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[Lü Gengsong] Zhejiang rights defender Lu Gengsong was arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” on August 24, 2007, for publishing articles critical of the government. The court convicted and sentenced him to four years in prison and one year of deprivation of political rights...
Because Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses , Iran's Ayatolla Khomeini tried to kill him by putting a $5,000,000 reward on his head. This was in the 1980s, when I was still a young poet, and it was the first time I had heard his name. I was deeply shocked. Even though I cannot cross the ocean...
In one of the first Jasmine Revolution rallies in China, people came out to "stroll, surround, and watch." A large number of uniform and plainclothes police was present. Organizers have called for rallies every Sunday , with the next one scheduled for 2:00 p.m., February 27.
Dear President Obama, I am a Chinese intellectual, a mother who lost her beloved son in the June Fourth Massacre in Beijing 20 years ago. First, I would like to congratulate you on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize this year, and I look forward to your outstanding contributions to maintaining world...
Liu Xiaobo Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by J. Latourelle. December 23, 2009 In the course of my life, for more than half a century, June 1989 was the major turning point. Up to that point, I was a member of the first class to enter university when college entrance examinations were...
Criminal Verdict Translation by HRIC December 25, 2009 (2009) No. 3901 Public Prosecution Organ: Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate Branch No. 1
Defense Statement of the Second Instance Translation by HRIC. January 28, 2010 BEIJING MO SHAOPING LAW FIRM 1 The Southwest Yard Zhongshan Park Beijing 100031 PRC Tel/Fax: 86-10-6605-8311 Zip code: 100031 e-mail: shaoping@public.bta.net.cn To the first department of the Criminal Division of Beijing...
Translation by HRIC. Beijing Municipal High People’s Court Criminal Division, Final Verdict No. 64 (2010) Original Public Prosecution Organ: Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate Branch No. 1
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 1 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. International...
Translation by HRIC. February 5, 2010 After being denied permission by Chinese authorities to attend a literary festival in Cologne, writer Liao Yiwu wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking intervention. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the...

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