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This is the draft defense statement by one of Zhang Baocheng’s former lawyers, prepared for the original trial on January 27, 2014. In that trial, in protest of procedural problems, Zhang dismissed his lawyers and forced an adjournment of the trial. (The new trial took place on April 8, and Zhang...
In his defense statement for Zhang Baocheng, lawyer Ge Yongxi argues that the procedural irregularities prove that the trial is nothing but reprisal against a human rights defender. He argues that the evidence, especially video of the peaceful assemblies for which Zhang was indicted, proves that...
Editor’s note: Xu Zhiyong , a key advocate of the New Citizens Movement, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on January 26 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Xu was originally detained in July 2013 after being subjected to four months of house arrest in connection...
Editor’s note : Gao Wenqian is the author of Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary . The original Chinese version, 《晚年周恩来》 , was published in 2003, and is banned in China. In October 2013, Li Jie ( 李捷 ), Vice Director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the chief official policy think...
Following two open letters in August and September 2012 urging the Communist Party of China (CPC) to address corruption in the judicial system and redress the miscarriage of justice in their individual cases, this group of former police officers have issued three additional open letters [insert...
Officials in the ancient town of Shifang, in Sichuan Province, could never have imagined that their launch party would have turned out so badly. But then they only had themselves to blame when they quietly approved a US$1.6 billion molybdenum-copper alloy factory, not thinking it necessary to...
For decades, China watchers played down the rise of a viable opposition to the Communist Party, citing the invincible iron hand of the Party and excessive government controls, which made it impossible for citizens to organize.
[Protest] More than 200 petitioners staged a protest in front of the Ministry of Supervision in Beijing. This account points out that the protest focused not on the individual cases of the petitioners, but on systemic issues including corruption and human rights abuses.

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