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In this appeal ( Chinese only ), Cai Ying (蔡瑛) states that he is being held in a place that the Yuanjiang Municipal Commission for Discipline and Inspection of Hunan Province uses to detain and interrogate people in the name of “residential surveillance.” Cai, a lawyer with the Xiangjun Law Firm in...
[Black Jails]Four Shanghainese petitioners were intercepted by authorities on July 20, 2012 as they attempted to go to Beidaihe District, Hebei Province for a weekend trip. The four were detained and forcibly returned to Shanghai. Li Yufang (李玉芳) writes of two of the petitioners' experiences upon...
Liu Fanbi (刘凡必), a victim of financial fraud, was sentenced to five years on a trumped-up charge after he offended a procuratorate officer while trying to retrieve his losses that the authorities had confiscated from the criminals. Liu began petitioning to authorities at different government levels...
Li Tiantian (李天天), a former lawyer from Shanghai, has suffered continuous harassment by the authorities since she began participating in rights defense activities and publishing articles in 2009. Li made an online appeal in support of the Jasmine Revolution in February 2011, and since then was...
On Qingming (Tomb Sweeping Day, April 4, 2012), police in Beijing detained many of the petitioners from Shanghai and other places in China who visited Beijing’s Babaoshan Cemetery to pay their respects at various graves. At another Beijing cemetery, five petitioners were detained when they tried to...
Veteran dissident Qin Yongmin (秦永敏) was administratively detained for 10 days during the 2012 NPC/CPPCC Sessions by the Qingshan District Public Security Bureau in Wuhan, Hubei; he was then illegally detained an additional five days. Qin was illegally deprived of his right to meet with his family...
[Ni Rong] The “Strike-Hard” campaign launched by the central government in the early 1980s led to the imprisonment of many innocent people. Fujian citizen Ni Rong was detained at the scene of an arrest of a thief. He spent four days in intensive care after being tortured. He was not allowed to hire...
This open letter (CH) from Lu Qing (路青) , the wife of Ai Weiwei (艾未未) , to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress (NPC) urges that the NPC not adopt the Draft Amendment without dropping several exceptional provisions that would allow the authorities to execute...
[Jasmine Rally Suppression] Since February 2011, many rights activists have been harassed, arbitrarily detained, disappeared, or placed under "residential surveillance." Some of them have been released but are not allowed to speak out. Rights defender Liu Shasha wrote about their experiences in...

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