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Translation and Abridgment by Human Rights in China When the tank arrived, the students were sitting in a circle in the center of Tiananmen Square. The opening ceremony of the Democracy University in the Square had begun.
May 15, 1954 Born in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. 1972–1975 Sent to the countryside in Shimian County, Sichuan Province, as an educated youth. 1975–1978 Studied at Sichuan Medical College. 1978–1989 Worked as a surgeon at a hospital affiliated with the West China University of Medical Sciences. 1989...
Tan Zuoren (谭作人) is a prominent environmental activist and writer from Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Tan is known for compiling a roster of the children who had died in the shoddily-built schoolhouses that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and publishing online a “ Citizens’ Independent...
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...

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