitter message from netizen Ye Du (野渡) provided the following details about the incident: Teng Biao had been questioned earlier in the day when he went to make a reservation. They then changed the location for the meal, but were taken away from this second location. Also taken away was netizen Mantianfanxing(漫天繁星). The officers also attempted to take away Mantianfanxing’s mobile.

Teng Biao is a lecturer at the Law School of the China University of Political Science and Law and practices law at the Beijing Huayi Law Firm. He has provided counsel in many human rights cases, including those of Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, and Sun Zhigang.

Hu Jia is an activist on environmental and HIV/AIDS issues, and served a three-year-and-six-month prison term for "inciting subversion of state power." He was released on June 26th, 2011.

For more information on Teng Biao, see:


For more information on Hu Jia, see:

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