Article overview: Law violations


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

( 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. READ MORE

22-09-2013 Forced labour

Court threatens family for hiring defence lawyer

( 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. READ MORE

01-09-2013 Law violations