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18th Party Congress Watch (9) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor This has been an eventful year for China—great shows one after another. The Bo Xilai affair has yet to wind down when blind rights activist Chen Guangcheng managed to escape right under the authorities’ watch. Chen even used a...
A source knowledgeable about the blind rights defense lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s ( 陈光诚 ) escape from his captors told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Chen is safe but does not want to leave China.
According to Chen Kegui (陈克贵) , a nephew of blind rights defense lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) , who has been under house arrest since September 2010, is now missing from his home. Chen Kegui also told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that Chen Guangfu (陈光福) – Chen Kegui’s father and Chen Guangcheng’s...
18th Party Congress Watch (7) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor After nearly a month of silence, the Hu Jintao-Wen Jiabao administration finally made its move: it announced that Bo Xilai was suspected of “serious disciplinary violations,” was suspended from the Politburo and Central Committee...
On April 13, disabled rights advocate Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) submitted an appeal to Beijing Municipal No.1 Intermediate People’s Court challenging her conviction and prison sentence by a lower court. On April 10, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing found Ni guilty of “picking quarrels and...
On April 14, 2012, Li Dawei ( 李大伟 ) , a former policeman and democracy activist, is scheduled to be released from a prison in Gansu Province after serving 11 years on conviction of “subversion of state power.” According to Li’s family members, Li is not expected to arrive home until the evening of...
Rights Defender Ni Yulan Uses Computer by Candlelight. Beijing, January 1, 2011. (Photo by Dong Jiqin). On the morning of December 29, 2011, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing heard the case of human rights advocate Ni Yulan ( 倪玉兰 ) and her husband, Dong Jiqin ( 董继勤 ) . Both are charged...
In an open letter, Wan Dang and five others in exile after the 1989 Democracy Movement appeal to the Chinese government to restore their right to return to their country and allow them to visit China. They state that they are willing to abide by the principles of openness and good faith to engage...
On March 15, 2012, well-known rights defense lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新) , after nine months in detention, was put under “residential surveillance at a designated place”—which means, under the Chinese Criminal Procedure Law , detention at a place other than the detainee’s home or an official detention...
18th Party Congress Watch (6) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor The annual Two Sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference had only just ended when the removal of Bo Xilai from his post as Chongqing Municipal Party Secretary was announced...

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