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Citizens' Square

Citizens’ Square is a virtual Democracy Wall for individuals from China to share their stories online in personal narratives, open letters, statements, and case descriptions, and through photos, court documents, and videos. While most of the posted items are in Chinese, HRIC provides in English the title and a descriptive summary of each item. On occasion, HRIC also provides English translation of the contents of the item itself.

Launched in spring 2010, Citizens’ Square has served as an uncensored platform for petitioners, rights defenders, lawyers, and other citizens to expose corruption and official malfeasance, publicize cases of abuse ranging from illegal detention to kidnapping and torture, and issue public statements, including calls for official accountability and transparency and appeals for just compensation for forced evictions.

The expansion of this virtual Democracy Wall reflects the powerful desire among Chinese citizens to assert their rights and the growing citizen activism in China. Postings on Citizens’ Square have also helped individuals and groups bring international press attention to their cases.

In Citizens’ Square, journalists, researchers, and the general public can learn more about individual cases.

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In a September 2, 2019 Twitter post titled, " Being Summoned for the Second Time ,"* Cheng Hao, the brother of detained Changsha activist Cheng Yuan, provides an account of his being summoned again by the Zhonghuamen police station in Nanjing. According to his account, three police officers came to...
The case of Li Huaiqing, a private entrepreneur in Chongqing who is suspected of “inciting subversion of state power,” will be tried on August 22. After a year and eight months of silence, Li’s wife, Bao Yan, made her first public appeal, directed at relevant government departments: Don't sit back...
On August 12, Cheng Hao, brother of Cheng Yuan, the detained Changsha legal advocate, posted a statement (see below) on Twitter about his interrogation by the police of Zhonghuamen police station in Nanjing on August 8, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” (寻衅滋事). Cheng Hao was...
On July 22, 2019, Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze and Xiao Wu, three public interest law advocates of Changsha Funeng Organization, were seized by Changsha Municipal Bureau of State Security on suspicion of “subversion of state power” and have been detained in its detention center. Shi Minglei, Cheng Yuan’s...
On July 17, Lawyer Zhang Peihong ( 张培鸿 ) went to the Chengdu Detention Center to apply to visit his client Wang Yi ( 王怡 ), pastor at the Early Rain Covenant Church. Zhang was told to go see the officers at the Chengdu Procuratorate. There, he learned that investigation of Wang Yi’s case was...
Jin Bianling (金变玲), wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) ,says in a Twitter post that in recent days, Jiang Tianyong’s family has suffered sharply increased monitoring and harassment by domestic security personnel from the Luoshan County Public Security Bureau, in Xinyang City, Henan...
Liu Tianyan (刘天艳) , wife of dissident Fu Hailu (符海陆) —who is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for creating a wine bottle label in 2016 to mark the anniversary of June Fourth—posted this essay one day before his trial. She points out that Fu had in fact already been imprisoned for...
According to a source inside China, since the Two Congresses started, Pu Wenqing (蒲文清) , the 86-year-old mother of Huang Qi (黄琦) , the detained veteran rights defender and the founder of 64 Tianwang website (64tianwang.com), has been under round-the-clock monitoring by security personnel. She has...
During Chinese New Year, Sichuan rights activist Tan Zuoren ( 谭作人) and his wife, Wang Qinghua ( 王庆华 ) visited the families of several fellow Sichuan rights defenders and activists: the mother of the imprisoned rights activist Huang Qi( 黄琦) ; the parents of Wu Guofeng( 吴国锋) , a student who died in...
Huang Qi ’s ( 黄琦 )mother, Pu Wenqing ( 蒲文清 ), speaks out once again to condemn the authorities’ persecution of Huang Qi. She calls on the international community to pay attention to his case and urges the authorities to transfer Huang Qi, who is suffering from various serious diseases, to a...

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