defending rights

Essay Warning Against Self-censorship Censored on WeChat

In a darkly ironic but all too familiar twist, WeChat censored an essay explaining that there is no law forbidding citizens to discuss politics. “When ‘Not Talking About ——–’ Becomes A Societal Norm,” ...

Xu Zhiyong: The Last Ten Years

The new website China Change has translated a lengthy essay by rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong, in which he reflects on his work – and changes in Chinese society – over the past decade. Xu Zhiyong founded the Open...

Pu Zhiqiang Is “Key Person,” Barred Hotel Entrance

The story below is translated from a Yanzhao Metropolis Daily report. It is currently unavailable on the newspaper’s website. Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang Says He Is a “Key Person,” Refused Admittance to Hotel Last...

Sensitive: Wrongly Convicted Released in Fujian

As of May 19, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Intertwined Injustices in Fujian: On June 24, 2001, a bomb exploded at the Fuqing City Discipline Inspection...

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...

Xu Zhiyong: On the New Citizens’ Movement

Rights defense lawyer Xu Zhiyong has continued his advocacy despite years of setbacks. The Open Constitution Initiative, a legal assistance NGO he and several other lawyers founded in 2003, was shut down in 2009 by Beijing...

Yu Jianrong: Reassessing China’s ‘Rigid Stability’

In an essay translated by Jason Todd, professor Yu Jianrong argues that China’s fixation on “stability at all costs” is misguided and unsustainable. He advocates the cultivation of a resilient and dynamic...

Censorship Vault: Beijing Internet Instructions Series (3)

In partnership with the China Copyright and Media blog, CDT is adding the “Beijing Internet Instructions” series to the Censorship Vault. These directives were originally published on (Participate) and date from 2005...

Pu Zhiqiang: How to Handle the Police

At Slate, William J. Dobson profiles renowned rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a veteran of June 4th, Charter 08 signatory and friend of Liu Xiaobo, and defender of figures such as Ai Weiwei and Tan Zuoren. The profile is taken from...



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