rule of law

Lawyer Arrested for Meeting With Clients Denied Access to Lawyer

In late May 2014, Zhengzhou public security detained public interest attorney Zhang Boyang on charges of disrupting public order after he tried meeting with clients in the Zhengzhou Number 3 Detention Center who had also been charged with disrupting public order after commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Chang’s lawyer has also been detained on three occasions for trying to visit him in the detention center.

25 Years Later The Bloody Legacy of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Continues to Inform China’s Policy of Political Repression

On Tuesday the Wall Street Journal published the story of Zhang Kun, an idealistic 26-year-old whose chance discovery of some Tiananmen Square Massacre footage led him to question his assumptions about his government and eventually brought him into the Chinese reform movement. Mr. Zhang became involved with the New Citizens Movement, an initiative aimed at facilitating China’s transition to a civil society. The organization was launched in 2010 by Xu Zhiyong, a civil liberties lawyer, and supported by venture capitalist Wang Gonguan. Shortly after the movement’s leaders were detained Mr.

Chinese Hold Mass Trial in Xinjiang Province After String of Terrorist Attacks

In a blatant display of force following a string of terrorist attacks perpetrated by individuals belonging to China’s Uighur ethnic group, Chinese authorities held a mass trial in Xinjiang province at which 55 people were found guilty and sentenced on charges ranging from separatism to murder to terrorism. Three of the prisoners received the death sentence. The defendants were reportedly members of the Uighur ethnic minority group.

Child of Tiananmen Campaigns for Father's Release

Ti-anna Wang continues to campaign for the release of her father Wang Bingzhang, a Chinese activist who has been imprisoned for the past twelve years for traveling to China in 1989 and 1998 to help establish democratic political parties. Wang, who has lived in Canada since the early 1980s, was abducted in 2002 while on a trip to Vietnam and subsequently brought to China to face charges of espionage and terrorism. After a one-day trial, a Chinese court sentenced Wang to life in prison.