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Arbitrary Detention

Zhang Guanghua, 64, never imagined that when he stopped by a neighbor’s home in an attempt to resolve a conflict that the visit—barely two minutes long—would result in “child molestation” charges and a three-year prison term. Following his release, his efforts in appealing his case and petitioning...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] The ongoing nationwide crackdown of activists in China has brought bad news every day. Within three weeks, more than 60 intellectuals and rights defenders have been detained. Among them are rights protection lawyers Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), Liu Shihui (刘士辉), Tang...
In this essay, Wang highlights her husband Tang Jingling's leading role in initiating and advocating for non-violent civil disobedience as a means to press for greater respect for basic freedoms and for democratic reforms. Wang also provides details on Tang's long track record of rights defense...
Wang Qingying (王清营) was formally arrested on June 20, 2014 on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and is currently being held at Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center (广州市第一看守所). He was first criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking...
Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) was formally arrested on June 20, 2014, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and is currently being held at Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center (广州市第一看守所). He was first criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking...
One June 9, lawyer Zhang Sizhi’s request to visit Gao Yu at the Beijing No.1 Detention Center was denied, but the detention center granted him a meeting, unsolicited, with another client, Pu Zhiqiang. Zhang’s notes from the meeting, circulated online, state that Pu Zhiqiang is interrogated nearly...
Wang Aizhong (王爱忠) was criminally detained on May 29, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” following a police search on his home the same afternoon. Wang, a Guangdong human rights defender and successful businessman, is a prominent member of the Southern Street Movement.
Zan Aizong (昝爱宗) was detained and questioned for half a day on May 20, 2014, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” During a search of his apartment, the Hangzhou police confiscated a computer, a USB drive, and other items. Zan is an outspoken writer and journalist who currently...
Wang Qingying (王清营) was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 by police from the Baiyun District in Guangzhou on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles." Prior to his detention, plainclothes men searched Wang's home without showing ID cards or search warrants. They took away mobile...
Lawyer Tang Jingling ( 唐荆陵) was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” at Baiyun District Detention Center in Guangzhou, after police confiscated two computers and three mobile phones from his home. Tang founded the “Non-violent Citizens’...

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