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Translation and Abridgement by Human Rights in China Your Honor and Everyone Present: Today I stand trial before this court, not because I committed a heinous crime, but because I wanted to live as a person or as a citizen—because in these warped times, I had the misfortune of possessing honesty,...
October 2, 1968 Born in Suining, Sichuan Province. September 1987 Enrolled in the School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University in Beijing. April–June 1989
[Beihai Baihutou Land Eviction Case] On April 29, 2011, the elected village chief, Xu Kun, was sentenced by the Yinhai District People’s Court to four years in prison and was fined 200,000 yuan (approximately US$30,800) on the charge of “illegal business activity.” Xu Kun appealed the sentence,...
A portrait of a young factory worker who sought fair compensation from the factory where he lost his hand. Ruan Libing (阮礼兵) is a 21-year-old worker from Hunan Province. His left hand was severed while he was operating a machine tool in a factory that produces home appliances. In March 2010 he came...
The story of the struggle between residents of a seaside village and the local government determined to seize the land. The version of the Beihai map to be published next year will quite possibly no longer show the village of Baihutou. In fact, the land of Baihutou Village was expropriated four...
In the spring of 2010, Human Rights in China launched Citizens’ Square , an online forum where Chinese rights defenders, petitioners, and others can post open letters, statements, court and other official documents, and photographs to publicize their stories.
Open letter by retired senior party cadres On October 11, 2010, just three days after the Nobel Peace Prize was announced, Li Rui, Mao’s former secretary, along with 22 other senior party cadres, wrote an open letter to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee requesting that the freedoms...

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