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China: Latest information on crackdown against lawyers and activists

Nearly 250 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists have been targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown which began on Thursday 9 July 2015. A total of five lawyers and activists have been convicted, four lawyers and activists are now awaiting trial or verdict. One is now under residential surveillance in designated location.

Total number of lawyers and activists convicted: 5

Total number of lawyers and activists awaiting trial or verdict: 4

Total number of lawyers and activists in residential surveillance in designated location: 1

(Last update: 3pm Beijing time, 15 May 2017)

The names documented below are only those convicted or still detained. Click here for a list with names of all those targeted since the crackdown began with additional information (last update: 6 January 2017).

Convicted:

Lawyers:

周世锋 Zhou Shifeng (Convicted on 4 August 2016; sentenced to seven years in prison and deprived of political rights for five years.)

李和平 Li Heping (Convicted on 28 April 2017; sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for four years and deprived of political rights for four years.)

Activists:

翟岩民 Zhai Yanmin* (Convicted on 2 August 2016; sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for four years and deprived of political rights for four years.)

胡石根 Hu Shigen (Convicted on 3 August 2016; sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and deprived of political rights for five years.)

勾洪国(戈平)Gou Hongguo (Ge Ping) (Convicted on 5 August 2016; sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for three years, and deprived of political rights for three years.)

Awaiting trial or verdict:

Lawyers:

谢阳 Xie Yang (Tried on 8 May 2017; released on bail 9 May)

王全璋 Wang Quanzhang

Activists:

王芳 Wang Fang (Tried on 10 February 2017)

尹旭安 Yin Xu'an (Tried on 13 September 2016)

Under residential surveillance in designated location:

Lawyer:

江天勇 Jiang Tianyong* 

* Their current situations are not included in our full lawyers crackdown list last updated on 6 January 2017.

Amnesty International has collated the list based on various sources and attempted to confirm all information. However, verification remains difficult and not all the information may be up to date.