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Seventy-six well-known Chinese individuals, including legal scholars, practicing lawyers, economists, publishers, documentary filmmakers, writers, and poets, have joined in an open letter to ask for the resignation of Zhou Qiang, President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court. In a...
On January 4, four lawyers and families of Li Heping, Wang Yu, Bao Longjun, and Xie Yuandong—suspected of “inciting subversion of state power” in the “709 case”—went together to Hexi District Procuratorate in Tianjin to submit a “Legal Supervision Application,” and to Hexi Public Security Bureau in...
In April 2011, the Yinhai District People's Court in Behai, Guangxi Province, sentenced activist Gao Shifu to two years in prison for “illegal business activity.” Later, the Beihai Municipal Intermediate People’s Court upheld the first-instance verdict. Upon his release from prison, Gao appealed...
September 24, 2014 [Translation by Human Rights in China] Editor’s note: Martin Lee, one of the founders of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party and a member of the drafting committee of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, gave this speech during the week of class boycott, September 22-26, 2014, by Hong Kong’s...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] During the spectacular Occupy Wall Street movement, there was never any talk of it being manipulated by “foreign forces.” When the even more powerful Sunflower Movement in Taiwan took place—during which radical students not only occupied the Legislative Yuan,...
On October 20, the Bengbu Intermediate People's Court, Anhui Province, upheld the first instance trial verdict for activist , Zhang Lin ( 张林) . Zhang was found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” by the Bengshan District People’s Court, Bengbu, on September 5 and was...
The indictment charges Guo and Sun with “gathering crowds to disrupt order in public places,” in connection with Guo’s alleged role in organizing street actions in January 2013 outside the gate of the Guangzhou-based publication Southern Weekly to support its staff’s protest against editorial...
Today, the Guangzhou Municipal Tianhe District People’s Court opened the trial of rights activist Guo Feixiong ( 郭飞雄) , also known as Yang Maodong ( 杨茂 东) , and Sun Desheng ( 孙德胜) , but did not proceed as lawyers for the defendants did not appear in court in protest of what they alleged were...
In a statement issued the day before Guo Feixiong ’s trial, Guo’s lawyers, Chen Guangwu and Zhang Xuezhong, citing serious procedural violations by the court, request postponement of the trial and that the court allow them to make photo copies of all the case materials so that they can review them...
In a statement one day before his trial, rights defense activist Guo Feixiong (aka Yang Maodong) alleges serious procedural violations by the prosecution, in particular, in its denial of his defense lawyers’ right to review case materials on eight CDs that include videos and photos. Such violations...

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