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709 Crackdown

Many were charged with and convicted of “subversion of state power” and “inciting subversion of state power.” HRIC’s updated 709 case chart highlights the ongoing impunity of the Chinese authorities in violating the rights of rights defense professionals and activists, the right of an individual to...
In his article, lawyer Chen Jiangang discusses what he terms as the “Four Breakthroughs” that President Xi Jinping has “achieved” during his administration: 1. Breaking with the principle of abiding by international treaty obligation, (referring to the the 1984 Joint Declaration that the Chinese...
Under intense international anticipation of the release today from prison of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇) , who was convicted of the trumped up charge of “inciting subversion of state power,” the Chinese authorities have instead disappeared him. His supporters outside the Henan...
Wang Quanzhang, a rights lawyer, finally met with a lawyer after having been disappeared for more than three years. The lawyer, Liu Weiguo, reported that that Wang told him that he has suffered “no hard violence.” In the article below, Wang’s wife Li Wenzu reminds us what “no hard violence” means...
Lawyer Wang Quanzhang was disappeared in July 2015, in the beginning stage of the 709 crackdown in which more than 300 lawyers and activists were affected—disappeared, detained, or questioned. Subsequently, all of the detainees were either prosecuted and sentenced or released—except lawyer Wang...
Three years have passed since the 709 Crackdown, but the Chinese authorities’ repression of human rights lawyers in China continues. The 709 Crackdown not only marked the beginning of a downturn of China’s political environment, but also has far-reaching negative implications for China’s judicial...
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