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Turning the Tables: Interviews with Chen Guiqiu & Chen Jiangang About Revealing the Torture of Lawyer Xie Yang and the Smear Campaign That Followed During the 709 Crackdown
Xie Yang, a lawyer based in Changsha, was one of the 709 lawyers detained and charged with “subversion.” From autumn 2016 to the beginning of 2017, his wife and attorneys exposed the torture he suffered, the first of such revelations that would be echoed later by other 709 detainees. To deny the torture of Xie Yang and fend off international ba [...] Keep reading »
Political and Judicial Persecution Must be Based on Law, and it Must Be Professional and Reasonable — My Self Defense (in part)
Wang Quanzhang, Citizen of the People’s Republic of China On January 24, 2019, after more than 1,300 days of incommunicado detention, the Tianjin Second Intermediate People’s Court finally convicted me of the crime of subversion of state power; on April 24, 2019, the Tianjin Higher People’s Court quickly issued a ruling upholding the [...] Keep reading »
China Change Five years after the ‘709’ crackdown on China’s human rights lawyers, their voices must be heard
Terence C. Halliday and Eva Pils, July 8, 2020 In the early hours of the morning on 9 July 2015, China’s security apparatus launched the first strike of its worst ever campaign against practicing lawyers in China.  The forced disappearance of woman lawyer Wang Yu by unidentified black-garbed, masked men signaled the beginnings of a nationwid [...] Keep reading »
Flying Against the Wind Amid a Grim Situation — China Human Rights Lawyers Group’s Statement on the 5th Anniversary of the “709” Crackdown
China Human Rights Lawyers Group, July 9, 2020 Neither remorseful nor boastful in the past, human rights lawyers will not be so today, nor in the future.   Five years ago, beginning with the seizure of Lawyer Wang Yu and her husband, the Chinese government launched a campaign to wipe out human rights defenders. Human rights lawyers bore the br [...] Keep reading »
The Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers — A Compilation of China Change Posts About the ‘709 Incident’
China Change, July 4, 2020 The fifth anniversary of the 709 crackdown on the Chinese human rights lawyers is approaching. China’s methodical persecution of human rights lawyers continues to this day and will likely go on for the conceivable future. China Change has written and translated extensively over the past five years on the subject. Fo [...] Keep reading »
Foreword to ‘The Other China’ eBook Series
Yaxue Cao, June 30, 2020 Foreword The Other China By accident I was pulled out of my working mother cocoon in the fall of 2011 to co-blog at the now-defunct seeingredinchina.com. The only problem was that I didn’t know much about China, having left twenty years before. I began to read about it, unaware at the time that I was taking the first step [...] Keep reading »
Interviewing Sui Muqing: As a Human Rights Lawyer, I’ve Sacrificed a Lot, But Gained Even More
Sui Muqing, Yaxue Cao, June 2, 2020 This is the second interview in our How I Become a Human Rights Lawyer series. Today we present our conversation with Guangzhou lawyer Sui Muqing (隋牧青), conducted on May 19, 2020.  — The Editors 1. Tiananmen, 1989 Yaxue Cao: Let’s start from Tiananmen. There are quite a few Chinese human right [...] Keep reading »
Interviewing Liang Xiaojun: Representing Political Prisoners Is an Honor for China’s Lawyers
Liang Xiaojun, Yaxue Cao, May 15, 2020 The sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus has culminated in a pandemic spreading across China and the rest of the world. A semi-living organism, invisible to the naked eye, has halted the activities of billions of people, forced them to take shelter in their homes and avoid contact with others. And more, th [...] Keep reading »
Free Ding Jiaxi!
Luo Shengchun, Emrys Westacott, May 8, 2020 In the small town of Alfred, upstate New York, the secret detention of Chinese lawyer and civil rights activist Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) has concerned the locals and spurred their desire to help rescue him. Alfred University professor of philosophy Emrys Westacott recently spoke to Ding Jiaxi’s wife, Alfr [...] Keep reading »
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