Just over two weeks before the Olympic Games open in Beijing, Chinese authorities continue to intensify their efforts, under the banner of a "peaceful Olympics" (平安奥运), to suppress rights activists and other individuals speaking out against repression.
"The current state of affairs is intolerable," said Human Rights in China Executive Director Sharon Hom. "Under the banner of a 'peaceful Olympics,' authorities continue to employ contradictory and counterproductive security methods, which only serve to exacerbate the human rights crisis and provoke greater instability in China."
In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up efforts to detain, arrest, and harass numerous rights activists and dissidents in the name of Olympics "security," including by arresting tianwang64.com founder Huang Qi (黄琦) on grounds of "illegally possessing state secrets"; issuing a police summons to Shanghai-based rights lawyer Zheng Enchong (郑恩宠); and detaining Hubei online dissident writer Du Daobin (杜导斌), stating that he violated the terms of his suspended sentence. Authorities also detained labor activist Liu Jianjun (刘建军) in Datong, Shanxi Province, on suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power" (煽动颠覆国家政权罪), and dissident Xie Changfa (谢长发) from Changsha, Hunan Province, on suspicion of "subverting state power" (颠覆国家政权罪). Authorities also detained Tianjin-based dissident Lü Honglai (吕洪来); his present whereabouts are unknown.
Details of these cases can be found below:
For HRIC monitoring of Olympics-related issues, see:
For a more detailed summary of incidents reported in the month of June, see: