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Translation and Abridgment by Human Rights in China When the tank arrived, the students were sitting in a circle in the center of Tiananmen Square. The opening ceremony of the Democracy University in the Square had begun.
May 15, 1954 Born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. 1972–1975 Sent to the countryside in Shimian County, Sichuan Province, as an educated youth. 1975–1978 Studied at Sichuan Medical College. 1978–1989 Worked as a surgeon at a hospital affiliated with the West China University of Medical Sciences. 1989...
Tan Zuoren (谭作人) is a prominent environmental activist and writer from Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Tan is known for compiling a roster of the children who had died in the shoddily-built schoolhouses that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and publishing online a “ Citizens’ Independent...
Translation and Abridgement by Human Rights in China Your Honor and Everyone Present: Today I stand trial before this court, not because I committed a heinous crime, but because I wanted to live as a person or as a citizen—because in these warped times, I had the misfortune of possessing honesty,...
October 2, 1968 Born in Suining, Sichuan Province. September 1987 Enrolled in the School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University in Beijing. April–June 1989
[Beihai Baihutou Land Eviction Case] On April 29, 2011, the elected village chief, Xu Kun, was sentenced by the Yinhai District People’s Court to four years in prison and was fined 200,000 yuan (approximately US$30,800) on the charge of “illegal business activity.” Xu Kun appealed the sentence,...
A noted China scholar discusses the Chinese official reactions to the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo and the unstoppable domestic forces pushing for a more transparent and accountable government. Human Rights in China (HRIC): You’re an astute observer and commentator on Chinese politics, but you’...
A young activist and inventor shares his vision of the historic mission of the generation born after 1980. My generation of Chinese has grown up in a new era and wit­nessed the tremendous economic success that our country has achieved. We have benefited from the fast flow of news and information in...

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