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Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

February 27, 2015–Pu’s arrest is of what human rights experts says is the worst crackdown on activists and lawyers China has seen in a decade. China has consistently been among thelowest ranking countries in the press freedom ratings, but since Xi Jinping became China’s leader in 2012, the crackdown on dissent has further intensified. At least 500 human rights activists and dissidents have been arrested and sent to prison. China’s legal system is highly politicised and as a result the case against Pu is rife with irregularities. Human rights organisations are concerned that, with Pu’s potential conviction, self-censorship will become even more pervasive.

Open Statement and Petition from Japanese Professors and Lawyers

Open Statement and Petition from Japanese Professors and Lawyers

In May 2014, just before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident (June 4th 1989), five persons were detained on charges of “creating a disturbance,” including the prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang.  They were among over ten lawyers, scholars and...
China: Inventing a Crime

China: Inventing a Crime

February 9, 2015–In late January, Chinese authorities announced that they are considering formal charges against Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been in detention since last May. Pu’s friends fear that even a life sentence is possible. The crime? “Picking fights and causing trouble,” and other related offenses, on his microblog.

UN petition on behalf of Lawyer Pu filed

UN petition on behalf of Lawyer Pu filed

December 23, 2014 – A petition was filed to the United Nations on December 12, 2014 on behalf of Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, requesting that the UN Working Group consider Pu’s arrest and detention.

Lawyer Pu could face harsher charges

Lawyer Pu could face harsher charges

November 21, 2014 – Beijing police has handed over the case of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang to prosecutors after pressing a total of four charges against him, according to his lawyer. This latest development confirms fears that the harsher charges may lead to...
The New York City Bar urges for Lawyer Pu’s Immediate Release

The New York City Bar urges for Lawyer Pu’s Immediate Release

Aug 27, 2014 – The New York City Bar urged for the immediate release of Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in a letter sent to the Ministry of Justice in China earlier this month. The letter, dated 7 August 2014, was signed by President Debra Raskin on behalf of...
Pu’s Video Workshop Exposed Party Abuses

Pu’s Video Workshop Exposed Party Abuses

Before he was detained in May 2014, human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang made a 36-minutes video exposing the plight of Xiao Yifei, a local Chinese Communist Party member who was held in detention for alleged corruption.  In the video interview, Xiao described how he was...
Pu’s Medical Parole Denied 3rd Time

Pu’s Medical Parole Denied 3rd Time

July 16, 2014 — Arrested civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s application for medical parole has been rejected a third time even though his health continues to deteriorate, attorney Zhang Sizhi told RFI China in a recent media interview. “Our security officials...
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Pu ZhiqiangPu Zhiqiang is a prominent civil rights lawyer in Beijing, well known internationally and in the mainstream Chinese media for his work in protecting free speech and abolishing labour camps in China, among other issues. He considers himself a moderate working within the legal system to defend the rights of individuals and bring about change in his native country he feels passionate about.  On May 6, 2014, Pu was detained by authorities after attending a private meeting in Beijing where he participated in a discussion about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on student-led protests in Tiananmen Square. On June 13, 2014, he was formally arrested for “creating a public disturbance”  and “illegally obtaining the personal information of citizens.” This website aims to provide the latest news, information and legal analyses of the case for “Lawyer Pu,” who now needs legal and public assistance because of the uncertain future he faces. It will also provide information on other rights lawyers who are detained or facing legal proceedings in China.


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