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My friends, we have been out of touch for so long. In 2015, on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, September 27, my husband Jiang Peikun died suddenly from a heart attack at 2:53 in the afternoon. This sudden misfortune plunged me into an abyss. Jiang's funeral services were simple, in accordance...
Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a statement today in Beijing saying that while China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years have been “extraordinary,” that progress has been accompanied by “very high levels of inequality...
Dear Mr. Xi Jinping: Hello! I am an old woman from Beijing, more than 80 years old. My name is Wang Xiuying. On the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party China (CPC), I would like to discuss the issue of the CPC’s legitimacy. As everyone knows, the CPC was established under the...
On June 4, 2016, the 27th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown, six police officers, in three shifts, monitored Beijing activist Zha Jianguo’s home. On this day, in his home, he fasted and meditated to commemorate his fellow citizens who died during June Fourth. He reflected on three things:...
How Long Do The Children Still Have to Wait? Citizen Proposal Concerning the Investigation into the Sichuan Earthquake School Disaster Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China; Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council; Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National...
After learning that her husband, Yu Shiwen , Henan dissident and one of the “Ten Gentlemen of Zhengzhou,” was on a hunger strike to protest his prolonged pretrial detention ( two years since he was first detained in May 2014 ), Chen Wei circulated the below message online. Chen Wei wishes to tell...
On May 1, 2016, Lawyer Ma Lianshun visited his client, Henan dissident Yu Shiwen , in Zhengzhou No. 3 Detention Center and learned that on April 27, Yu had begun a hunger strike to protest 1) his prolonged pretrial detention— two years since he was first detained in May 2014 —with no sign of being...
Zhang Lei, defense lawyer for Zhang Kai, filed the below complaint with the People's Procuratorate of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, against Huang Baokun, Chief of Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau and related officers handling Zhang Kai’s case. In the complaint Zhang alleges that Huang...
  • Yu Shiwen and wife Chen Wei
Yu Shiwen ( 于世文 ) , an activist in the 1989 Democracy Movement, has been held without trial for more than 20 months in a detention center in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Yu was first detained in May 2014 for organizing a 25th anniversary public memorial service to commemorate those killed during the...
In a lengthy document released today that concludes its review of China’s compliance with the Convention against Torture , a UN expert committee says it “remains seriously concerned over consistent reports indicating that the practice of torture and ill-treatment is still deeply entrenched in the...

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