black jails

Still Waiting for Human Rights Progress Under Xi

At Global Post, Human Rights Watch’s Maya Wang assesses the first hundred days of Xi Jinping’s presidency, and catalogs a series of discouraging episodes on the human rights front. It’s probably unrealistic to expect...

Sensitive Words: Black Jails, Red Bandits

As of May 14, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Lawyers “Surround and Watch” Black Jails: On May 13, 11 rights defense lawyers were detained and...

China’s Black Jail Industry

While there have been promising signs of change for those who travel to Beijing to present their grievances, there are still cases of petitioners being detained in China’s unofficial black jails. Chinese state media report on...

Urban Stability: Treating the Symptoms

Thousands who travel to Beijing to present grievances against local governments land in the capital’s official detention centers and unofficial black jails before being returned to their home provinces. Despite some signs...

Ten Imprisoned for Illegally Detaining Petitioners

Xinhua reported on Tuesday that ten people from Henan have received prison sentences for wrongfully imprisoning petitioners in Beijing, and must also pay compensation. Wang Gaowei and his other nine accomplices, natives of...

Breaking the Cycle of Petition and Interception

ChinaGeeks’ Charles Custer has translated a Caixin opinion piece by Yu Jianrong of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Yu outlines various problems with and resulting from China’s petitioning system and the...

Reports of Mass Release of Petitioners Questioned

On Tuesday, Chengdu-based human rights group Tianwang reported that tens of thousands of petitioners had been released from Jiujingzhuan Relief Service Center, a “black jail” in Beijing. South China Morning Post...

China Denies Black Jail Sentencing

Reuters reports China has sentenced 10 people to jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city: Those convicted were hired by authorities from Changge city in central Henan province to stop petitioners airing their...

Looking for Song Ze

Song Ze, a volunteer who worked with the dissident rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong’s Open Constitution Initiative to help provide humanitarian aid to petitioners, was detained and later switched to “residential...



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