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Arbitrary Detention

[Translation by Human Rights in China] See Chinese original . Shocked by news that Xinqiao law firm lawyer Zhang Kai and assistant Liu Peng were taken away in the wee hours of the morning on August 25, 2015 in Wenzhou City, I, as the head of Zhang Kai’s law firm, issue the following statement:...
On July 10, 2015, rights defense lawyer Li Heping was forcibly taken from his home by a number of unidentified individuals who did not provide any official documents or a notice of detention. Wang Qiaoling, his wife, has been inquiring with many public security bureaus regarding his whereabouts but...
August 5, 2015 President Xi Jinping General Secretary Office Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhongnanhai Ximen Fuyou Street Xicheng District Beijing 100017 People’s Republic of China Mr. Meng Jianzhu Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission 14 Beichizi Street Dongcheng...
On July 15, Yang Weidong, an independent filmmaker in Beijing, and his wife and mother were preparing to board a train bound for Hong Kong for their vacation, but his mother, Xue Yinxian, was stopped at customs. The next day, Yang stood naked holding up a sign in front of the State General...
“At approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015, between 20 and 30 police officers surrounded the home of lawyer Wang Yu and took her away on account of ‘drug addiction.’ It is unclear which police station they were from. An officer at the Laiguangying police substation didn’t respond to an inquirer’s...
After being detained for 37 days, women’s rights activist Li Tingting was released on bail on April 13. She wrote a request to the Haidian Public Security Bureau to return her personal items as soon as possible, especially her Xiaomi Mi Band. Why is it so important to her? In this essay, Li...
Six months into detention, Guangdong rights defender Su Changlan has still not been granted her right to meet with her lawyer. On April 27, 2015, Su’s husband, Chen Dequan, requested open government information about her health condition, which was rejected by the Nanhai District Court of Foshan...
After 37 days of detention, Wang Man ( 王曼 ) , Wei Tingting ( 韦婷婷 ) and Zheng Churan ( 郑楚然 ) , Li Tingting ( 李婷婷 ) , and Wu Rongrong ( 武嶸嶸 ) were released in a procedural step known as “release on guarantee pending further investigation,” or, qubao houshen ( 取保候审). Unfortunately, instead of a full...
On Lunar New Year day (February 19, 2015), Zhang Guanghua of Weining County, Guizhou Province left for Beijing to petition. He has been missing since he was forcefully taken back to Weining by Weining “petition interceptors” on March 4. His daughter appeals for the attention of human rights...
Zhang Guanghua, 64, never imagined that when he stopped by a neighbor’s home in an attempt to resolve a conflict that the visit—barely two minutes long—would result in “child molestation” charges and a three-year prison term. Following his release, his efforts in appealing his case and petitioning...

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