Chairmen's Statements and Press Releases
December 11, 2013| Roundtable
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June 25, 2013| Hearing
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According to AP (30 November 12), on November 30, 2012, the Yinan County People's Court in Linyi city, Shandong province, sentenced Chen Kegui to 3 years and 3 months in prison for "intentional injury" (CL, Art. 234), following a trial marred by procedural violations. Authorities detained Chen after he clashed with plainclothes security personnel, injuring one, during an unannounced nighttime raid on his home on April 26, 2012. Chen stated that he acted in self-defense, a position supported by several lawyers and rights advocates. Read more...
Gao Zhisheng has represented numerous activists and religious groups. On October 18, 2005, Gao wrote an open letter exposing torture of Falun Gong practitioners. On November 4, officials closed his law firm and began a harassment campaign against Gao, his family, and associates. Authorities abducted Gao on August 15, 2006, and arrested him on September 21. He was convicted on December 22 of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced to 3 years in prison, suspended for 5 years. Read more...
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...
According to RSF (16 September 08) and information on the Filming for Tibet Web site, security officials detained Dondrub Wangchen and assistant Jigme Gyatso in March 2008 after they completed Leaving Fear Behind (view via Middle Way blog), a documentary featuring Tibetans in Qinghai province expressing views on the Dalai Lama, the Olympic Games, and Chinese law. The documentary opened in August 2008. Police detained Dondrub Wangchen on March 26 in Tongde county, Hainan TAP, Qinghai... Read more...
According to Amnesty International, the Uyghur American Association, and Radio Free Asia, authorities in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, detained Gulmira Imin, a Uyghur Web site administrator and government employee from Urumqi, on July 14, 2009. She had worked for the Web site Salkin, which reportedly posted an announcement calling Uyghurs to demonstrate in Urumqi on July 5, 2009, and authorities alleged she was involved in organizing the demonstration. Read more...
The Chengdu Intermediate People's Court in Sichuan province sentenced writer and environmental activist Tan Zuoren to five years in prison and an additional three years’ deprivation of political rights on February 9, 2010, for “inciting subversion of state power.” The court reportedly convicted Tan for attempting to organize activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the June 1989 Tiananmen protests. The court said Tan posted articles on the Internet about the 20th anniversary... Read more...