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Arbitrary Detention

Since the end of April, members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center—honorary council member Mrs. Gao Yu, council member Mrs. Liu Di, member Hu Shigen, and others—successively “lost contact” with the outside world. The homes of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, Beijing Film Academy professor Hao...
Pu Zhiqiang ( 浦志強) was detained on May 6, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) by the Haidian branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. He was taken from his home at 4 a.m. on May 5. Later that day, the Public Security officials confiscated files, books, and...
[Translation by volunteers] We, Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie, make the following statement in regards to the unlawful detention of lawyers and other citizens by the Jiansanjiang Agribusiness Reclamation Public Security Bureau in Heilongjiang Province: 1. The Legal...
Lawyer Xie Yang (谢 阳) , who represents Jiang Tianyong, describes in this account that he arrived in Jiansanjiang in the morning of April 2 and went straight to the Qixing Public Security Bureau sub-branch and asked to meet with Lawyer Jiang Tianyong. The deputy branch chief of the bureau told Xie...
This rebuttal was written by lawyer Liu Sixin (刘四新) , who has a doctorate in law from Beida, in response to an op-ed published by the Global Times, in Chinese and English , on April 2, 2014, that accuses the lawyers involved in the Jiansanjiang incident of inciting “illegal activities rather than...
Women human rights defenders in China have launched an online appeal asking women lawyers to protest the thug-like treatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng (王胜生) in Jiansanjiang by posing for photos with black hoods over their heads, with hands bound, and wearing placards that read "Women lawyers...
  • Lawyers and citizens declare hunger strike outside Qixing Detention Center, Jiangsanjiang, Heilongjiang, to protest unlawful detention of rights lawyers and citizens. March 25, 2014.
In the days following the March 21 detention of four lawyers — Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , Tang Jitian ( 唐吉田 ) , Wang Cheng ( 王成 ) , and Zhang Junjie ( 张俊杰 ) —and approximately 20 citizens , in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, the authorities rounded up and questioned scores of other lawyers...
Lawyers and citizens sent the following letter to the Ministry of Public Security regarding the illegal detention of citizens and rights defense lawyers in Jiansanjiang:
This urgent complaint was filed by a number of citizens before the Heilongjiang Supreme People’s Procuratorate against Sui Fengfu, Party Secretary of the General Bureau of Farm Reclamation of Heilongjiang, (黑龙江农垦总局) and others for abduction, illegal detention, and other crimes. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:...
Human rights lawyer Liu Weiguo circulated online 20 templates of Open Government Information requests seeking disclosure of information concerning the detention of the four lawyers and the authorities’ refusal to allow them to meet their lawyers. Liu asks citizens to fill out the applications, mail...

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