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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...
In this statement, Geng He, wife of lawyer Gao Zhisheng, provides some details of what Gao suffered during his 8-year ordeal. On December 22, 2006, Gao was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years, on conviction of “inciting subversion of state power.” During the five years...
In 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai defended New Citizens Movement activist Ding Jiaxi, who was prosecuted for calling for the disclosure of officials’ assets and education equality. During Ding’s trial, Cheng Hai withdrew from court to protest what he alleged as serious procedural violations. He...
On August 22, 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai received a notice from the Changping District Bureau of Justice in Beijing informing him that the bureau planned to administratively suspend his license to practice for one year. The reason given for the suspension was that Cheng had “disrupted court order...
On August 22, 2014, lawyer Cheng Hai received a notice from the Changping District Bureau of Justice in Beijing informing him that the bureau planned to administratively suspend his license to practice for one year. The reason given for the suspension was that Cheng had “disrupted court order...
In the morning of July 21, 2014, after lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平 ) was denied a meeting at the Jiaozuo Detention Center with his clients Xu Youchen ( 许有臣 ) and Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉 ) , who were being held on suspicion of intentional homicide, he went to the Zhongzhan police substantion—which is...
[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...
Weiquan— rights defense—lawyering had two defining characteristics prior to the 2010-2011 crackdown on lawyers and civil society activists. First, weiquan lawyers were high-profile in their style of lawyering and did not shy away from political issues. They courageously accepted cases that other...
On November 13, 2013, the Shenzhen Municipal Intermediate People's Court upheld the “embezzlement” conviction of police officer Wang Dengchao ( 王登朝 ) and overturned the “obstructing official business” conviction, which had carried a one-year prison term. On the embezzlement conviction, the court...

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