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China Change, December 4, 2019 On November 21, the Guangzhou Lawyers Association gathered a meeting of all law firm directors, and disseminated the following orders issued “from higher authorities.” These law firm directors were required to then pass on the following points to all the lawyers they employ. From that day [Nov 21] through December 15, inappropriate remarks are not allowed, and lawyers and the directors of their law firms would be punished for any violations of the following: Lawyers are not permitted to express opinions different from those of the Party on the Hong Kong issue; Lawyers must maintain discipline, and even trivial matters of everyday life must be brought under moral supervision; If you read Xi Jinping’s quotations, join the Party, set up […]
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  • Open Letter to the Global Lawyers Forum*

    Open Letter to the Global Lawyers Forum*

    Xu Yan, November 29, 2019 To the respected international lawyers participating in the Global Lawyers Forum: Greetings!  My name is Xu Yan (许艳), and I am the wife of Yu Wensheng (余文生), a Chinese human rights lawyer. When I learned that China will be hosting the Global Lawyers Forum in Guangzhou, on December 9-10, as a Chinese citizen –– especially …
  • Beijing Activist Faces Indictment. The Crime Appears to Be Helping the Aged Mother of Dissident Huang Qi

    Beijing Activist Faces Indictment. The Crime Appears to Be Helping the Aged Mother of Dissident Huang Qi

    China Change, October 31, 2019 Zhang Baocheng (张宝成) is a 60-year-old Beijing resident, a dissident and human rights activist. Last October, when the 85-year-old mother of renowned Sichuan activist Huang Qi arrived in Beijing to petition for the release of her son, Zhang Baocheng housed her for over a month. He accompanied her as her “bodyguard” on visits to different …
  • Imprisoned Lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s Six-year-old Son Once Again Forced Out of School

    Imprisoned Lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s Six-year-old Son Once Again Forced Out of School

    Li Wenzu, September 6, 2019 In 2016, the police issued an order to all the kindergartens, including all the early education centers in Beijing’s Shijingshan District (石景山区) to not accept my son at their schools. My son, Quanquan (泉泉), had stayed home, unable to attend school since May 2018. Then, by luck and coincidence, I found a private school that …
  • Statement by the China Human Rights Lawyers Group on the Fourth Anniversary of the ‘709 Incident’

    Statement by the China Human Rights Lawyers Group on the Fourth Anniversary of the ‘709 Incident’

    July 9, 2019 The world was shocked by the mass detention of Chinese human right lawyers on July 9, 2015 –– in what became known as the “709 Incident.” Following the secret sentencing of “709” lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), who was tried for the crime of “subversion of state power,” people thought that the “709 Incident,” at least for the …
Analysis and Opinions
  • Why We Should Not Condemn Violence by the Hong Kong Protesters

    Why We Should Not Condemn Violence by the Hong Kong Protesters

    Chu Chia-An, December 1, 2019 Some people think that if we hold the Hong Kong police to account in using violence, we must also place the same standards on the use of violence by the protesters. I oppose this argument, and my reasoning is as follows: Saying “both sides should be equally condemned” unfairly favors the police, and ignores the …
  • As Violence in Hong Kong Escalates, the Victim-Blamers Are Coming Out of the Woodwork

    As Violence in Hong Kong Escalates, the Victim-Blamers Are Coming Out of the Woodwork

    Chang Ping, November 15, 2019 Everyone knows that if the Hong Kong government and Beijing cannot offer an affirmative response to the protesters’ demands, and if the abuse of power by the police does not end, the conflicts will only escalate and result in more violence. However, the authorities are with full knowledge allowing Hong Kong to turn into a …
  • Wang Dan: The Cold War Has Not Ended

    Wang Dan: The Cold War Has Not Ended

    Wang Dan, November 4, 2019 In 1989, during the Chinese pro-democracy movement, 20-year-old Peking University student Wang Dan (王丹) became one of the most influential student leaders. Following the outbreak of the Tiananmen Massacre, he found himself at the top of the lists of 21 wanted criminals. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison on the charge …
  • Zhang Lifan: The CCP’s Hardline Measures Could Be Its Undoing

    Zhang Lifan: The CCP’s Hardline Measures Could Be Its Undoing

    Zhang Lifan, November 2, 2019 This is a translation of Beijing-based historian Zhang Lifan’s interview by Deutsche Welle’s Chinese Service. In the interview, Zhang Lifan (章立凡) gives his views on the recently concluded Fourth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Central Committee, as well as the overall direction of the Chinese regime. DW: Could you briefly analyze the main …
Interviews and profiles
  • Drive a Wedge Into CCP’s Iron Rule With Freedom of Speech — An Interview With Hu Ping

    Drive a Wedge Into CCP’s Iron Rule With Freedom of Speech — An Interview With Hu Ping

    This interview of Hu Ping discusses the writing of "On Freedom of Speech," a pamphlet he began writing in 1975 after returning from the countryside as sent-down youth, and the 1980 student elections at Peking University that happened at a time when China was making yet another sharp and tremulous turn in history.
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview With Lü Pin (Part 3 of 3)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview With Lü Pin (Part 3 of 3)

    In the final part of her interview, Lü Pin discusses the Feminist Five case, how the #MeToo movement caught on in China at a time when the feminist movement seemed to be fading, and the eventual shutdown of Feminist Voice. According to Lü Pin, while the feminist movement is facing an uncertain future, the repressive regime is far from claiming …
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part 2 of 3)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part 2 of 3)

    After leaving China Women News, Lü Pin began to work with women intellectuals pioneering women’s rights advocacy in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2009, Lü Pin founded ‘Feminist Voice.' Its sharp interpretation of women issues through a feminist lens attracted many young educated women. A small NGO called ‘One-yuan Commune’ was established in Beijing that quickly became a springboard for …
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part One of Three)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part One of Three)

    Since the 1990s, Lü Pin has been a pioneering advocate for women’s rights in China as well as a prolific writer on gender issues and a mentor to a group of activists known as the “young feminist activists.” In part one of our 3-part interview of her, Lü Pin traces her upbringing, the 1989 movement, her journalism career at China …
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