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China's rail network complicit in the persecution of Falun Gong 16/01/2016

Law violations ( The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the nationwide identity card (ID) system to target Falun Gong practitioners on its rail network. Many practitioners have been illegally arrested, searched, and had their personal belongings confiscated.


Shanxi case sees multiple violations of the law by Chinese authorities 10/05/2015

Law violations ( A district court in Shanxi Province attempted to try a Falun Gong practitioner earlier this month for distributing informational materials. The hearing was adjourned when the defence lawyer called into question one of many violations of legal procedure. From the practitioner's arrest to the trial, the authorities repeatedly broke the law.


Falun Gong case closed two months ago, lawyer not informed 12/04/2015

Law violations ( Ms Wang Chuanju, a retired primary teacher and a Falun Gong practitioner, was illegally sentenced to four years in prison by a Junan County Court judge. Her lawyer submitted her appeal to a higher court on November 21st, 2014, but has been given the runaround by the legal system. It was recently learned that her case was closed and the original sentence was upheld.


Mr Wang Yushi sentenced to seven years in prison without trial 09/08/2014

Law violations ( Falun Gong practitioner Mr Wang Yushi, 26, was sentenced to a seven-year prison term on May 23rd, 2014. He has appealed to the Tianjin Intermediate Court. His family hired a lawyer to plead not guilty for him.


Appeals court overturns lower court decision but gives Falun Gong practitioner same 3-year sentence anyway 22/09/2013

Forced labour ( The Hengyang City Intermediate Court recently ruled on the appeal of Ms Xiong Qiuling, a Falun Gong practitioner illegally sentenced to three years in prison. Hengyang City is located in China's Hunan Province. The intermediate court dismissed a lower court’s charges against her, but instead, charged her with a different crime: “harbouring criminals”. This was done to retain the original sentence of three years in prison.

Court threatens family for hiring defence lawyer 01/09/2013

Law violations ( On July 2nd, 2013, the Guangan City Intermediate People's Court of Sichuan brought Mr Zou Yunzhu to a public trial. Mr Zou, who practises Falun Gong, was being tried for giving people informational materials about Falun Gong. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea and showed how practicing Falun Gong is neither illegal nor criminal, and requested Mr Zou's immediate release. The court, however, was hastily adjourned, and Mr Zou's family was harassed and threatened by the authorities for the simple reason that they hired the lawyer.


Jailed Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng wins award 10/08/2012

Persecuted lawyers Renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was conferred the “Ten Best Human Rights Defence Lawyers Award” by the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Association (CHRLA) on July 24th. As Gao remains imprisoned in China, his wife Geng He accepted the award on Gao’s behalf at Capitol Hill.


Twitter post claims Gao Zhisheng is dead 19/02/2012

Persecuted lawyers An unconfirmed report of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s death has been posted on China’s Internet. On November 17th, a netizen with the screen name GuaDai posted a message on Twitter saying “It is believed that Gao Zhisheng passed away on November 15th in Inner Mongolia where he was detained. Man will die eventually, and to die for the sake of freedom, although dead, he is still with us in spirit.”