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On March 30, the second instance trial of Wang Jiangfeng, arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” for referring to Mao Zedong as “Bandit Mao” and Xi Jinping as “Steamed Bun” in online posts, opened at the Zhaoyuan City Detention Center, Yantai, Shandong Province. Wang’s...
Activist Chen Qitang (also known as Tian Li), from Foshan, Guangdong Province, was convicted of “subversion of state power” on March 31, 2017 and sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. On the final date of the appeal period (April 10, 2017), his lawyer, Li Fangping, met him at the Nanhai...
On February 10, 2017, rights defender Wang Fang’s case was heard by the Wuchang District Court, in the city of Wuhan. In a defense statement, Wang’s defense lawyer, Liu Zhengqing, maintained his client’s innocence. Liu said the charge against Wang of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” has no...
On June 16, 2016, Lam Wing-kee, one of the five Causeway Bay booksellers who went missing last fall and later turned up in mainland custody, spoke out publicly and exposed his traumatic eight-month detention by a “Central Special Unit” (中央专案组). During this time, Lam said he was interrogated nearly...
Yu Shaolei, former Southern Metropolis Daily editor, explains in a weibo post the reason for his resignation: he can’t take the Party’s surname, and his knees can’t take it anymore. Yu Shaolei’s weibo post: [Translation by Human Rights in China] This spring, let’s just break it off, clean. I’m old...
Activist Jiang Lijun (姜立军 or 姜力钧 ) from Tieling City, Liaoning Province, was sentenced to three years for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” by the Dadong District Court of Shenyang Municipal People's Court on January 15, 2016. Jiang was accused of writing and posting online articles that “...
In this short video, Xu Lin, a writer, poet, songwriter, and structural engineer, describes being taken in for questioning on December 17. He says that the Guangzhou police intercepted him when he was taking his kid to school that morning, and accused him of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
Still detained as of December 15, 2015 1. Chen Qilin 2. Qu Hongxia (aka Hutu (Silly) or Maliya (Maria)) (from Shanxi, residing in Beijing) 3. Bao Naigang 4. Wang Su’e (Liaoning) 5. Zhang Zhan (Shijiazhuang, Hebei) 6. Hou Minling (Wenchuan, Sichuan) 7. Sheng Lanfu 8. Chen Wenchang 9. Song Wei (...
Two days after a closed-door hearing on the appeal by 71-year-old veteran journalist Gao Yu ( 高瑜 ) , the Beijing High People’s Court ruled today to reduce her sentence by two years. In a separate decision, the Beijing Municipal No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court, the court of first instance,...
Wang Mo stood trial on November 19, 2015, for supporting the 2014 Umbrella Movement. He was accused of "inciting subversion of state power."

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