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Dec 21,2015- One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers was given a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday after being convicted of two charges in connection with his provocative online criticism of the government.
Dec 14, 2015-Pu’s essentially closed trial was held before Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, and lasted for just three hours and 15 minutes. Pu’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, told Quartz that Pu admitted posting all seven messages, and is willing to apologize for his rude words in the posts. But Pu insisted he had no intention of sparking ethnic hatred or creating a disturbance, Mo said, and pleaded innocent.
Dec 10, 2015-One of China’s feistiest and most prominent civil rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, will stand trial on Monday over charges related to his combative online comments, his lawyers said on Thursday, after months of uncertainty about when the contentious case would be heard in court.
Dec 8, 2015-Detained human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who faces eight years in jail, attended a pre-trial meeting at a Beijing court on Tuesday where some of the evidence previously held against him had been dismissed, his lawyer said.
May 23, 2015 – The Chinese authorities indicted lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a well-known human rights defender living in Beijing, earlier this month. It is an unjust action against a conscientious lawyer, and we demand that the Chinese government release Pu immediately.
Pu 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.