Chair Holds Press Conference with Prominent Advocates for Human Rights in China
Press Conference on Fifth Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
Chairman Smith and Cochairman Rubio
Chairmen's Statements and Press Releases
May 24, 2016| Hearing
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December 9, 2015| Roundtable
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December 11, 2014| Hearing
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June 17, 2014| Hearing
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April 8, 2014| Hearing
April 3, 2014| Roundtable
January 15, 2014| Hearing
On December 25, 2009, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced prominent intellectual Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for inciting subversion. The Beijing High People’s Court denied his appeal on February 11, 2010. Prosecutors said Liu drafted and organized Charter 08, signed by thousands of Chinese and calling for political reform and protection of human rights. Liu was also punished for six essays he wrote that were posted on overseas Web sites. Read more...
On January 26, 2014, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court announced via Weibo that it had sentenced Xu Zhiyong to 4 years' imprisonment for "gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place" (CL, art. 291). Authorities had confined Xu, a leading rights advocate and proponent of the New Citizens' Movement, to his home in Beijing municipality for 3 months prior to criminally detaining him on July 16, and formally arresting him on August 22 (NYT, 17 July 13, 23 August 13). Read more...
According to Reuters (16 January 14) and AP (17 January 14), on January 15, 2014, security officials detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti at his home in Beijing municipality. Tohti's wife reported around 30 police officers participated in the raid, seizing computers, cellphones, and other items. On January 16, a Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman stated Tohti was "criminally detained" on suspicion of "committing crimes and violating the law" (BBC, 16 January 14). Read more...
According to RDN (17 August 13; 21 August 13) and RFA (18 August 13), on August 8, 2013, security officials in Guangzhou municipality, Guangdong province, detained rights activist Yang Maodong, a.k.a. Guo Feixiong, at the Tianhe District PSB Detention Center on suspicion of "gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place." Authorities reportedly detained Guo for participating in January 2013 protests supporting... Read more...
According to CHRD (30 October 14) and RDN (28 October 14), public security officers in Foshan city, Guangdong province summoned activist Su Changlan to the Guicheng Police Station in Nanhai District on October 27, 2014, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Police later searched her home and confiscated 3 laptop computers. On October 28, authorities criminally detained Su... Read more...
According to RFA (17 July 15; 3 August 15; 2 October 15), on June 26, 2015, public security officials from Urumqi municipality, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), took rights defender Zhang Haitao into custody on suspicion of "inciting ethnic hatred and discrimination" and transferred him to a PSB detention center in Urumqi. On July 31, authorities reportedly arrested Zhang on a modified charge of "picking quarrels... Read more...